National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 14, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives February 2013 Genealogy Workshops

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

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering five free genealogy workshops in February. All classes will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Basic Preservation Techniques
Wednesday, February 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Learn how to properly care for 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.

United States Colored Troops During the Civil War
Friday, February 8 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

African Americans provided vital support and service during the Civil War. President Lincoln commended African Americans as playing an important role in the Union victory. Their contributions can be explored through many types of Federal records. Come learn about your African American ancestors and their contributions to the Union during the Civil War.

Exploring Civil Rights and Wrongs in the Holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City
Wednesday, February 20 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

The National Archives at Kansas City has a wealth of resources available for historians, students, educators, lawyers, and the general public. This session will explore the vast array of civil rights court cases that document the struggle for civil rights and demonstrate the many "wrongs" that took years to overcome in the holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City.

African American Census Research
Thursday, February 21 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Tracking African American ancestors through the U.S. Federal Census can be challenging due to the heritage of slavery. Learn how to evaluate data on the Census to learn more about African American ancestors that were free and slaves.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Look at Naturalization Records
Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Throughout American history, immigration and naturalization laws have ebbed and flowed with the political climate. As a result, tracking down documentation and evidence of your ancestor’s path to citizenship can be a challenge. Come learn about the paperwork involved with the process and how naturalization encompassed a variety of individuals from immigrants even to the native born.

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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