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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.
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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!
On October 25, 2017, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from the web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.
2017 schedule at www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair
See previous Fair session videos and handouts free of charge from the links below.
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.
Tuesday, November 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Microfilm Research Room (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation
"Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available to answer your questions. Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments at the Microfilm Research desk on event day.
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
Lectures are held throughout the month and are available both on-site and on YouTube:
- On-site: National Archives Building, Washington, DC
- YouTube: National Archives channel
Thursday, November 16, at 2 p.m. ET
World War II Military Unit Photographs
Archives technicians Aaron Arthur and Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez offer expert tips and examples of how to effectively research World War II military unit photographs housed at the National Archives Still Pictures Branch. The images come from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines.
For DC location details see our Visitor's Guide.
This is a sampling of over 60 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
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 KYR@nara.gov 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 www.archives.gov.
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All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.