National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: March 14, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives April 2014 Genealogy Workshop

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

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering two free genealogy workshops in April. Behind Bars: Penitentiary Records will be held on Friday, April 4 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. and Problem Solving Using FANS–Friends, Associates, and Neighbors with guest speaker Beth Foulk will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The workshops will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:

Behind Bars: Penitentiary Records

Friday, April 4 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary has an infamous past, leaving behind a paper trail of inmates that crossed its threshold. From bank robbers and bootleggers to fraudulent oleo manufacturers and revolutionaries, many men (and a few women) have called Leavenworth home. The inmate case files document the individualís life from arrival to departure. Learn about the contents and clues found in these files.

Problem Solving Using FANS – Friends, Associates, and Neighbors with guest speaker Beth Foulk

Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Often the answer to climbing a genealogy brick wall is simply to go around it. By broadening our research to include our ancestorís friends, associates and neighbors, we can find answers that were previously elusive. Foulk discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115–name family tree with every family memberís name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences. This will be her second workshop at the National Archives. Visit her website to learn more at www.genealogydecoded.com .

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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