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Press Release
April 24, 2001
June Genealogy Workshops at the National Archives

College Park, MD. . . The National Archives and Records Administration will hold genealogy workshops relating to Beginning Genealogy Research, Passenger Records, Federal Court Records, and African American Genealogy . The fee for each workshop is $15, payable at the door by check or exact amount in cash. Advance registration is required; call 202-501-6694.

The genealogy workshops will take place at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The public may verify times and dates by calling 202 -501-6694.

Thursday, June 7 - BEGINNING GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, staff archivist, will teach the basics of genealogical research at the National Archives. 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Room G-13, Classroom A.

Tuesday, June 19 - PASSENGER RECORDS
Guest lecturer John P. Colletta, Ph.D., will explain how to use passenger records, including baggage lists, manifests, customs records, and immigration passenger lists. The focus is largely on post-1820 federal records. 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Room G-13, Classroom A.

Thursday, June 21 - FEDERAL COURT RECORDS
The records of U.S. courts constitute the largest record group in the regional archives (RG 21). They are a treasure trove of information about our ancestors, yet sorely under-utilized by genealogists. Federal court records reveal all manner of facts found nowhere else about our ancestors' finances, business dealings, personal and family relationships, their homes and property, personalities, disputes, triumphs and defeats. This workshop provides an overview of the federal court system, 1789-1911; describes the records those courts created; suggests strategies for finding records pertaining to a particular family; and illustrates with lively case studies the broad range of information they contain. Every case file is another human drama! 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Room G-13, Classroom A.

Tuesday, June 26 - AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY
Reginald Washington, staff archivist, will give a workshop on using Federal records for African American genealogical research. He will discuss census records, military service and pension files, Freedmen's Bureau records, and other records. 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Room G-13, Classroom A.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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