National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: December 18, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives January 2014 Four-Part Genealogy Workshop Series

For More Information Contact:
Lori Cox-Paul, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… TheNational Archives at Kansas City will be offering an exciting four-part genealogy workshop series every Wednesday, starting on January 8 through January 29 – Centuries of Service: Exploring Military Records for Genealogy. Attend all four classes to receive a certificate of completion. The workshops will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Centuries of Service: Exploring Military Records for Genealogy

Workshop Descriptions:

Fighting the Red Coats: Records from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 on Wednesday, January 8 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The young republic spent eleven years battling the British in two wars between the years 1775-1815. During these conflicts and the tense period between the formal wars, young soldiers stepped up and answered the call to protect the new nation. Discover the variety of records documenting your ancestor’s military experience, and ways to access them.

Growing Pains: Exploring Resources for Mid-19th Century American Conflicts on Wednesday, January 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Following the War of 1812, the United States endured a period of rapid expansion and upheaval. Conflicts exploded first with Native American tribes in the southeast, then with Mexico, and finally as the nation split in two during the Civil War. This class examines military records created during the mid-19th Century, from service records and pension files, to more detailed records on units in combat, as well as instructions on how to access these records.

Turn of the Century Conflicts: Spanish-American War, Phillippine Insurrections, and World War I on Wednesday, January 22 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

At the end of the 19th and into the 20th century, the battlefields moved from the continental United States to international soil. Beginning with the Spanish American War, leading to the Philippine Insurrection, and culminating in World War I, our ancestors left the United States to serve American causes abroad. Learn about the records that tell these stories.

A World Torn Apart: World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War on Wednesday, January 29 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Though these wars were international in scope, the United States military created records during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War that provide insight into the units and individuals who served. This class explores how to order service records, identify online resources, and understand privacy restrictions.

To make a reservation for these free workshops call 816-268-8000 or email email

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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