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Know Your Records Program

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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:

Tuesday, September 19, at 2 p.m. ET

William G. McGowan Theater YouTube  

World War II and the First Motion Picture Unit Films    

Join preservation specialists Audrey Amidon and Heidi Holmstrom for an overview of the Army Air Corps' First Motion Picture Unit from World War II with many film clips including recognizable stars that served in that unit. 

Thursday, August 17, at 2 p.m. ET

William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

National Archives History Hub

Alex Champion introduces History Hub, a crowdsourcing platform for American history. Learn about this support community managed by the National Archives for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates. Presentation slides available here.

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

This is a sampling of over 50 videos available on the Know Your Records playlist

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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.

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.

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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

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

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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.