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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.

Thursday, February 12, at 2 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater & YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
50th Anniversaries of Voting Rights

In recognition of the 50th anniversaries of the Selma to Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, archivist Tina Ligon presents records documenting these pivotal events in American history. Handout, Presentation, and Captioning.

Tuesday, February 24, at 2 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater & YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
Protecting America’s Treasures: Black History in the Vault

Archives specialist Netisha Currie describes records relating to African-American history held in our vault as well as unrestricted records available from our stacks.
Handout, Presentation, and Captioning.

March

Thursday, March 12, at 2 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater & YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
Freedmen’s Bureau Records for Family & Historical Research

Damani Davis, archivist, provides examples of various types of records from the “Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands” and explains their historical and genealogical value.

For DC location details see our Visitor's Guide.

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Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs are held at the National Archives Building (enter on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building) throughout the month.

Wednesday, February 4, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Saturday, February 21, at noon-4 p.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist 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.

March

Wednesday, March 4, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives.

Saturday, March 21, noon-4 p.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

Sign up for a 20-minute appointment with an archivist at the Microfilm Research Desk on Saturday.

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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