National Archives Online Genealogy Fair; Sept. 2 & 3

poster-lFor the first time ever, the US National Archives will host a Genealogy Fair with live online lectures and chat via the website UStream and also a call-in genealogy help line. The two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Each lecture runs an hour and you can watch just one all of the lectures. Most of the lectures also have handouts that you can download and view on your computer or print out.

There will be telephone help line available that you can call with your genealogy questions during the fair. National Archives staff will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) on September 3 and 4. Call toll Free at 1-855-309-8404. You may also email us at inquire@nara.gov.

Lectures on Tuesday, September 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (all times EDT)

  • 10 a.m. – “Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives” by John Deeben of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 11 a.m – “Introduction to Genealogy: Civilian” by Rebecca K. Sharp of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 12 p.m. – “Alien Files (A-Files)” by Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives at Kansas City, MO
  • 1 p>m. – “Native American Records” by Michael Wright of the National Archives at Fort Worth, TX
  • 2 p.m. – “National Archives Online Resources for Genealogy” by Nancy Wing of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 3 p.m. – “Citizenship Matters: Bureau of Naturalization Files at the National Archives” by Zack Wilske of the U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services, Washington, DC

Lectures on Wednesday, September 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ( all times EDT)

  • 10 a.m. – “Genealogy and the Freedman’s Bank: Records of the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company” by Damani Davis of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 11 a.m. -”Military and Civilian Personnel Records:  The National Archives at St. Louis” by Ashley Mattingly & Theresa Fitzgerald of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO
  • 12 p.m. – “Union Civil War Pension Files” by Claire Kluskens of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 1 p.m. – “Federal Penitentiary Records” by Jake Ersland of the National Archives at Kansas City, MO
  • 2 p.m. – “Finding U.S. Colored Troops at the National Archives” by Trevor Plante of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 3 p.m. – “Genealogy Through Navy Deck Logs” by Mark Mollan of the National Archives at Washington, DC
  • 4 p.m. – “Oh, The Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files at the National Archives & Records” by Susan Karren of the National Archives at Seattle, WA

For more information on the lectures, information on the speakers, handouts and the link to the online sessions, visit the Genealogy Fair webpage.