22 September 2016

Some Genealogy Fairs You HAVE to Attend from Home (Jammies Optional)!


Some Genealogy Fairs You HAVE to Attend from Home (Jammies Optional)!

The National Archives (NARA) is again hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair (26-27 October). Here is the full schedule.

Session Schedule (eastern daylight time EDT)

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26

Time
Activity
10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
10:05 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m.
The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren't Using by Lori Cox-Paul
12 p.m.
National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
1 p.m.
You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
2 p.m.
Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
3 p.m.
American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2: Thursday, October 27

Time
Activity
10 a.m.
Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m.
The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports by Theresa Fitzgerald
12 p.m.
The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
1 p.m.
What's New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
2 p.m.
The Faces of the National Parks Service by Cara L. Moore
3 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


When it comes to virtual genealogy fairs, NARA is not the only one scheduled this fall.

The North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina is holding its 1st Virtual Family History Fair (15 October). Here is the full schedule. 

  • 10:00a.m. “Genealogical Research at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” Library and Archives staff members will discuss the types of materials, collections, and services available at their respective repositories. Presented by North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina Staff. 
  • 11:00a.m. “Freedmen’s Bureau Records:  More Valuable to ALL Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!” Many pertinent records are found in the Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Field Offices for the various states. It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about impoverished southern families, regardless of race. Presented by professional genealogist Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM.
  • Noon. “Online Research Tools from the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” Discussion on online resources from both the Library and Archives such as the North Carolina Digital Collections as well as a few resources that you might find helpful from other institutions.  Presented by State Archives and Government and Heritage Library Staff.  
  • 1:00p.m. “Genealogy and Local History Collections.” Public libraries are a valuable resource when conducting local or family research. Join us for a panel discussion featuring local history and genealogy librarians from across North Carolina.  


What other upcoming “virtual” genealogy/family history fairs/conferences do you know of?








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