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Events and publications 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.

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Lectures are held throughout the month and are available both on-site and on YouTube:

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

Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. EST
“Death Records from the Numerical Identification System” for Genealogical Research
William G. McGowan Theater YouTube  

John LeGloahec will highlight the recent release of the Death Files from the Numerical Identification System (NUMIDENT) and discuss their use in genealogical research. He will also draw parallels to other records in our Access to Archival Databases (AAD) as well as other NUMIDENT files, which will be available soon. Presentation materials available in March.


Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. EST
"Hidden Treasure" Panoramic Photographs
William G. McGowan Theater &
Join Richard Schneider from Preservation Programs as he discusses historic panoramic photographs taken by topographers with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1910 to 1932 in the Alaska Territory. A special exhibit featuring these panoramas is currently on display at the National Archives at College Park. More panoramas from the Still Picture holdings can be seen  here. Presentation materials available in April.

Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. EST
The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of the Cold War​
William G. McGowan Theater 
Sam Rushay, Supervisory Archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library, will discuss the historical significance of the  Truman Doctrine in observation of its 70th anniversary. Presentation materials available in April.


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YouTube Know Your Records Playlist

This is a selection of some of the genealogy videos available on the Know Your Records playlist US National Archives YouTube Channel

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.

Census Records at the National Archives US National Archives YouTube Channel

Immigration Records at the National Archives US National Archives YouTube Channel

Military Research at the National Archives - Volunteer Service US National Archives YouTube Channel

Military Research at the National Archives - Regular Service US National Archives YouTube Channel

Military Research at the National Archives - Pension Records US National Archives YouTube Channel

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Genealogy Programs

“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturdays. The genealogy consultations take place on one Saturday a month, in the Microfilm Research Room, Research Center ( Penn. Ave. Entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Winter Spring/Summer  Autumn
December 10, 2016, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, September 16, noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, October 21, noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, November 4, noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, noon-4 p.m. July & August - break

Saturday, December 9, noon-4 p.m.

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. It is not too late to be part of this educational program!

Session videos and handouts are available free of charge from the links below.

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

2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Did you miss the live broadcast of our largest genealogy event of the year? Session videos and handouts remain available free of charge.

Videos & Handouts at

October 26 - Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel
October 27 - Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

The National Archives hosted a free, live, two-day virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube, offering advice on family history research for all skill levels on Federal records, including basic genealogical research, underutilized records, census, Department of State documents, and military records. Sessions included genealogical research guidance on how to use traditional and online resources and tools.  For the sessions and handouts, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page at

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.

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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.