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National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair October 26-27
Media Alert · Monday, September 19, 2016

Washington, DC

Back by popular demand - free online genealogy fair!


Washington, DC…The National Archives will host a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our free program offering advice on family history research for all skill levels on Federal records including basic genealogical research, underutilized records, census, Department of State documents, and military records. Sessions include genealogical research guidance on how to use traditional and online resources and tools. Session videos and handouts are available during and after the event. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.


October 26 and 27, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT


Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.


Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel:

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26 – Watch live on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Day 2: Thursday, October 27 – Watch live on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: KYR@nara.gov or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

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.

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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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