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February 8, 2008

Special Programs to Highlight National Archives Records in March

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Washington, DC…In March, the National Archives will feature a series of programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted) and will be held in the National Archives Building and at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

The National Archives Building is located on Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Visitors to all programs in the National Archives Building Research Center should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The National Archives at College Park, MD is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. Directions to both locations are available online.

But Grandma Never Carried a Gun: Locating Women Using Records Created by the Military
Friday, March 7, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Jefferson Room, National Archives Building
Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, will provide an overview of records created by the military which will help researchers locate information on the women who were the mothers, wives and sisters of soldiers. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Effective Internet Genealogy Searching
Wednesday, March 12, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Washington Room, National Archives Building
Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, CGL, will provide instruction on how to search the Internet when conducting research. Participants will learn ways to creatively and effectively search the Internet for hidden tidbits to help them progress in their family history research. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Beginning Your Irish Genealogy Research in US Sources
Friday, March 14, 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Jefferson Room, National Archives Building
Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, CGL, will cover the basics of finding the origin of Irish ancestors using resources available in the United States. She will share strategies for using passenger lists, immigration records, military records, census records, city directories, and other original sources of value in tracking down the origin of Irish immigrants. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Footnotes
Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance
National Archives Librarian Jeffery Hartley will discuss how the National Archives and Footnote.com are working as partners to bring unprecedented access to selections of the vast holdings of the National Archives. He will focus on what is currently available and how to access and use Footnote.com. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 6, at 10 a.m.)

Civil War Records at Footnote.com
Tuesday, March 4, 11:00 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance
Beau Sharbrough, Vice President of Content for Footnote.com, will discuss Civil War records at Footnote.com. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m.)

Irish History
Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance
Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, will discuss Irish records and Irish migration to America.

Researching Electronic Records via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance
Archives Specialist Lynn Goodsell will offer an introduction to electronic ("digitally-born") records of interest to genealogists and how to access the records online via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) resource
. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 20, at 11a.m.)

From the Records Book Group
Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 11 a.m. and noon, Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center - Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance
Following a lecture at 11 a.m. on records relating to Gettysburg, the Book Group will discuss These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory, by Thomas A. Desjardin. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for participants. NOTE: April’s book selection is All You Need is Love: the Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s, by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman.

Save the Date!
National Archives Genealogy Fair

The National Archives’ annual Genealogy Fair will take place Wednesday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the National Archives Building Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Both Archives facilities are fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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

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