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Press Release
February 3, 2011

National Archives Holds Genealogy-related Programs in March 2011

Washington, DC…In March, 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 March 15th program in the Adams Room should use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Ave. at 7th St. NW.

Wednesday, March 2, 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, March 15, at 11 a.m. and noon, Adams Room (Special Events Entrance)
From the Records Book Group Discussion
After a related presentation at 11 a.m., the Book Group at noon will discuss The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II by Ilaria Dagnini Brey. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a discount for book group participants. Brown bag lunches welcome.

Wednesday, March 16, at 11 a.m., Research Center, Room G-24
Beyond the Basics Research Skills: Civil War Patents
Michael Hussey, archivist, will teach today's “Beyond the Basics” archival research skills on patents developed during the Civil War (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., Research Center, Room G-24
Beyond the Basics: Archival Research Tools
Archives staff teach “Beyond the Basics” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Saturday of the month. This month’s topic is research tools for digging deeper into National Archives records (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, March 19, 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.

Save the Date!

National Archives 7th Annual Genealogy Fair: Become Your Family’s Detective
Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, 2011, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
National Archives Research Center
This two-day program showcases the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair provides information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Reservations are not required, the fair is free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives. See more information about the fair.

The National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park 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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