2016 Press Releases

National Archives Holds Free Records Programs This Summer
Press Release · Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…This summer, the National Archives holds research and genealogy programs highlighting records from its holdings. These programs are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. For programs in the McGowan Theater, please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. For programs in the Research Center, please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

The August 11 program will be live streamed on the US National Archives Know Your Records playlist on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel. Presentation materials will be available online.

“Help! I'm Stuck” Genealogy Consultation
Saturday, June 18, noon–4 p.m. ET, Research Center Microfilm Room, ( Penn. Ave. Entrance)

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday. The genealogy consultations take place on one Saturday a month in the Microfilm Research Room.

Dear Senator: Estes Kefauver and the Anti-Crime Crusade in the South
Thursday, June 23, at noon ET, Room G-25, Research Center ( Penn. Ave. Entrance)

Tammy Ingram, associate professor of history at the College of Charleston, discusses her research and book project, The Wickedest City in America: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the Jim Crow South.

DC Emancipation Act
Thursday, August 11, at 2 p.m. ET, William G. McGowan Theater & US National Archives YouTube Channel Constitution Ave. entrance

In 1862, the DC Emancipation Act freed enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses petitions filed by owners and slaves under the Act.

Free Records Talks on YouTube

Know Your Records has made available online extensive videos, handouts, and presentations from our live programs. Learn how to do research at the National Archives using Federal holdings including census, immigration, and military service, and pension records. See the Know Your Records playlist.

2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair Sessions Now Online!

The National Archives hosted a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube, October 21 and 22, 2015. Revisit this popular event online. Speakers included genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. Video recordings and handouts for all ten sessions are available.

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