05 September 2014

FREE -- National Archives (NARA) Virtual Genealogy Fair, 28-30 Oct 2014 -- No Excuse NOT to attend!

Though I loved attending, in person, a NARA genealogy fair a few years ago, when sequestration hit last year, NARA came up with an alternative, a Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013.  I am happy to report that after the resounding success of last year’s virtual event, NARA is doing the same this year.

Running from October 28-30th and starting at 10am EST daily, the 2014 edition of the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair gives you the option of listening to speakers including genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.  You will be able to access the live video streams on YouTube.

Day 1 video stream: Tuesday, October 28
Watch live on YouTube 
Day 2 video stream: Wednesday, October 29
Watch live on YouTube 
Day 3 video stream: Thursday, October 30
Watch live on YouTube 

You can access the full lecture schedule here.  It looks like there will be a “chatting” option and watch the webpage for details.  As for 2013, recorded sessions will remain available online after the event and the webcast’s will include a close captioning option.

I looked over the lecture schedule and I wanted to point out a lecture a day that I might attend since they are topics I’ve written on before and are topics that many researchers are less aware of!  Though, all of the topics are definitely worthy of your consideration. If only I could take the days off from work

Day 1: Tuesday, October 28

When Saying ‘I Do’ Meant Giving Up Your U.S. Citizenship
Meg Hacker
National Archives at 
Fort Worth, TX

Day 2: Wednesday, October 29

10 a.m.
Great Granny Eunice came from Ireland, Grandpa Fred was in the War, Can Access Archival Databases (AAD) Help Me?
John Legloahec
National Archives at 
College Park, MD

Day 3: Thursday, October 30

10 a.m.
Family History and the FOIA: Researching 20th Century FBI records
Britney Crawford &
Netisha Currie
National Archives at College Park, MD

Put the dates on your calendar, check out the schedule and get ready to learn about some really neat Federal Records that are important to your research.

Let us  know what talk(s) are on your "must listen to" list!

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