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The Know Your Records program provides educational resources on how to access and do research using U.S. Federal Government records held at the National Archives.


Wednesday, December 12, 2 p.m. eastern

William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube 

Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts

In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved – not lost.  The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use.   Presentation Slides/Handout
  • History Lost:  Interesting items with tantalizing aspects showing age, but their stories are gone forever because of missing details.
  • History Preserved:  Artifacts where details are well-documented, thus helping to provide the broader historical context.
  • National Archives as a Repository of History:  How historical information held at the National Archives weaves our shared stories together.
  • Oral History:  Compelling personal oral story examples provide first-hand accounts of moments in history -- what are your family's?

Video Playlists on YouTube

View videos from previous events on people, places, events and other popular topics of interest for your research.

View our latest video: National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair 2018

Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Thousands of family historians participated in the live event. Schedule and handouts here

Declaration of Independence  America's Founding Documents

globe  Foreign Policy, Military Records & Investigations

group of people  People

map  Places

US Capitol Dome  Federal Government

astronaut  Maritime, Aviation, Science & Technology

newspaper  Events, Centennials & Holidays

World War II PhotoArts & Culture

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.