Digging up family roots is going to get a little easier and cheaper for residents of the Fort Worth area. The National Archives at Fort Worth will open a family research center next year in the bustling West Seventh Street area. The Montgomery Plaza location will be a convenient upgrade from the center's current home in a dreary 1940s-era warehouse surrounded by security fences at the Federal Depot in south Fort Worth.
"That whole Seventh Street area is just exploding. We think it's a perfect location," said Preston Huff, regional administrator for the archives.
The new research room will house microfilmed and digitized records used primarily for family history research. It will have 10 public-access computers for searching online genealogical information. The big benefit for family researchers will be free access to paid genealogical sites like Ancestry.com and Footnote.com, which partner with the National Archives in digitizing records,
You can read more in an article by Steve Campbell in the Star-Telegram at http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/26/2728401/new-archives-research-center-to.html
My thanks to Betty Clay for telling me about this article.