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On-site and YouTube events showing you how to use U.S. Federal government records held at the National Archives for historical and genealogical research. Events are free and open to all. Registration is not required.

Lectures

Lectures are held throughout the month and available both on-site and on YouTube:

Did you miss the live event? Recordings, handouts, presentations, and captioning are available on the Know Your Records playlist.

Wednesday, April 1, at 2 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater & US National Archives YouTube Channel
Using Pre-1850 Census to Find Family Relationships

Broadcast from the National Archives at Boston, archivist Jean Nudd outlines a methodology for linking parents and children when birth records are not available. Attend on-site or watch on YouTube. Captioning, Handout coming soon.

Wednesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater & US National Archives YouTube Channel
Early Naturalization Records from New England States, 1790–1906

Joseph Keefe, archivist, discusses how to use naturalization proceedings—from federal, state, county, and local courts—from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont between 1790 and September 26, 1906. Broadcast from the National Archives at Boston. Attend on-site or watch on YouTube.

Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater & US National Archives YouTube Channel
Early Naturalization Records from New England States, 1790–1906

Claire Kluskens, archivist, will discuss records in the National Archives that may give information about a veteran's medical condition and whether he received money or an artificial limb from the U.S. Government. Attend on-site or watch on YouTube.

Thursday, May 21, at 2 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater & US National Archives YouTube Channel
Restoring the Brotherhood of Union: Confederate Pardon and Amnesty Records, 1865–1877
Archives specialist John Deeben provides a brief legislative history of amnesty activity during and after the Civil War by examining the application process and resulting records of presidential pardons and congressional amnesty offered to former Confederates. Attend on-site or watch on YouTube.

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Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs by staff are held regularly throughout the month. Attend on-site at the National Archives Building. Events take place in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
Learn from our staff how to do basic family research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month, in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, July 1, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, August 5, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, September 2, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, October 7, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, November 4, at 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, December 2, at 11 a.m. to noon

Pre-recorded versions of this talk are available on the Know Your Records playlist.

“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Prechtel-Kluskens is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday. The genealogy consultations take place on one Saturday a month, in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance).

  • Saturday, April 18, noon-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16, noon-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20, noon-4 p.m.

Additional dates will be added soon. Stay tuned!

YouTube Lectures

National Archives channel

On-site Lectures

William G. McGowan Theater
National Archives Building
Washington, DC
Enter on Constitution Avenue

Genealogy Programs

Room G-25, Research Center
National Archives Building
Washington, DC
Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue

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