New National Archives Website is now live!

Adapted from a NARA Press Release:

Washington, DC… The National Archives and Records Administration launched a redesigned web site on December 13, 2010, as part of its flagship Open Government Initiative.

"It's essential for the National Archives to have a user-friendly online presence,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, (the first Archivist to blog, tweet, and launch a Facebook page). “We hope to reach new audiences while still engaging our long-time users, researchers and visitors. This redesign – part of the National Archives flagship Open Government Initiative – reflects the ongoing effort to engage the public and make records of the National Archives easier to find and use."

The new web site features:

* A brand new home page voted by the public in July 2010;
* A new interactive “Our Locations” map of NARA’s facilities nationwide;
* Historical documents and streamlined access to military service records (81 percent of visitors are looking for this information);
* Single topically organized sections focused on the needs of both casual browsers and professional researchers; and
* Easy links to National Archives’ social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and both the Archivist's AOTUS blog and other National Archives blogs.

Visit for the explanation and examples of the key changes.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.