The National Archives at Seattle

National Archives at Seattle

Special Events and Workshops - 2014

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We offer workshops that address the federal agency records held at the National Archives at Seattle. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Date: Scheduled Workshops:
(to schedule a special workshop at the archives for your school, genealogical society, or other group see Workshops for Groups):

Saturday, January 11, 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.

10:00 -
11:30 AM

Saturday, January 11, 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!

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, January 9, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Thursday, March 13, 2014

Workshop Schedule in PDF format

Workshops available by appointment
For more information about holding a special workshop, either at the National Archives at Seattle or remotely into your group location, please call 206-336-5115 for more information and availability. Currently available topics are listed below. Have a special need? Just ask.
General Archival Information
  • The National Archives Online
  • Methods for Finding and Using NARA Records
  • NARA Resources for Federal Court and Prison Records
  • NARA Resources for American Indian Research (either beginning or advanced)
  • Obtaining Copies of Your Own Military and Veteranís Records
Genealogy, Family and Community History Workshops
  • Beginning Research - Resources for Family and Community History
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • US Military Records for Family, Community, and US History
  • NARA Resources for Chinese Genealogical Research
  • Finding an American Indian Ancestor
  • Putting Your Genealogy in Historical Context
Workshops for Teachers and Students
  • Digging Up Civil war Ancestors in the Classroom
  • Primary Sources and Common Core
  • Guidelines and Resources for Teaching American Indian History
  • Citing Primary Sources
  • Teacherís Afternoon (Guided Research)
  • History Day Presentations
Educators: Please note that there are special requirements for groups of school children. Please refer to our education flyer or call us for details at 206-336-5151.

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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