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Press Release
March 17, 2009

Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in April 2009

Fifth Annual Genealogy Fair to be held April 22 and 23

Washington, DC…In April, the National Archives will feature two programs highlighting records from its holdings, and a two-day Genealogy Fair. All programs are free and open to the public. The programs will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center in Washington, DC. Please note that one program will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Visitors to all programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) 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. See directions to both locations.

Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff will present a lecture on basic genealogical researching Federal records. This lecture occurs on the first Wednesday of the month. The next lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 6.

Tuesday, April 7, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
Declassifying Secrets: Opening Classified Records for Public Disclosure

Archivist Neil Carmichael will discuss the declassification process at the National Archives, past executive orders, present initiatives and the future of declassification in the executive branch. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, April 9, at 11 a.m.).

Fifth Annual Genealogy Fair
Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
The National Archives will host its fifth annual Genealogy Fair on April 22 and 23. The fair showcases Federal records located at the National Archives and professional genealogy organizations’ resources for doing research on family history. The fair will provide information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and beginners.

Sessions will be divided into three categories: Getting Started, Online Records and Databases, and Other Selected Topics. See more information about the Fifth Annual Genealogy Fair.

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

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