National Archives Holds Records-related Programs in March
Press Release · Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Washington, DC…In March, the National Archives “Know Your Records” program presents genealogy clinics and records lectures highlighting holdings ranging from the papers of the Continental Congress to the declassification of NATO records. All programs are free and open to the public and will be held at National Archives Building Research Center. Visitors should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Please note that three of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Tuesday, March 5, at 11 a.m.
Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for Genealogists
Archives specialist Daniel Law will show electronic records of interest to genealogists that are accessible on the National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) online resource. This program will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 6, at 11 a.m.,
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
National Archives staff will discuss Federal records of interest to beginning genealogists.

Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m.
Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project
Senior Curator Bruce Bustard will discuss the new National Archives exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project” and share some of his favorite research discoveries. This program will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m., Research Center Library
Genealogy Research Using the National Archives Online
Archives specialist Nancy Wing teaches a 90-minute hands-on workshop and “how to” guide for using National Archives website for genealogy research. This program is free but registration is required. Sign up at the Research Center Library or email This program will be repeated in the Research Center Library on Wednesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.,
Beyond the Basics Genealogy: Revolutionary War Records
Claire Kluskens, archivist, discusses federal records relating to the American Revolution, including pension, treasury, and other records that document military or patriotic service.

Saturday, March 16, noon–4 p.m.,
“Help! I'm Stuck” Genealogy Clinic
Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your research questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Research Center main desk on Saturday.

Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m.
Declassification of NATO Records
Neil Carmichael, supervisory archivist for the Initial Processing and Declassification Division at the National Archives, discusses the declassification of NATO records in recognition of the agency's 64th anniversary. This program will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B, on Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
Beyond the Basics: Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789
Reference archivist Constance Potter will discuss how to use the Papers of the Continental Congress -- including journals and reports of the Congress, its committees, and members --
for genealogical research.

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, the annual genealogy fair, an online genealogy tutorial open PowerPoint presentation, reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington, DC, area researchers.

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 online.

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