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The Know Your Records program provides educational resources on how to access and conduct research using U.S. Federal Government records held at the National Archives and Records Administration.
After the event's premiere date, the video and presentation materials remain available and added to our YouTube Playlists.
May 3–June 14, 2023
In recognition of public service, we offered a special Genealogy Series focused on both military and civilian records. The series provided family history research tools for all skill levels along with a general overview to specific topics. Broadcasts of the program sessions took place in May and June. All skill level are welcome!
Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m. ET
You have probably seen famous newsreel footage of World War II held at the National Archives. But have you heard the audio recordings? For many contemporary people, news of the war was primarily a listening experience. Breaking news, radio dramas, speeches, and music reached the ears of the civilian and soldier alike. This presentation explores World War II audio holdings of the National Archives Moving Image and Sound Branch.
Wednesday, September 13, at 1 p.m. ET
The Records of the Provost Marshal General and Enemy Prisoners of War Held in the United States during World War II by Rachael Salyer
During World War II, the United States established hundreds of prisoner of war (POW or PW) camps, which held an estimated 425,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners. Archivist Rachael Salyer will discuss the records of these camps created by the Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG). She will provide an overview of their establishment and construction, and then will focus on how and where to locate records related to specific camps. Finally, she will also provide suggestions for how to begin researching individual prisoners, as well as camp staff and assigned units.
View videos from previous events on people, places, events and other popular research topics of interest from these playlists.
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You are invited to attend, participate, and ask questions during our sessions' YouTube video premieres. Presentations are pre-recorded videos broadcast on NARA's YouTube channel. Throughout the broadcast, you will be able to ask questions, and the presenter will respond in real time. After the initial showing, the video and handouts will remain available on this web page and YouTube.
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- Transcripts are available by sending a request to KYR@nara.gov.
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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.