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October 25, 2017

Next week, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Are you going to miss the live broadcast? We have you covered! The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.

Watch the entire day on YouTube

Session Schedule

# Time (ET) Session

10 a.m. 

Welcoming Remarks

Archivist of the United States of America David S. Ferriero


10:05 a.m.

Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms

Training Conservator Katie Smith, National Archives at College Park, MD


11 a.m. 

19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records

Archives Technician Elise Fariello, National Archives at Chicago, IL


12 p.m. 

From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis 

Archivist Daria Labinsky & Archives Technician Cara Moore, National Archives at St. Louis, MO


1 p.m.

A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis 

Preservation Specialist Ashley Cox, National Archives at St. Louis, MO


2 p.m.

Locating the Relocated:  Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II

Archives Specialist John LeGloahec & Archivist Jana Leighton, National Archives at College Park, MD


3 p.m.

Beyond the War Relocation Administration: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records

Director, Gwen Granados, National Archives at Riverside, CA


4 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a sign-language interpreter), please send an email to or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

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

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Posters and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

For the last four years, the National Archives has hosted a virtual Genealogy Fair via a live webcast. See previous Fair session videos and handouts free of charge from the links below.

Virtual Genealogy Fairs:  Year 2016,  Year 2015Year 2014Year 2013

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.