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The National Archives at Atlanta holds the national collection of 1.5 million Railroad Retirement Board files from 1936 until the late 20th-century. Director of Archival Operations Robert Richards said each file contains hidden bits of family history that would be valuable to genealogists.

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All of Railroad Retirement Board’s records for the entire nation are available at the National Archives’ facility in Morrow. Richards said the available records begin with pension paperwork filed in 1936.

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