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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 and Records Administration.

Upcoming Virtual Events


Tuesday, January 26, at 2 p.m. EST
Baking, Soil Erosion, and Rats…Oh My!  How the Records of the Extension Service May Enrich Your Family History Research
 with Jenny McMillen Sweeney

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The records of the Extension Service are some of the most interesting and underutilized records held at the National Archives…and you just never know what you might find!  These records provide a glimpse into rural life during the first part of the 20th century.  Although the records are not the typical vital records genealogists seek they may help family history enthusiasts learn more about the lives of their ancestors.  



Wednesday, February 10, at 2 p.m. EST

Migrant Farm Workers and the Evolution of Farm Labor Programs in the United States  

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Textual Processing Archivist Gabrielle Hutchins discusses Federal records documenting migrant farm workers' participation in farm labor programs in the United States. By examining records in the Bracero, H-2A guest worker programs, and other related record groups we can identify their stories from 1942 to the present.

Videos on YouTube

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

African American Records

World War II Photo

 Arts & Culture

Declaration of Independence

America's Founding Documents


Events, Centennials & Holidays

US Capitol Dome Federal Government globe



Foreign Policy, Military Records & Investigations

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Preserving Family Records


Maritime, Aviation, Science & Technology

Native American Records

U.S Veterans


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Live Video Broadcasts

Live video broadcasts take place on YouTube. Submit questions by first logging into YouTube, and then typing questions into the chat section.  We will address them during the live event.

William G. McGowan Theater

All Know Your Records programs are free. Reservations are not required. Audience attending William G. McGowan Theater events will use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Information on transportation.


Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to or call 202.357.5260 in advance.



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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.