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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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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
Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m. EDT
African American Soldiers in the Great War
William G. McGowan Theater &
Archives technician Matthew Margis discusses the history of African American soldiers in World War I through the photographic holdings in the National Archives. Presentation slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2
Wednesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. EDT
Oh, the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files
William G. McGowan Theater*&
Although the search for a Chinese Exclusion Act case file may be difficult and challenging, the rewards can be great as these files may contain a treasure trove of information for the family and social historian. In a live, interactive broadcast, National Archives at Seattle Director Susan Karren discusses Chinese Exclusion Act records in recognition of the Chinese Exclusion Act’s 135th anniversary. *Please note that the presenter will be broadcast in from Seattle. Presentation Slides
For DC location details see our Visitor's Guide.
This is a small 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
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
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturdays. The genealogy consultations take place on one Saturday a month, in the Microfilm Research Room, Research Center ( Penn. Ave. Entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
|December 10, 2016, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, April 22, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, September 16, noon-4 p.m.|
|Saturday, January 28, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, May 20, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, October 21, noon-4 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 11, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, June 10, noon-4 p.m.||Saturday, November 4, noon-4 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 18, noon-4 p.m.||July & August - break||
Saturday, December 9, noon-4 p.m.
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.
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.
All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.