Sixth Annual Genealogy Fair
April 14 & 15, 2010
National Archives Research Center,
Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza,
Washington, DC (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)
WHAT: The National Archives hosted its sixth annual Genealogy Fair: The World of Genealogy on April 14 and 15, 2010, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This year’s two-day program showcased the diversity of Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers included National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair provided information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair was free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and with support from Ancestry.com.
Sessions included workshops on records relating to minority and ethnic groups including African Americans, Chinese, German, Irish, Japanese, Native Americans, and women, as well as a session on DNA genealogy testing, and an evening program on the new genealogy-based TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” National Archives staff demonstrated how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD). Staff at the “Help! I’m Stuck” table were available to assist researchers.
WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, April 14, 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Avenue entrance Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, cut the ribbon to open the fair.
Genealogy Fair: Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15, 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See the complete schedule by day showing the session titles and descriptions, tracks, times, locations, and presenters:
- Complete schedule for Day 1
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- Complete schedule for Day 2
Thursday, April 15, 2010
See the condensed schedule for April 14 and 15, showing the session titles, times, and locations.
WHERE: National Archives Research Center Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue.
See the map of the fair, showing the location of the guest genealogy exhibitors, NARA genealogy exhibitors, and sessions.
Fair attendees were given buttons at the Welcome Tent allowing entrance to the building. Government-issued photo ID or student ID is required to enter the building otherwise.
The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to our events.
For location details see our Visitor's Map.
WHO: Speakers included historian at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Zack Wilske; professional genealogists Susannah Brooks, Elizabeth K. Kerstens, Marie V. Melchiori, and Thomas Shawker M.D.; and National Archives experts Patrick Connelly, Rebecca Crawford, Damani Davis, John Deeben, Claire P. Kluskens, Trevor Plante, Constance Potter, Mary Frances Ronan, Rebecca Sharp, Katherine Vollen, and Reginald Washington.
Only the sessions listed by National Archives staff are available.
- African American Genealogy: Locating Caribbean Immigrant Ancestors, by Damani Davis
- Anatomy of a Pension File, by Claire P. Kluskens
- Introduction to Genealogy, by Katherine Vollen
- Hispanic Volunteers in the Antebellum Army Records of Military Service, 1835–1855, by John Deeben
- Mexican Border Crossing Records, 1903–1950s, by Claire P. Kluskens
- Military Service in the Civil War: An Overview, by John Deeben
- Naturalization Records, by Patrick Connelly
- Native Americans - Carlisle Indian School, by Mary Frances Ronan
- New York City Lower East Side: Changes in an Ethnic Neighborhood, by Constance Potter
- Nonpopulation Census Schedules, by Katherine Vollen
- Relocation Center Newspapers: A Source for Japanese American Genealogy, by Rebecca Sharp
National Archives Exhibitors:
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
- Archives.gov Redesign
- Online Catalog
- Foundation for the National Archives
- Genealogy Tutorial
- Help! I’m Stuck
- National Archives Shop
- National Archives Volunteer Association
- Office of Regional Archives
- Reference Reports
- Social Media
Guest Genealogy Exhibitors:
- Afro-American Historical Society, Inc.
- Association of Professional Genealogists
- Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration
- District of Columbia Archives
- District of Columbia Public Library, Washingtoniana Division
- Fairfax Genealogical Society
- Federation of Genealogical Societies
- Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society
- Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc.
- Local History & Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress
- Maryland Genealogical Society
- Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
- National Genealogical Society
- Thomas Balch Library
- USCIS Historical Records & Archives Branch, Genealogy Program
- Washington DC Family History Center
Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information about the National Archives' holdings start on our home page www.archives.gov.
For more information about the fair, e-mail KYR@nara.gov.