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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.

Please check back often for schedule updates!


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

Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m. ET
Access and Transparency -- Records held at the National Archives
In recognition of Sunshine Week, learn how we can we help you request and access the restricted and non-restricted Federal records held at the National Archives – many without a Freedom of Information Act request. A panel of staff experts will discuss and answer questions about their work in making records available from the Executive, Legislative, and Presidential records held at the National Archives. 

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

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

2017 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

On October 25, 2017, the National Archives hosted the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers participated with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts remain available from the web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. 

2017 schedule at

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

Virtual Genealogy FairsYear 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.

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This is a sampling of videos available on the Know Your Records playlist

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online for our live broadcasts. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a sign-langauge interpreter or transcript), please send an email to or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

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.