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Press Release
May 3, 2011

National Archives Holds Genealogy-related Programs in May 2011

Washington, DC…In May, the National Archives will feature genealogy-related programs highlighting records from its holdings. These programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Visitors to programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Visitors to the May 17th program in the Adams Room should use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Ave. at 7th St. NW.

Please note that two of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Wednesday, May 4, at 11 a.m., Research Center Room G-24
Introduction to Genealogy
Archives staff present a lecture on using Federal records for genealogy research. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m., Research Center Room G-24
Civil War Unit and Ship Records at the National Archives
Archives technician Timothy Duskin will discuss researching Civil War events and battles at the National Archives through the records of both Union and Confederate Army units and Navy ships. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 17, at 11 a.m. and noon, Adams Room (Special Events Entrance)
From the Records Book Group
After a related presentation at 11 a.m., the book group discusses Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, by Michael J. Neufeld. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a discount for book group participants. Brown bag lunches welcome.

Wednesday, May 18, at 11 a.m., Research Center Room G-24
Beyond the Basics: Transportation Records
David Pfeiffer, National Archives archivist, discusses transportation records in this third Wednesday of the month’s “Beyond the Basics” archival research skills for genealogists. All skill levels welcome.

Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., Research Center Room G-24
Beyond the Basics: Census Search Strategies
Archives staff teach “Beyond the Basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Saturday of the month. This month’s topic is census search strategies. All skill levels welcome.

Saturday, May 21, noon–4 p.m., Research Center Room G-24
“Help! I’m Stuck”
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer genealogy research questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk in room G-26 that Saturday.

Tuesday, May 24, at 11 a.m., Research Center Room G-24
Looking in All the Right Places: Overlooked Documents for Japanese American Family History at the National Archives
Independent researcher and former National Archives volunteer Pamela Loos-Noji presents an overview of records relevant to Japanese American family history research, information in each record, and tips on filling out pull slips. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m.)

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.

Did you miss the National Archives Genealogy Fair: Become Your Family’s Detective April 20-21, 2011? Some materials and PowerPoint presentations are now online [www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/2011/handouts].

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