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August 21, 2013

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair
September 3-4

Free online genealogy fair webcast

WHAT:

The National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on the U.S. National Archives UStream channel.

This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.

Lecture topics include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs.

Genealogy Help Line:  Call with your genealogy questions. National Archives staff in Washington, DC will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) during the Fair on September 3 and 4 on our special hotline at 202-357-5420. You may also email us at inquire@nara.gov, or call our Washington, DC Customer Service Center telephone during regular business hours at 1-866-325-7208.

For the upcoming schedule, how to participate, and other details, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page [www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair].

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT and
Wednesday, September 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:

Schedule and details are available on the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page. The online webcast will be streamed live from the U.S. National Archives UStream channel.

WHO:

Speakers include Zack Wilske from USCIS and National Archives experts Damani Davis, John Deeben, Theresa Fitzgerald, Susan Karren, Claire Prechtel Kluskens, Ashley Mattingly, Mark Mollan, Trevor Plante, Rebecca Sharp, Nancy Wing, and Michael Wright.

HOW:

The National Archives will make this event available via webcast. The webcast will include closed captioning and an American Sign Language interpreter. Join the webcast on the U.S. National Archives UStream channel [www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives]. Recorded sessions will be available online after the event.

Background

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see www.archives.gov.

For more information, visit [www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/] or e-mail KYR@nara.gov. Follow the National Archives on Twitter:  @USNatArchives. Join the Genealogy Fair conversation on Twitter using #genfair2013.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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