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Record Description
Record Type National Register
Collection years 1954-1970
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What is in This Collection?Edit

This collection contains an index from registers of specialized personnel from NARA's Access to Archival Data. It includes professionals in the field of biology, chemistry, economics, geology, mathematics, psychology, and meteorology, physics, anthropology, political science, and sociology. These registers were created from data compiled from survey questionnaires sent to social and natural scientists. Some of the content in these records changes depending on the year it was gathered, but each record contains important genealogical information. The collection includes records from 1954 to 1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?Edit

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name
  • Gender
  • Year of birth
  • Nationality
  • Educational level
  • Employer
  • Military status
  • Society name
  • Educational major
  • Year obtained degree
  • Institution granting degree

Collection ContentEdit

Sample of indexed information:

John C Smith United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files
Name John C Smith
Event Type Residence
Event Date Oct 1955
Event Place Wyoming, United States
Gender Male
Nationality USA
Education Level Bachelors Degree
Birth Year 1919
Employer Federal Government, Including Armed Forces
Military Status Not On Active Duty
Society Name American Biological Society
Educational Major Forestry And Range Science
Year Obtained Degree 1944
Institution Granting Degree Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO; Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical Coll - Fort Collins, CO

How Do I Search This Collection?Edit

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The surname of your ancestor
  • The employment specialty of your ancestor

Search the IndexEdit

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?Edit

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?Edit

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Use the name and year of birth to obtain a birth record
  • Use name and ages along with the places to search for census records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records

Research HelpsEdit

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

Citing This CollectionEdit

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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