The National Archives at Seattle

National Archives at Seattle

Special Events and Workshops - 2014

group Let's meet for lunch at the "brick wall", the SECOND Thursday of each month. Bring your lunch and your brick-wall research problem and a group of archivists will meet you between 11:30 and 1:00 to help you solve it. FREE

Scheduled Workshops at the National Archives at Seattle:
Reservations strongly encouraged. All workshops are free. Free parking is also provided.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 The National Archives Online
The National Archives is working DAILY to make their 12 billion original documents more readily available by placing document descriptions AND digital images online. In addition, NARA documents are being scanned and indexed by private organizations in record numbers. Come find out how to access these wonderful resources, including an update of the new indexes for the 1940 US census!
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Understanding the National Archives
The National Archives holds over 12 billion federal documents from over 500 federal agencies in 38 facilities across the United States. Come learn where they are and what they hold. About 37,000 cubic feet of these documents are held in the Seattle facility. Come learn to analyze copies of some of the original documents, see how they are stored and retrieved, and learn how to use these documents in your own historical research.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Brick Wall Genealogy Discussion Group
Come bring your brown-bag lunch and your "impossible genealogy problem" and our knowledgeable staff will brainstorm possible solutions! All sessions are FREE and are held from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 Thursday, October 9, 2014
Workshops available by appointment
Contact for more information or call 206-336-5115.

Workshops at the National Archives at Seattle

Presentations and workshops at the Seattle facility can be scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month on a first-come-first served basis. Morning or afternoon sessions are available between the times of 9 AM and 4 PM. All-day workshops are also available, when time and space permits.

Workshops at your facility

Presentations can be brought to your school, genealogical society, library or other public venue at your convenience. This option is subject to available staff, travel funding, and geographic proximity.

Workshops online by webinar

Webinar presentations for your local group can be projected onto a screen in your own classroom using a computer connected to the internet and/or broadcast to up to30 personal computers. Attending a short "set up" webinar will be required (usually one day in advance) if you have never logged in to ATT Connect.

Possible Topics

  • Researching NARA Records Online
  • Finding and Researching Original Records at the National Archives
  • NARA Resources for American Indian Research
  • Military and Veterans Records at NARA
    • The Revolutionary Period to 1814
    • Records of the Civil War
    • Records of World War I and II
    • Military Records in the Modern Era
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records at NARA
  • NARA Records for Establishing Historical Context
  • National Archives Records and the Common Core.
  • Bringing Family History Into the Classroom

If you have a specific request or an idea for a NARA-related topic not listed here, please do not hesitate to ask!

How to Register

Cost: Most workshops listed on this page are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. All suggested donations, if requested, are payable by cash or check at the door. Ample free parking is provided.

Location: The National Archives at Seattle, 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Classes are held either in the upstairs Conference Room or our main floor Learning Center.

Registration: Advance registration is advised. Classes are held on a first come, first served basis. To register, call 206-336-5115, or e-mail:, or in person during normal business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Cancellation policy: We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or adverse weather.

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