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Press Release
May 3, 2013

National Archives Holds Records-related Programs in May

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Washington, DC…In May, the National Archives “Know Your Records” program presents genealogy clinics and records lectures highlighting holdings ranging from the Civil War Court Martial papers to non-population Census records. All programs are free and open to the public and will be held at National Archives Building Research Center. Visitors should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.

Wednesday, May 15, at 11 a.m.
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Civil War Courts-Martial
Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a lecture on Civil War court-martial records by archives specialist Timothy Syzek (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Nonpopulation Census Records
Claire Kluskens, archivist, will show you how to better understand our ancestors’ lives from information in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 census schedules of agriculture, industry, mortality, and social statistics, as well as the 1935 census of business.

Saturday, May 18, at noon–4 p.m.
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Clinic
Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your research questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Research Center main desk on Saturday.

Background on “Know Your Records” programs

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. The “Know Your Records Program” offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the annual genealogy fair, an online genealogy tutorial, reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington, DC, area researchers.

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 email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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