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Genealogy Fair: April 20 and 21, 2011

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Become Your Family’s Detective

April 20 & 21, 2011

National Archives Research Center,
Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza,
Washington, DC ( Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)

WHAT: The National Archives seventh annual Genealogy Fair: Become Your Family’s Detective was held on April 20 and 21, 2011.

  • This two-day program showcased the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research.
  • Speakers and exhibitors included National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. See the list of exhibitors.
  • 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

Sessions included workshops on records relating to naturalization, census, military, immigration, land, and more. Exhibitors included National Archives staff and guest organizations who demonstrated how to use Federal records and other resources for genealogical research.

WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, April 20, 2011, 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Avenue entrance Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, cut the ribbon to open the fair.

Genealogy Fair: Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

See the complete schedule by day showing the session titles and descriptions, tracks, times, locations, and presenters:

See the condensed schedule for April 20 and 21, showing the session titles, times, and locations.

WHERE: National Archives Research Center Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to our events.

See the map of the fair, showing the location of the sessions, the guest genealogy exhibitors, and NARA genealogy exhibitors.

For location details see our Visitor's Map of the Building.

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

For more information about the fair, e-mail

Posters from Previous Genealogy Fairs

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.