National Archives Hosts 8th Genealogy Fair, April 18-19
Press Release · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Free two-day genealogy fair: Branching Out: Exploring Your Family Tree
WHAT: The National Archives will host its eighth annual Genealogy Fair: Branching Out: Exploring Your Family Tree on April 18-19, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s two-day program will showcase the diversity of Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. This popular fair – which attracted over 5,000 people last year – will provide information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Three additional classroom tents will accommodate the overflow crowds. The fair is free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and with support from Lead Sponsor Ancestry.com.
Sessions include workshops on records relating to the Titanic, African-American history, the Civil War, naturalization, courts, the military, immigration, land, and the 1940 Census. See a full schedule of lectures and demonstrations [http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair]. National Archives staff and guest organizations will demonstrate how to use Federal records and other resources for genealogical research.
WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Wednesday, April 18, 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza of the National Archives Building. Deputy Archivist of the United States, Debra Steidel Wall, will cut the ribbon to open the fair.