Know Your Records Program

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Are you looking for a way to present research work done at the National Archives?

The Know Your Records program staff would like to hear from you. Through this program, lecturers present programs designed to educate researchers, staff, and volunteers about the various holdings found within the National Archives. You can submit your ideas for a presentation at KYR@nara.gov.

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Free events to keep you in the know, held in Washington, DC, and College Park, Maryland.

Lectures

Lectures are held weekly on Tuesdays at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC, in Room G-25 (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building) and repeated on Thursdays in Lecture Room B, National Archives at College Park, MD. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam

In recognition of the anniversary of the Civil War battle at Antietam, Jamesina Thatcher examines hand-drawn maps by veterans in creation of the battlefield's Atlas.

Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B

Thursday September 11, at noon
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Era

Katherine Scott, Assistant Historian in the Senate Historical Office, discusses her book, Reining in the State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Era.

Tuesday, September 16, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Getting to Know Fold3

Fold3 is the web’s premier collection of original military records. The presentation will be an introduction and overview of the Fold3 website, with examples and tips for basic searching, viewing and using other features of the site.

Thursday, September 18, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room D

Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Using World War II Naval Records for Genealogical Research

Jacob Haywood and Paul Cogan of the National Archives will discuss how to use World War II naval records in the National Archives at College Park for genealogical research.

Thursday, September 25, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B

Tuesday, September 30, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
World War II Enemy Aliens Program

Lynn Goodsell, archivist at the National Archives, discusses WWII enemy alien control programs and related records focusing on programs affecting individuals of German, Italian, and Japanese ancestry living in the United States and Latin America.

Thursday, October 2, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C

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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, September 3, 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, September 20, 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.


Lectures

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

Thursdays: Lecture Room B
National Archives at College Park, Maryland

Genealogy Programs

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

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