04 April 2008

DC: National Archives' free genealogy fair

The National Archives in Washington, DC, is hosting its fourth annual genealogy fair this year from 9.30am-4.30pm Wednesday, April 23. It is free and open to the public.

The event is smack-dab in the middle of Passover - make sure to bring some edible holiday goodies for lunch - and head on over if you're in the neighborhood.

This year's program includes:

Federal records located at the National Archives relating to general genealogy, World War I, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Sessions will offer guidance on topics including Civil War pension files, Freedmen's Bureau marriage records, World War I draft registration records, and New Deal publications. National Archives staff will demonstrate how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD).

Speakers include Marian Smith (USCIS historian); author Raff Ellis (Kisses from a Distance: An Immigrant Family Experience) and National Archives experts Susan Abbott, Bill Creech, John Deeben, Kenneth Heger, Claire Kluskens, Constance Potter and Reginald Washington.

The schedule of lectures and demonstrations is here.

The location is the Research Center Lobby, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. Rememer that government-issued ID or student ID is required to enter. For reservations, directions and other information, click here.

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