The National Archives at New York City

Workshops and Program Schedule

2016 Finding Family Genealogy Series

Our Finding Family Genealogy Series is offered every Spring (March through June) and Fall (September through December) on the following dates.

The series of workshops are free and open to all interested in learning about genealogical research using records from the National Archives.



March 8, 2016

Introduction to U.S. Federal Census Records
Census Records are often the building blocks for your genealogical research.  Come learn about the Federal Census Records of 1790 to 1940.  Staff will provide an overview of these resources as well as tips for tracing ancestors from one decade to the next.  


April 12, 2016

Introduction to Passenger Arrival Records
Immigration records, also known as "ship passenger arrival records," may provide genealogists with a wealth of information for persons arriving in the New York area as early as 1820. Come learn how to navigate these records.



May 10, 2016

Introduction to Naturalization Records
Also known as citizenship records, these later records can often provide detailed information about a person's legal entry into the U.S.  Come learn strategies for searching these records and learning more about your immigrant ancestor.


June 14, 2016

Introduction to Military Records
The National Archives maintains all military service records beginning with the Revolutionary Wary.  Join staff as they provide an overview of Military Service Records and how to order copies of records. This session will also include a broad overview on how to locate other Military records within our holdings.

Registration: The public should register via or 866-840-1752 to reserve a space.

Cost: All programs are free and open to the public

Location: All programs will be held in the Learning Center, on the 3rd floor of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

Time: Programs run from Noon to 1:00pm.

Additional Information

Workshop Topics:

The National Archives at New York City offers a variety of free workshops. We encourage participants to learn about using our resources for genealogical, educational, and other purposes. Our workshops vary throughout the year and tailored to meet the needs of our various audiences.

Please note that these are past events, and we may not be able to repeat them exactly in terms of the subjects covered. We do try to cover the major genealogy records -- Census, naturalization, passenger arrival records -- every year, and we provide workshops for beginners and experienced researchers. We also offer workshops on "underutilized" records.

Please let us know if you are interested in a particular topic. The New York staff is knowledgeable about all our archival materials and available to design a workshop to meet a specific audience or genealogical interest. Our staff is available to present lectures at local, state, and regional genealogy functions. Contact us for more information or to set up a workshop.

For additional NARA workshops and courses visit the Nationwide Genealogy Workshops Calendar and the Washington, DC, Programs Calendar.

Guest Programs:

We also host programs exclusively for guest organizations, genealogical groups, historical associations, colleges, universities, schools, community groups, and more upon request. Please contact us if your group is interested in an exclusive presentation and tour, or a particular topical program. Guest programs are open to members (current and new prospects) of the guest institutions or organizations.

How To Register for National Archives at New York City programs:

All workshops are free! Workshop and tour space is limited (approximately 40 participants), so prior registration is required. Call us at 866.840.1752 toll-free or e-mail us at to register or for more details.

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