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February 13, 2002
March and April 2002 Genealogy Workshops at the National Archives

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration will hold genealogy workshops on New Immigrants, the 1930 Census, Irish Genealogy, British Genealogy, Union and Confederate Records, and African American Genealogy. The fee for each workshop is $15, payable at the door by check or exact amount in cash. Advance registration is required; call 202-501-6694.

The genealogy workshops will take place in Room 105 at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted. The public may verify times and dates by calling 202 -501-6694.

Tuesday, March 5-New Immigrants, Part 1
Guest lecturer John P. Colletta, Ph.D., presents the first of two workshops that explore the sources and methods for researching the immigration stories of ancestors from continental Europe, ca. 1882-1924. Family lore and keepsakes, library resources, and an overview of the immigrant groups will be discussed in today's workshop. See March 26 for Part 2.

Thursday, March 7 - Preparing For The 1930s Census
The 1930 census opens on April 1, 2002. Constance Potter, an archivist working on preparing the 1930 census, will talk about how researchers can begin to prepare for the census. She will review the questions on the 1930 schedules and the instructions to the enumerators. She will also explain the finding aids prepared for the census such as microfilmed copies of enumeration district maps and enumeration district descriptions.

Thursday, March 14 - Beginning Irish Genealogical Research
To do research in Ireland you need to know your ancestor's county of birth. Guest lecturer Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL, will revisit basic U.S. sources to help establish the geographical origin of your Irish ancestor. Family information, censuses, city directories, newspapers, military records, and court records are some of the possibilities. She will be joined by Kyle Betit, of Salt Lake City, who will cover Irish sources available though the Family History Library. He will discuss some Internet sources and informational CDs.

Tuesday, March 19-Beginning British Genealogical Research
Guest lecturer Gail Redmann, Library Director at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, will provide an overview of available records for the British Isles. Ms. Redmann will present examples primarily from England and Wales, with a few examples from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Tuesday, March 26-New Immigrants, Part 2
Guest lecturer John P. Colletta, Ph.D., presents the second of two workshops that explore the sources and methods for researching the immigration stories of ancestors from continental Europe, ca. 1882-1924. The lecture will focus on key Federal, state, and local resources.

Tuesday, April 16-Union Civil War Records
Guest lecturer Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL, will discuss commonly used compiled military service and pension records. Lesser-used correspondence and medical records and Regular Army and Volunteers records will also be discussed.

Thursday, April 18-Confederate Civil War Records
Guest lecturer Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL, will discuss compiled military service records and the lesser-used correspondence records. Some of these records can be used to locate civilians as well as soldiers.

Tuesday, April 23 - African American Genealogy
Reginald Washington, staff archivist, will give a workshop on using Federal records for African American genealogical research. He will discuss census records, military service and pension files, Freedmen's Bureau records, and other records. 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov.

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