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Know Your Records Program

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Videos and events showing you how to use U.S. Federal Government records held at the National Archives for historical and genealogical research. Events are free and open to all. Registration is not required.

Please check back often for schedule updates!


Did you miss a live event? We have a growing number of video recordings, handouts, and presentations available on the Know Your Records playlist.

Click the viewer above to explore our videos on YouTube. To view the available titles in the playlist, click the menu icon in the top left corner of the viewer and select the recording you'd like to watch.

Topics covered in the videos include:

  • Foreign Policy, Military Records & Investigations
  • People
  • Places
  • Federal Government
  • Maritime, Aviation, Science & Technology

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Virtual Genealogy Fairs

Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via a live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records. Thousands of family historians participate in the live event. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. It is not too late to be part of this educational program!

See previous Fair session videos and handouts free of charge from the links below.

Virtual Genealogy FairsYear 2017Year 2016Year 2015, Year 2014, Year 2013

Genealogy Workshops Nationwide

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offers the public a comprehensive program of genealogical workshops and courses in its facilities nationwide. Topics include an introduction to genealogy and research into records such as census schedules, military service and pension records, and passenger lists.

Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (5-part video series)

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives including census, immigration, and military service and pension records.

For DC location details see our Visitor's Guide.

More DC, Area Events

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see

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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.