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2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

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Session Videos & Handouts

On October 26 & 27, 2016, the National Archives hosted the fourth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers participated with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts remain available from this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Session Schedule


Day 1, October 26:  Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel


                  Session Ttitle
                         1 Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
                         2 The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren't Using by Lori Cox-Paul
                         3 National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
                         4 You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
                         5 Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
                         6 Grave Yards and Genealogy: American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2, October 27:  Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

                  Session Title
  Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
                         7 Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
                         8 The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports (Army and Air Force) by Theresa Fitzgerald
                         9 The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
                        10 What's New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
                        11 Faces of the National Park Service by Cara L. Moore
  Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


Transcripts from the live captioning and chat sessions are available. To request them, please send an email to:

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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.