25 March 2011
WHAT: The National Archives will host its seventh annual Ge
nealogy Fair: Become Your Family’s Detective on April 20 and 21, 2011, from to This year’s two-day program will showcase the diversity of Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers include National Archives staff, historians, and ge nealogy professionals. This popular fair – which attracted over 2,500 people last year – will provide information and guidance for experienced ge nealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair is free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and with support from Ancestry.com.
Sessions include workshops on records relating to African-American history, the Civil War, naturalization, courts, the military, immigration, land, and the upcoming opening of the 1940 Census. For a full schedule of lectures and demonstrations, see: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair. Exhibitors include National Archives staff and guest organizations demonstrating how to use Federal records and other resources for genealogical research.
WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, April 20, , Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. Archivist of the
, David S. Ferriero, will cut the ribbon to open the fair. United States
nealogy Fair: Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, 2011,
Lobby and National Archives Research Center . Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza
National Archives Building,
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC.
Fair attendees will be given buttons at the Welcome Tent allowing entrance to the building. Government-issued photo ID or student ID is required to enter the building. All attendees exiting the building must pass through security screening.
The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail KYR@nara.gov or call
202 357-5333 at least two weeks prior to the event.
WHO: Speakers include:
nealogists Claire Bettag, Jennifer Dondero, and Zack Wilske from USCIS; Harvard University Professor Daniel Carpenter; Quinton Atkinson from Ancestry.com; Gordon Atkinson from Footnote.com; and National Archives experts Elizabeth Carrington, Patrick Connelly, Rebecca Crawford, Damani Davis, John Deeben, Jake Ersland, Jeffery Hartley, Claire P. Kluskens, Bill Seibert, Katherine Vollen, Rebecca Warlow, and Reginald Washington.
National Archives exhibitors include staff demonstrating how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD). Staff at the “Help! I’m Stuck” table will be available to assist researchers. Guest exhibitors include the US Census Bureau, Library of Congress, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Footnote.com, and local ge
NGS will be one of the exhibitors!]
Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to geFor more information, e-mail KYR@nara.gov.
nealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see www.archives.gov.
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