National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: May 9, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives June 2012 Genealogy Workshops

For More Information Contact:
Lori Cox-Paul, 816-268-8017

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering two free genealogy workshops in June. Can't Catch Me: Locating Ancestors in Court and Prison Records will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Introduction to Genealogy: Using Federal Census Records to Find Your Ancestors will be held on Friday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The workshops will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Can't Catch Me: Locating Ancestors in Court and Prison Records

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Order in the Court: Finding Your Familiy in Federal Court Records Did your ancestor file for bankruptcy? Get tied up in a federal civil suit? Were they a defendant in a criminal case? Federal court documents are an underutilized set of records that help provide a snapshot of an individual or family at a particular juncture in life. Depending upon the type of case, documents can include lists of property, family members, testimony, and other insightful glimpses at events that may not be documented elsewhere. Come learn about the types of cases you can find at the National Archives and how to begin your research.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Behind Bars: Penitentiary Records Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary has an infamous past, leaving behind a paper trail of inmates that crossed its threshold. The inmate case files document the individual’s life from arrival to departure. Included are "rap" sheets, intake charts, correspondence sent and received, intercepted letters, mugshots, and more.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Self-guided tour "They're Not Going to Get Me:" Crime in the 1930s exhibit

Friday, June 8 at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Introduction to Genealogy: Using Federal Census Records to Find Your Ancestors This course will introduce beginning genealogists to the United States Federal Census while providing direction with how and where to start researching your family history. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other telling details about your ancestors’ lives.

To make a reservation for these free events , please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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