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March 20, 2002

May and June 2002 Genealogy Workshops at the National Archives

Washington, DC. . . Throughout May and June, the National Archives and Records Administration will hold genealogy workshops on Naturalization Records, Military Service Records, Military Pension Records, Passenger Records, Federal Land Records, the 1930 Census, African American Genealogy, and Preservation of Family Papers. 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 in Room 105 at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted. The public may verify times and dates by calling 202 -501-6694.

Tuesday, May 7 - Naturalization Records
Guest lecturer Dr. John P. Colletta, Ph.D., will discuss Federal, state, and local naturalization records. The workshop will focus on Federal records in the National Archives regional archives.

Tuesday, May 21 - Military Service Records
Guest Lecturer Dr. John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., will explain how to research military service records from the Revolutionary War through the early 1900s.

Thursday, May 23 - Military Pension Records
Guest Lecturer John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., will explain how to research military pension and bounty-land records from the Revolutionary War through the early 1900's.

Thursday, May 30 - 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

Tuesday, June 4 - Federal Land Records
Among the least-used genealogical resources are Federal land records preserved at the National Archives. They locate families, document land holdings, and may provide much family information as well. Guest lecturer Claire Bettag, CGRS, M.A., will discuss general land entry case files, bounty land records, private land claims and related Federal land records.

Thursday, June 6 - Researching the 1930 Census
Constance Potter, a staff archivist, will describe the questions on the 1930 census, explain the instructions to the enumerators, and show the different finding aids that are available for the census.

Tuesday, June 11 - Beginning Genealogical Research
Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, staff archivist, will teach the basics of genealogical research at the National Archives.

Thursday, June 20 - Researching the 1930 Census
Constance Potter, a staff archivist, will describe the questions on the 1930 census, explain the instructions to the enumerators, and show the different finding aids that are available for the census.

Tuesday, June 25 - African American Genealogy (6-9 PM)
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.

Thursday, June 27 - Preserving Your Family's Papers and Documents
Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, supervisory conservator of the National Archives Document Conservation Branch, will talk about ways to slow the deterioration of books, papers, and photographs and protect them from further damage.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov.

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