Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year - free and online - October 24!
Media Alert · Monday, October 15, 2018

Washington, DC

WHAT:      The National Archives will host a 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! Topics include: Federal records on slaves and slave owners; Civil War widows’ pension files; Civilian Conservation Corps photographs; Tennessee Valley Authority personnel files; military nurse histories; recruitment and guidance for Citizen Archivists; and a tutorial on the National Archives’ Online Catalog. For full schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.  

WHEN:    October 24, starting at 10 a.m. EST             

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

WHERE:     Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel. Watch individual sessions and download the materials at your convenience -- live or 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 #genfair2018.


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