Genealogy Fair: April 14 and 15, 2010Find an Event
The World of Genealogy
National Archives Research Center
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The National Archives hosted its sixth annual Genealogy Fair: The World of Genealogy on April 14 and 15, 2010, The two-day program showcased the diversity of Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers included National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair provided information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair was free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the National Archives Foundation and with support from Ancestry.com.
Sessions included workshops on records relating to minority and ethnic groups including African Americans, Chinese, German, Irish, Japanese, Native Americans, and women, as well as a session on DNA genealogy testing, and an evening program on the new genealogy-based TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” National Archives staff demonstrated how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD). Staff at the “Help! I’m Stuck” table were available to assist researchers.
See the complete schedule by day showing the session titles and descriptions, tracks, times, locations, and presenters:
- Complete schedule for Day 1
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- Complete schedule for Day 2
Thursday, April 15, 2010
See the condensed schedule for April 14 and 15, showing the session titles, times, and locations.
- New York City Lower East Side: Changes in an Ethnic Neighborhood, by Constance Potter
- Nonpopulation Census Schedules, by Katherine Vollen
- Relocation Center Newspapers: A Source for Japanese American Genealogy, by Rebecca Sharp
Speakers included historian at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Zack Wilske; professional genealogists Susannah Brooks, Elizabeth K. Kerstens, Marie V. Melchiori, and Thomas Shawker M.D.; and National Archives experts Patrick Connelly, Rebecca Crawford, Damani Davis, John Deeben, Claire P. Kluskens, Trevor Plante, Constance Potter, Mary Frances Ronan, Rebecca Sharp, Katherine Vollen, and Reginald Washington.
Only the sessions listed by National Archives staff are available.
- African American Genealogy: Locating Caribbean Immigrant Ancestors, by Damani Davis
- Anatomy of a Pension File, by Claire P. Kluskens
- Introduction to Genealogy, by Katherine Vollen
- Hispanic Volunteers in the Antebellum Army Records of Military Service, 1835–1855, by John Deeben
- Mexican Border Crossing Records, 1903–1950s, by Claire P. Kluskens
- Military Service in the Civil War: An Overview, by John Deeben
- Naturalization Records, by Patrick Connelly
- Native Americans - Carlisle Indian School, by Mary Frances Ronan Population Census Videos
National Archives Exhibitors:
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
- Archives.gov Redesign
- National Archives Catalog
- National Archives Foundation
- Genealogy Tutorial
- Help! I’m Stuck
- National Archives Store
- National Archives Volunteer Association
- Office of Regional Archives
- Reference Reports
- Social Media
Guest Genealogy Exhibitors:
- Afro-American Historical Society, Inc.
- Association of Professional Genealogists
- Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration
- District of Columbia Archives
- District of Columbia Public Library, Washingtoniana Division
- Fairfax Genealogical Society
- Federation of Genealogical Societies
- Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society
- Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc.
- Local History & Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress
- Maryland Genealogical Society
- Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
- National Genealogical Society
- Thomas Balch Library
- USCIS Historical Records & Archives Branch, Genealogy Program
- Washington DC Family History Center
Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information about the National Archives' holdings start on our home page www.archives.gov.
For more information about the fair, e-mail KYR@nara.gov.
Posters from Previous Genealogy Fairs
All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.