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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:
- On-site: William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Washington, DC
- YouTube: National Archives channel
Tuesday, September 19, at 2 p.m. ET
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
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.
This is a sampling of over 50 videos available on the Know Your Records playlist
- Records for Veterans: Gathering Evidence for Claims and Benefits
- Introduction to the Captured German Records at the National Archives
- Civil War Voices: Records from the National Archives and a Personal Collection
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.
- Census Records at the National Archives
- Immigration Records at the National Archives
- Military Research at the National Archives - Volunteer Service
- Military Research at the National Archives - Regular Service
- Military Research at the National Archives - Pension Records
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.
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 www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair
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 www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair.
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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.