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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.


Tuesday, August 7, 2 p.m. ET

William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

Digitizing 26-LG: Coast Guard Lighthouse

Kelsey Noel, processing archivist in the National Archives Still Picture Branch, discusses recently digitized 26-LG — a Coast Guard series of lighthouse photographs. The photographs, originally taken by the Lighthouse Board and Lighthouse Service, document a fascinating period of U.S. Lighthouse history as well as the development of photographic technology. We digitize images to increase public access to our nation’s records and preserve them as treasures for future generations. The process of creating digitized photographs is long, interesting, and sometimes difficult, but worthwhile when the images become available online through the National Archives Catalog. Presentation materials coming soon!


Wednesday, October 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET

YouTube Live Broadcast

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 participate in the live event. Schedule and details here

Video Playlists on YouTube

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

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.