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Press Release
July 31, 2006

National Archives Hosts
an African American Genealogy Symposium
September 8-9, 2006

WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will present a two-day African American Genealogy Symposium on Friday and Saturday, September 8-9, 2006. Archivists and genealogists will discuss how to get started on your family research, Government documents and African Americans, Five Civilized Tribes, slavery and the census, Black migration, Blacks in the Navy, WW1 draft registrations, the U.S. Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers, Southern Claims Commission records, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and other primary sources available to trace your family history, DAR sources and the newest findings regarding DNA. The symposium will provide information and guidance for seasoned genealogy professionals and novices alike.

A fee of $40 for the two day symposium ($25 for one day) is payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations required. To pre-register, call Jessie White, 202-357-5333.

If you need to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter), please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

WHEN: Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.).

WHERE: Due to flood damage at the National Archives Building, in Washington, DC, we will be holding the African American Genealogy Symposium in the auditorium and conference rooms at the National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.

WHO: Sam Ford, ABC7/WJLA-TV, will give the keynote address.

Background:
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable noncurrent records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists such as decennial censuses, immigration records, military records, and public land records. For information on NARA’s holdings see www.archives.gov.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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