Washington, DC Genealogy Fair

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

September 3 & 4, 2013

For the first time, the National Archives hosted a Virtual Genealogy Fair with live lectures via the website UStream.

  • Lectures:  This two-day program featured Federal records of genealogical interest. Lectures were designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. During the presentations, attendees submitted questions for the speakers via UStream and Twitter. See the fair schedule below for the direct links to the sessions (Closed captioning and sign language interpreters are embedded into the videos.).

  • Genealogy Help Line:  During the fair, attendees were able to call our Help Line and receive research guidance from National Archives genealogy staff.

SCHEDULE:

Day 1: Sessions 1 through 6 (VIEW HANDOUTS)


Time

#

Lecture Title/Video

Presenter

Presentation Slides

10AM

1

Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives

John Deeben
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

11AM

2

Introduction to Genealogy: Civilian
(begins at 01:00:27)

Rebecca K. Sharp
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

12PM

3

Alien Files (A-Files)
(begins at 01:59:22)

Elizabeth Burnes
National Archives at Kansas City, MO

Presentation Slides

1PM

4

Native American Records

Michael Wright
National Archives at Fort Worth, TX

Presentation Slides

2PM

5

National Archives Online Resources for Genealogy
(begins at 01:02:10)

Nancy Wing
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

3PM

6

Citizenship Matters: Bureau of Naturalization Files at the National Archives

*This lecture was not recorded due to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services Restrictions.*

Zack Wilske
U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services, Washington, DC

No Slides

Day 2: Sessions 7 through 13 (VIEW HANDOUTS)


Time

#

Lecture Title/Video

Presenter

Presentation Slides

10AM

7

Genealogy and the Freedmanís Bank: Records of the Freedmanís Savings & Trust Company

Damani Davis
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

11AM

8

Military and Civilian Personnel Records:  The National Archives at St. Louis

Ashley Mattingly & Theresa Fitzgerald
National Archives at St. Louis, MO

Presentation Slides

12PM

9

Union Civil War Pension Files

Claire Kluskens
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

1PM

10

Federal Penitentiary Records

Jake Ersland
National Archives at Kansas City, MO

Presentation Slides

2PM

11

Finding U.S. Colored Troops at the National Archives

Trevor Plante
National Archives at Washington, DC

No Slides

3PM

12

Genealogy Through Navy Deck Logs

Mark Mollan
National Archives at Washington, DC

Presentation Slides

4PM

13

Oh, The Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files at the National Archives & Records

Marisa Louie (for Susan Karren) National Archives at San Francisco, CA
National Archives at Seattle, WA

Presentation Slides

Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see www.archives.gov.

For more information about the fair, e-mail KYR@nara.gov.

Regarding links outside of the National Archives Website (Archives.gov): We have provided a link to this site because it has information that may interest you. This link is not an endorsement by the National Archives of the opinions, products, or services presented on this site, or any sites linked to it. The National Archives is not responsible for the legality or accuracy of information on this site, the policies, or for any costs incurred while using this site.


Posters and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

First Genealogy Fair poster (2005)

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