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ARTICLE_TEXT <p><a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2010/01/rummaging-in-the-governments-a.html">Sullivan's article</a>&nbsp;in <i>The Washington Post </i>focuses on a press release from a nonprofit organization called <a href="http://www.governmentattic.org/">Governmentattic.org</a>&nbsp;which allows access to hundreds of Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.</p> <p>Copies of FBI files for specific individuals&nbsp;may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act simply by writing to the FBI. The file requested must be of a deceased individual or personally requested by a living&nbsp;individual.&nbsp; The free web sites <a href="http://www.getgrandpasfbifile.com/"><font color="#0c4790">Get Grandpa's FBI File</font></a> or <a href="http://www.getmyfbifile.com/">Get My FBI File</a> and the <a href="http://foia.fbi.gov/foia_instruc.htm"><font color="#0c4790">FBI's own web site</font></a> can help with making such requests. The FBI charges copying fees of $0.10 per page for files more than 100 pages; files less than 100 pages are free.</p> <p>Read&nbsp;about&nbsp;Government&nbsp;Records and the FBI:</p> <p><strong><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2448284~S1">The manual to online public <font color="#ff0000">records</font> : the researcher's tool to online resources of public <font color="#ff0000">records</font> and public information / by Hetherington &amp; Sankey</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2408858~S1"><font color="#ff0000">FBI</font> 100 years : an unofficial history / Henry M. Holden</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2265007~S1"><font color="#ff0000">FBI</font> careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America's finest / Thomas H. Ackerman</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b1611046~S1">The <font color="#ff0000"><strong>FBI</strong></font> : a comprehensive reference guide / [written and] edited by Athan G. Theoharis with Tony G. Poveda, Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2202714~S1">My <font color="#ff0000"><strong>FBI</strong></font> : bringing down the Mafia, investigating Bill Clinton, and fighting the War on Terror / Louis J. Freeh with Howard Means</a></strong></p>
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Genealogy

Did Grandpa Have an FBI File?

Sullivan's article in The Washington Post focuses on a press release from a nonprofit organization called Governmentattic.org which allows access to hundreds of Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Copies of FBI files for specific individuals may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act simply by writing to the FBI. The file requested must be of a deceased individual or personally requested by a living individual.  The free web sites Get Grandpa's FBI File or Get My FBI File and the FBI's own web site can help with making such requests. The FBI charges copying fees of $0.10 per page for files more than 100 pages; files less than 100 pages are free.

Read about Government Records and the FBI:

The manual to online public records : the researcher's tool to online resources of public records and public information / by Hetherington & Sankey

FBI 100 years : an unofficial history / Henry M. Holden

FBI careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America's finest / Thomas H. Ackerman

The FBI : a comprehensive reference guide / [written and] edited by Athan G. Theoharis with Tony G. Poveda, Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers

My FBI : bringing down the Mafia, investigating Bill Clinton, and fighting the War on Terror / Louis J. Freeh with Howard Means


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