Virtual Genealogy Fair October 23 - free and online
Press Release · Thursday, August 15, 2019

Washington, DC

WHAT:    The National Archives will host our seventh annual live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on our YouTube channel.  Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year, with “how-to” family research guidance for all skill levels!  Sessions will offer guidance on: the National Archives’ History Hub; preserving personal collections; and using records relating to immigration; World War I soldiers and marines; Bureau of Indian Affairs schools; and the Homestead Act.  For the full schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.  

WHEN:    Wednesday, October 23, starting at 10 a.m. EDT                      

WHO:     Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings, and government records experts, including those from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

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

HOW:    Visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page or follow live on YouTube. Participants can watch individual sessions, download materials, ask questions, and interact with presenters and other family historians.  No need to register - just click and view!  Session videos and handouts will remain available after the event. 

Captioning:  Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodations for the event, please email 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.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2019. 


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