National Archives Holds Records-related Programs in September
Press Release · Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Washington, DC. . . In September, the National Archives "Know Your Records" program presents genealogy clinics and records lectures highlighting holdings on topics ranging from Irish genealogy to pharmaceutical marketing.  All programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Room G-25 of the National Archives Building Research Center (unless otherwise noted).  Visitors should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.  Please note that the September 17 program will be repeated on September 19 at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, located at 8601 Adelphi Road.  For directions to both locations, see:

Did you miss our first ever Virtual Genealogy Fair?  Catch it online
Designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike, this two-day program showcased tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.

Thursday, September 12, 10 a.m.
Reverse Genealogy—An Irish Case Study
Mike Feerick, Chairman of Ireland Reaching Out, discusses how the reverse genealogy program helps trace and locate all the people who left Ireland and invites them to become part of a new extended Irish society.

Tuesday, September 17, 11 a.m.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act
Joseph Scanlon, the National Archives FOIA and Privacy Officer, will discuss FOIA and Privacy Act issues and give information and advice on access.  (This program will be repeated on Thursday, September 19, at 11 a.m. at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B.)

Wednesday, September 18, 11 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Gold Star Mothers
Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a lecture on Gold Star mothers by archivist Constance Potter (all skill levels welcome).

Thursday, September 19, 11 a.m.
Genealogy Lecture: Using National Archives Online Resources
Learn how to navigate for genealogy research during this one-hour lecture with an archives specialist on the third Thursday of the month. No registration required.

Thursday, September 19, 12:30 p.m.
Anti-Tax Petitions from the Civil War to the New Deal
Romain Huet, associate professor at the University of Lyon (France), discusses his research in petitions sent to the U.S. House and Senate and his forthcoming book, A Republic Without Taxpayers?

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics": Census Search Strategies
Claire Kluskens, archivist, teaches "beyond the basic" archival research skills for genealogists on the third Saturday of the month. This month's topic is census search strategies.

Saturday, September 21, noon–4 p.m.
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 25, 9:30–11 a.m., Research Center
Genealogy Workshop: Using National Archives Online Resources
Learn to navigate Archives.govfor genealogy research during this hands-on computer workshop. Please register for via e-mail to or call 202-357-5018. 

Monday, September 30, noon
The Political Life of Generic Drugs: Congressional Inquiries into Pharmaceutical Marketing
Jeremy Greene, associate professor at the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his research on Congress and the controversial marketing of generic drugs.

Background on "Know Your Records" programs

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. The "Know Your Records Program" offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, genealogy fairs, an online genealogy tutorial (as a PowerPoint presentation), reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News.

The National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park are fully accessible.  To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please email or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event.  To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at:

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