Researching Lighthouse Keepers

I receive a number of queries about researching lighthouse keepers so I’d like to devote a post to some of the resources available in the National Archives. Since it’s still Women’s History Month, I will illustrate this piece with records used in creating Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. (Please note that you can click the images to enlarge them for easier reading.) Unless noted, all of these records are located at the downtown Washington, D.C. facility. Registers of Keepers It is fairly easy to compile lists of keepers for lighthouses between 1848 to 1912 by using …

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