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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair: October 21 and 22, 2015

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October 21 & 22, 2015

Revisit the 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair

On October 21 & 22, 2015, the National Archives hosted a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube with thousands of family historians participating in the live event. It is not too late to be part of this educational program!

If you missed this year’s live broadcast, all of the recorded session videos and handouts remain available from this web page. As in previous years, you can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

See information about the 2013 and 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fairs.


This year’s program included opening remarks by the Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. The event ended with closing remarks by Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer. Other speakers included genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lecture Sessions

The 2015 sessions offered family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records dealing with immigration, military and civilian personnel, and bankruptcy. These covered "how tos" on preserving family records, and genealogical research using traditional and electronic records. Session videos and handouts are available free of charge from the link below.

See session videos and handouts.

Day 1: Wednesday, October 21

Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Opening Remarks
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.

Session 1
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens.

Session 2
Preserving Your Family Records:  Conversation and Questions by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.

Session 3
Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis. By Bryan K. McGraw.

Session 4
It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin.

Session 5
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records by Ashley Mattingly.

Day 2: Thursday, October 22

Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Session 6
Where’d They Go?  Finding Ancestral Migration Routes by Jean Nudd.

Session 7
Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up!  by John LeGloahec.

Session 8
Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis by Theresa Fitzgerald.

Session 9
Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment by Cara Moore.

Session 10
Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research by Jessica Hopkins.

Closing Remarks
Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer.

Captioning Transcripts

Transcripts from the live captioning are available for each session. Please contact the Know Your Records staff via email at

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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.