National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: September 5, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives Second Annual Fall Genealogy Symposium

For More Information Contact:
Lori Cox-Paul, 816-268-8017

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering, What is Old is New: Rediscovering Records for Genealogy Research, its second annual fall genealogy symposium on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The symposium features five different presentations: Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin with Archives Staff Member, Jennifer Audsley Moore; Googling Your Genealogy and Navigating Ancestry.com with Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar; Maneuvering the New Search on Fold3.com with Certified Genealogist, Evie Bresette; and Military Records Were Destroyed? What to do? Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File with Professional International Genealogist and Consultant, Kathleen Brandt.

Familiar resources once found only on microfilm are becoming widely available via a variety of websites. Genealogists should keep current on how to use and access these tools as this shift occurs. National Achives Staff and guest lecturers will offer workshops that reintroduce both new and long-time genealogists to resources. Learn new search techniques, understand information organization on popular websites, and re-examine resources in ways you may not have considered. Look for clues in records you may have missed years ago.

Participants are welcome to attend one or all of these free workshops held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Seating is limited, reserve your space today by submitting your RSVP to 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov. Free WiFi access will be available to attendees.

Workshop Descriptions:

Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jennifer Audsley Moore Interested in starting your family history research? Not sure where to begin? Come learn the basics of what you need in order to start, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist, and how original records help tell your family’s story.

Googling Your Genealogy

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar Searching online can be a powerful tool for any researcher. Many historical documents and resources have been placed online, and one of the biggest challenges for genealogists is knowing how and where to start looking for them. Learn to harness the power of the internet through the use of simple tools and tricks for effectively finding websites and useful resources for genealogy research. Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Navigating Ancestry.com

11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar Subscription-based genealogy website, Ancestry.com, contains a wealth of information, but unless you understand the structure and depth of the website, your search results and success will be limited. Come learn about the different databases and effective search strategies to uncover more about your ancestors! Patrons are encouraged to bring WiFi enabled device to follow along in class.

Maneuvering the New Search on Fold3.com

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. with Certified Genealogist, Evie Bresette What's old is new again! Genealogy websites change their format from time to time to enhance search capabilities. Specializing in military records, Fold3.com recently unveiled a radically new search tool. New and experienced genealogists alike will benefit from learning how to utilize this resource effectively to find or rediscover your ancestors.

Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do? Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. with Professional International Genealogist and Consultant, Kathleen Brandt Between 16 to 18 million military service files, many from WWI and WWII, were destroyed by the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. However, this loss should not discourage researchers from uncovering an ancestor's military experience.

To make a reservation for these free workshops please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

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 us online.

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