The National Archives at New York City

Workshops and Program Schedule

2016 Finding Family Genealogy Series

Our Finding Family Genealogy Series is offered every Spring (March through June) and Fall (September through December) on the following dates.

The series of workshops are free and open to all interested in learning about genealogical research using records from the National Archives.



September 13, 2016

Researching the 1940 Census
The 1940 census is one of the most important genealogical resources released in the past decade. Come learn the basics about the 1940 census and how to research it.



October 11, 2016

Introduction to National Archives indexes on the German Genealogy Group Website
Join Don Eckerle, longtime NARA Volunteer and member of the GGG, as he provides an overview of the free searchable indexes on the GGG website, including the seven new databases highlighting records of the National Archives at New York City.  


November 7, 2016

Searching for siblings to find family: Help among the Collaterals
Professional Genealogist Roger Joslyn will use several case studies to demonstrate why you should take time from the “pedigree chart syndrome” and learn more about sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. Knowing about other kin can properly define your ancestral families, and studying the “collaterals” solves many genealogical problems.



December 13, 2016

Ask the Experts
Come ask Connie Potter (retired NARA archivist and genealogist), Roger Joslyn, and Leslie Corn (both Certified and Forensic Genealogists) questions about navigating your genealogical research journey.   The panel will also provide examples and tips to aid your research.


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Registration: The public should register via or 866-840-1752 to reserve a space.

Cost: All programs are free and open to the public

Location: All programs will be held in the Learning Center, on the 3rd floor of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

Time: Programs run from Noon to 1:00pm.

Additional Information

Workshop Topics:

The National Archives at New York City offers a variety of free workshops. We encourage participants to learn about using our resources for genealogical, educational, and other purposes. Our workshops vary throughout the year and tailored to meet the needs of our various audiences.

Please note that these are past events, and we may not be able to repeat them exactly in terms of the subjects covered. We do try to cover the major genealogy records -- Census, naturalization, passenger arrival records -- every year, and we provide workshops for beginners and experienced researchers. We also offer workshops on "underutilized" records.

Please let us know if you are interested in a particular topic. The New York staff is knowledgeable about all our archival materials and available to design a workshop to meet a specific audience or genealogical interest. Our staff is available to present lectures at local, state, and regional genealogy functions. Contact us for more information or to set up a workshop.

For additional NARA workshops and courses visit the Nationwide Genealogy Workshops Calendar and the Washington, DC, Programs Calendar.

Guest Programs:

We also host programs exclusively for guest organizations, genealogical groups, historical associations, colleges, universities, schools, community groups, and more upon request. Please contact us if your group is interested in an exclusive presentation and tour, or a particular topical program. Guest programs are open to members (current and new prospects) of the guest institutions or organizations.

How To Register for National Archives at New York City programs:

All workshops are free! Workshop and tour space is limited (approximately 40 participants), so prior registration is required. Call us at 866.840.1752 toll-free or e-mail us at to register or for more details.

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