2015 Press Releases

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair October 21-22
Press Release · Thursday, September 24, 2015

Washington, DC

Media Alert
September 24, 2015

Back by popular demand – free online genealogy fair!


The National Archives will host a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records dealing with immigration, military and civilian personnel, and bankruptcy. Sessions include “how tos” on genealogical research using traditional and electronic records. The National Archives’ lead preservation expert will hold a special question and answer session on how to preserve family records. Sessions and handouts will be available free of charge during and after the event. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page.


October 21 and 22, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT


Experts on genealogy related records from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.


Anywhere! The Fair will be video streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel:

Day 1: Wednesday, October 21 – Watch live video stream on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Day 2: Thursday, October 22 – Watch live video stream on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

The webcast will include a captioning option. To request additional accommodations (e.g., a transcript), email KYR@nara.gov or call 202-357-5260.

Background: 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. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter: @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2015.

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