The government shutdown means that some of you who had big genealogy research or historical travel plans are up a creek:
- National Archives research facilities are closed, as are most presidential libraries (those operated by private foundations will remain open). Any scheduled events won’t take place. (NARA’s Federal Records Centers are still open.)
- The NARA website will remain online, but information might be out-of-date and transactions, such as military service record requests, might not be processed until the shutdown ends.
- The US Holocaust Memorial Museum will close.
- Update #1: The Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website is offline, so you can’t use the land patents search. (Thanks to commenter Jennifer for the heads up.)
- Update #2: The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors index, which is run by the National Park Service, is offline. (Fortunately, you can search the same information on FamilySearch.org.)
- Update #3: The Library of Congress is closed, its website is inaccessible and events are cancelled.
US mail will still be delivered, so research requests sent to non-federal repositories won’t be affected.
For the sake of those more profoundly affected and for genealogists’ sake, let’s hope this gets resolved soon.