Press Release: January 6, 2011
National Archives at Kansas City
National Archives to offer Genealogy Workshops in January
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information: Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering the following free Genealogical Workshops during January.
Friday, January 21 - 1:00 p.m. - Provost Marshal Records, presented by Archivist Jake Ersland - The Provost Marshal General's Bureau was created in 1863 to streamline the process of filling the ranks of the Union Army. This entailed enrolling men for the draft, enlisting volunteers, conducting physical examinations for enlisted men, and arresting deserters. In the process of carrying out these tasks, the Provost Marshal recorded a wealth of information on men eligible for military service during the Civil War. The result is a gold mine for genealogists, who can use the records of Provost Marshal General's Bureau to learn fascinating details about their ancestors and what their lives were like during this crucial time in American history.
Friday, January 28 - 1:00 p.m. - 68,937 and Counting: Inmate Case Files at U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, KS, presented by Archives Specialist Steve Spence - A treasure of information awaits researchers and genealogists inside the prison records of Leavenworth Penitentiary. More than almost any other federal record, inmate case files offer unsurpassed biographical details on the life of an inmate. This presentation will cover what is available inside inmate case files and how to go about using them for genealogical research.
These workshops are free, but reservations are encouraged. To ensure your seat call 816-268-8010 or register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information about the presenters
Jake Ersland joined the staff at the National Archives at Kansas City as an archivist in 2008 after previously working as a student hire, contractor, and intern. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in History from Pittsburg State University. Ersland oversees holdings maintenance projects, the accessioning of new records, handles reference requests, and writes descriptions of records, as well as performing other miscellaneous duties.
Steve Spence is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Kansas City. Since joining the staff in 2004 he has worked extensively with the records from Leavenworth Penitentiary. Spence received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Masters in Public Affairs from Park University.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit: www.archives.gov/central-plains.
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