National Archives at New York City

Spring 2016 Genealogy Series

Press Release
February, 2016

Finding Family: Spring 2016 Genealogy Series

New York City, NY....The Finding Family series resumes in March with the basics! Our programs highlight the many ways of finding your family history within Federal records held by the National Archives.

All programs are free and open to the public, and are held in the 3rd floor Learning Center of the National Archives at New York City at One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

Due to limited space, please register in advance via or 866-840-1752.

Each presentation generally runs from noon to 1:00pm. Participants are welcome to use the Research Center (down the hall from the Learning Center) before or after the session.

Attendees to the series may also bring their own lunch and eat in the Learning Center during the session.

Our Spring Schedule



March 8, 2016

Introduction to U.S. Federal Census Records
Census Records are often the building blocks for your genealogical research.  Come learn about the Federal Census Records of 1790 to 1940.  Staff will provide an overview of these resources as well as tips for tracing ancestors from one decade to the next.  


April 12, 2016

Introduction to Passenger Arrival Records
Immigration records, also known as "ship passenger arrival records," may provide genealogists with a wealth of information for persons arriving in the New York area as early as 1820. Come learn how to navigate these records.



May 10, 2016

Introduction to Naturalization Records
Also known as citizenship records, these later records can often provide detailed information about a person's legal entry into the U.S.  Come learn strategies for searching these records and learning more about your immigrant ancestor.


June 14, 2016

Introduction to Military Records
The National Archives maintains all military service records beginning with the Revolutionary Wary.  Join staff as they provide an overview of Military Service Records and how to order copies of records. This session will also include a broad overview on how to locate other Military records within our holdings.

Workshop Schedule (PDF format)

All programs run from 12-1 p.m. in the 3rd floor Learning Center. All programs are free and open to the public. Please register at or 866-840-1752 to reserve a space.

About the National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, dating from 1685 to the present. It also holds select microfilm publications of the National Archives and provides access to a variety of online historical resources. Since 2012, NARA NYC has been headquartered at the historic, 107 year old Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, which is a designated National Historic Landmark and also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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