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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 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, March 12, at 2 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater & US 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, 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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