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Genealogy Fair: April 20 and 21, 2011

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Become Your Family’s Detective

National Archives Research Center
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

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.

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.

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


Genealogy Fairs & Series Past

Family TreeEvery year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy event live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event. Attend free of charge and no reservation.

  - Watch previous session video recordings on YouTube

  - See past event web pages, posters, session videos, and handouts below. 


All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.