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Press Release
September 30, 2010

National Archives Holds Special Programs Highlighting its Records in November 2010

Washington, DC…In November, the National Archives will feature programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Please note that two of the programs 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. Note: please use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street for the program held in the Adams Presidential Conference Room. The National Archives at College Park, MD, is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Veterans Records at Ancestry.com
Tuesday, November 2, at 11 a.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Sabrina Petersen, Business Operations Manager from Ancestry.com, discusses National Archives World War I and World War II veterans’ records available at Ancestry.com. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room D, Thursday, November 4, at 11 A.M.)

Introduction to Genealogy
Wednesday, November 3, at 11 a.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Beyond the Basics: Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans
Saturday, November 13, at 10 a.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills on using headstone applications for U.S. Military Veterans (all skill levels welcome).

“Help! I’m Stuck”
Saturday, November 13, noon to 4 p.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Would you like to explore new directions in your research? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions. Look for the “Help! I’m Stuck” sign at the Research Center desk.

From the Records Book Group
Tuesday, November 16, at 11 am. and noon—Adams Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)           
The Book Group will hold a related presentation at 11 a.m. followed by a discussion at noon on A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII, by Dan Kurzman. Please bring your own refreshments to enjoy. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for book group participants.

Beyond the Basics—The Weather and Family History
Wednesday, November 17, at 11 a.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills. This month’s topic is “The Weather and Family History: From the Revolution to the 1940 Census” (all skill levels welcome).

Gateway to Family Research: Records of the Panama Canal
Thursday, November 18, at 11 a.m.—National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B
In recognition of today’s 107th anniversary of the treaty signed with Panama for building the canal, archivist/genealogy specialist Reginald Washington presents Panama Canal records for genealogical research at the National Archives. People from over 40 nations worked on the Canal.

The National Archives Building is 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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