Know Your Records Program

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Are you looking for a way to present research work done at the National Archives?

The Know Your Records program staff would like to hear from you. Through this program, lecturers present programs designed to educate researchers, staff, and volunteers about the various holdings found within the National Archives. You can submit your ideas for a presentation at KYR@nara.gov.

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Free events to keep you in the know, held in Washington, DC, and College Park, Maryland.

Lectures

Lectures are held weekly on Tuesdays at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC, in Room G-25 (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building) and repeated on Thursdays in Lecture Room B, National Archives at College Park, MD. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
National Archives Records in FamilySearch

Carol Kostakos Petranek, a FamilySearch associate, explores National Archives records and other resources available free and online at FamilySearch.org.

Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C

Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m.
National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C

Caribbean Immigrants: Using Federal Records to Locate Immigrant Ancestors from the West Indies, 1890–1930
Using Federal records from 1890–1930, archivist Damani Davis discusses how to locate immigrant ancestors from the West Indies.

May 2014

Tuesday, May 6, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
The Dawn of Freedom: Researching of Records of the Freedmen's Bureau

Reginald Washington will discuss the importance and availability of these extraordinary records for African American genealogical research. He will offer research strategies for their use and show examples of the kinds of documentation found among the files.

Thursday, May 8, at 11 a.m.
Lecture Room C, National Archives at College Park, MD
Civil Rights Litigation Case Files from the Department of Justice

Tina Ligon, archivist, discusses recently processed Department of Justice litigation case files that relate to the modern civil rights movement and highlight key events in African American history.

Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“The Best War Map Ever Made.” Ezra Carman and the Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam

Jamesina Thatcher will discuss her project on Ezra Carman and the making of the Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam. She extensively used two collections at the National Archives to complete this project: Record Group 92, Antietam Battlefield Commission, and Record Group 94, Antietam Studies.

Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m.
Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C

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Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs are held at the National Archives Building (enter on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building) throughout the month.

April 2014

Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Genealogy Lecture: National Archives Online Resources

Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows you how to navigate Archives.gov for your genealogy research in this lecture.

Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Nonpopulation Census Records

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archives specialist Katherine Vollen on nonpopulation census records (all skill levels welcome).

Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Genealogy Lecture: National Archives Online Resources

Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows you how to navigate Archives.gov for your genealogy research in this lecture. No registration required.

Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Immigration Records

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archivist Claire Kluskens on immigration records (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, April 26, noon-4 p.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.

May 2014

Wednesday, May 7, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1950s

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archivist Claire Kluskens on Canadian border crossings.

Saturday, May 17, at noon-4 p.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Beyond the Basics” Genealogy: Land Records

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archives specialist Rebecca Sharp on land records (all skill levels welcome).

Wednesday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Genealogy Using Online Resources of the National Archives

Learn how to navigate Archives.gov for your family history research with archives specialist Nancy Wing.


Lectures

Tuesdays: Room G-25, Research Center
National Archives Building
Washington, DC
Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue

Thursdays: Lecture Room B
National Archives at College Park, Maryland

Genealogy Programs

Room G-25, Research Center
National Archives Building
Washington, DC
Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue

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