NARA Research Databases


The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.


The Access to Archival Databases (AAD) System provides online access to electronic records from more than 30 archival series of electronic records.

1930 Census

  • is not a family- or individual-name index or a digital version of the original records.
  • contains the microfilm lists for the 1930 population schedules and the Soundex indexes, searchable by over 120,000 geographic locations.
  • allows you to know before visiting NARA exactly which roll(s) of microfilm you need to view, rent, or buy to start your research.
  • is a good place to begin your census research. Only by viewing the actual microfilm rolls will you be able to complete your research.
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