The following excerpt is from an article in the February 28, 2011 edition of the Victoria Advocate.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Unearthing family histories will be a lot easier for genealogists with the National Archives at Fort Worth new public research room now open at Montgomery Plaza on West Seventh Street.
“I think we are going to be very, very busy,” said Preston Huff, regional administrator for the archives.
Archives staff members got a preview of demand over the last week as they completed the move. The room opened Monday.
“I probably talked to a dozen researchers that were already hoping we were open,” Huff said.
For decades, the research room has been housed in a bleak 1940s-era brick warehouse ringed by barbed-wire fences at the Federal Depot off Felix Street in south Fort Worth.
“We’re going to get a lot of walk-in traffic at Montgomery Plaza, that just didn’t happen before,” Huff said.
The new research room will house microfilmed and digitized records used primarily for family history research. It will have 10 public-access computers for searching online genealogical information.