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Genealogy Fair: April 18 and 19, 2012

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April 18 & 19, 2012

Branching Out: Exploring Your Family Tree

WHAT:  National Archives eighth annual Genealogy Fair

  • This two-day program showcased the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research.
  • The fair provided information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair was free and open to the public with no registration.


New, huge classroom tents!

Sessions included workshops on records relating to census, immigration, land, naturalization, military, online resources, and more. See the presenter's biographies and handouts.

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Exhibitors included National Archives staff and guest organizations who demonstrated how to use Federal records and other resources for genealogical research.

  • See the map for a listing of all exhibitors with links to their respective websites.

WHEN:  Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 & 19, 2012

  • Opening Ceremony, April 18, at 9 a.m., in the Welcome Tent
  • Sessions & Exhibits, April 18 and 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HOW:  Presented in partnership with the National Archives Foundation and with support from Lead Sponsor

WHERENational Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

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.

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 and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.