The news media is full of reports about the impact of the U.S. government shutdown, both to government employees and to private citizens alike. I see no point in repeating those stories here. However, I will say that genealogists should be aware of the impact to their research efforts.
If you were planning a genealogy research trip in the near future, you need to be aware that:
- The National Archives and Records Administration buildings in the Washington, D.C., area are closed to researchers.
- The National Archives and Records Administration Regional Branches all are closed.
- All the document research areas overseen by the National Archives at presidential libraries are closed.
- Until the shutdown ends, there will be no updates to government websites or social media.
- The government offices typically used by genealogists and historians cannot respond to inquiries, conduct research, process inter-library loan (ILL) or material requests. All government-sponsored activities, workshops, and events are cancelled.
- And it doesn’t stop there – other federal depositories, libraries, and facilities are closed as well.
Summation: Your tax dollars (not) at work!