National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: May 1, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives June 2013 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. Military Service Records will be held on Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Exploring Resources Related to African American Genealogy Research During the Civil War and Reconstruction Era will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The workshops will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Military Service Records
Thursday, June 6 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, the National Archives maintains service and pension records for the men and women of the armed forces. Learn where the records are located, what information is necessary to order the file, and how to place an order. This class will also address privacy and access.

Exploring Resources Related to African American Genealogy Research during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era with genealogist Lyle Gibson
Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The consequences of the Civil War directly impacted former slaves and impoverished whites, destroying the South, and leaving many without homes and jobs. The U.S. Government established the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) to assist these individuals. Documents from this agency include: local censuses, marriage records, and medical records which provide freed people’s full names and former masters, and more. Join Gibson as he discusses records found in the Freedmen’s Bureau and other resources related to African American genealogy.

To make a reservation for these free workshops 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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