Genealogy Fair

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 21 & 22, 2015

Please join the National Archives for the 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. This will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask our genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.


Speakers will include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Live Lecture Sessions

Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices. Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.

See handouts and session descriptions.


Day 1: Wednesday, October 21 (Eastern Time)

Watch live video stream on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Session 1 at 10 a.m. ET
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens. Session 1 Captioning

Session 2 at 11 a.m. ET
Preserving Your Family Records:  Conversation and Questions by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler. Session 2 Captioning

Session 3 at 12 p.m. ET
Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis. By Bryan K. McGraw. Session 3 Captioning

Session 4 at 1 p.m. ET
It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin. Session 4 Captioning

Session 5 at 2 p.m. ET
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records by Ashley Mattingly. Session 5 Captioning

Day 2: Thursday, October 22 (Eastern Time)

Watch live video stream on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Session 6 at 10 a.m. ET
Where’d They Go?  Finding Ancestral Migration Routes by Jean Nudd. Session 6 Captioning

Session 7 at 11 a.m. ET
Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up!  by John LeGloahec. Session 7 Captioning

Session 8 at 12 p.m. ET
Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis by Theresa Fitzgerald. Session 8 Captioning

Session 9 at 1 p.m. ET
Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment by Cara Moore. Session 9 Captioning

Session 10 at 2 p.m. ET
Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research by Jessica Hopkins. Session 10 Captioning

Online Viewing and Chatting

Online viewing and chatting will be available on the US National Archives YouTube channel. US National Archives YouTube Channel

You can watch our programming live on YouTube. Click on the YouTube logo to watch the sessions live or catch up later.


Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript), please send an email to or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see

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Posters and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair

First Genealogy Fair poster (2005)

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