National Archives Holds Free Records Programs this Fall
Press Release · Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Washington, DC

This Fall, the National Archives holds research and genealogy programs highlighting records from its holdings, including a free, two-day virtual Genealogy Fair. 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 Virtual Genealogy Fair and many other programs will be live streamed on the US National Archives YouTube Channel.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
October 26 & 27, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT, on YouTube

The National Archives will host a live, free, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in a 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. Speakers include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. Session videos and handouts are available during and after the event. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online

The Federal Register and the Electoral College
Thursday, November 10, at 2 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater and YouTube

The Federal Register’s Director of Legal Affairs and Policy, Amy Bunk, will discuss the function of the Electoral College as well as her office’s role in disseminating Government regulations, proposed rules and notices, Executive Orders, proclamations, and other Presidential documents. Presentation materials available online.

“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultations
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn Ave. entrance), noon–4 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 22
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Saturday, December 10

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments with archivist Claire Kluskens at the Microfilm Research desk.

Records for Veterans: Gathering Evidence for Claims and Benefits
Thursday, December 8, 2-4 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

At the National Archives, we work with citizens who need access to records for diverse reasons. Many of our patrons are veterans seeking documentation in support of a benefit or claim. This presentation is designed for veterans and their families. Presentation materials available online.

Introduction to Captured German Records at the National Archives
Wednesday, December 14, at 2 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

Rachael Salyer, archivist, discusses records from the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) and offers strategies for using this invaluable resource for historical or genealogical research. Presentation materials are available online.

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, military service, and pension records. See the Know Your Records playlist.

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