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21 Nov 2013

The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa

The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa a beautifully written piece by Wil S. Hylton in the The New York Times Magazine. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa. The battle lasted three days, costing 1,100 U.S. Marines their lives. As many as 520 Marines still lie in unmarked graves on Tarawa, despite a post-war recovery effort. Hylton’s piece features Mark Noah, a commercial pilot, who has devoted himself to finding and returning these remains to their families.

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Courtesy New York Times

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23 Aug 2013

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

Courtesy NARA

Courtesy NARA

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

The National Archives announced today that it will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on the U.S. National Archives UStream channel. The virtual genealogy fair is schedule for:

  • Wednesday, September 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, September 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT

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15 Apr 2013

Income Tax and Genealogy

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The first 1040 in 1913. Courtesy NARA

Today’s topic is income tax and genealogy. The National Archives has an exhibition that includes the first 1040 form (above). If you are wondering what your ancestors paid in taxes, here is some background from NARA:

The Civil War prompted the first American income tax, a flat 3-percent on all annual incomes over $800, in 1861. Congress enacted a 2-percent tax on annual income over $4,000 in 1894, but it was quickly struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

By the early 20th century, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties advocated a constitutional amendment allowing a Federal income tax. On July 12, 1909, Congress passed a joint congressional resolution proposing such an amendment. The resolution was then sent to the states for consideration. By February 3, […]

12 Mar 2013

Digital Public Library of America’s Pilot Project


The National Archives announced today that it will help launch the first pilot project of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries, and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point.

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