National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: December 14, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

New Year, New Skills: Four-Part Genealogy Workshop Series at the National Archives

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

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will start 2013 with New Year, New Skills, a four-part genealogy series in January and February. All classes will be held Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 16 through February 6, 2013. Attend one or all of these free workshops. Participants who complete all four will receive a certificate. The workshops will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Keep it Simple: Organizing Your Genealogy Research

Wednesday, January 16 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Have you ever become frustrated looking for that scrap of information but cannot remember where you put it? The cornerstone of every good genealogist is good organization methodology. Learn how to organize your notes and copies to more efficiently maximize your efforts as you continue your family history research. Participants will benefit by learning how to group names, dates, families, geography, and other relevant genealogy research information into a more uniform method.

Something to Talk About: Including Oral History Interviews in Your Family History

Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Oral tradition is a centuries old method of passing information from one generation to the next. Seize the opportunity to keep the tradition alive for another generation by conducting family history interviews. Learn about interview techniques to compile a valuable gift: an oral history that will be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.

Deciphering the Code: Reading Old Script

Wednesday, January 30 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

What does that old letter say? Did grandma have lovely handwriting you cannot quite make out? Learn how to decipher the code! This course will teach you how to recognize and analyze old handwriting that may prove challenging to genealogists. Learn about common misconceptions and popular abbreviations.

Basic Preservation Techniques

Wednesday, February 6 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to properly care for and store your precious family documents, photographs, and other items. This course will teach you the proper methods for storage and types of supplies appropriate for use in your home archives to make your family papers last well into the future.

To make a reservation for these free workshops please call 816-268-8000 or email

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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