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December 31, 2011

National Archives Holds Genealogy-related Programs in January 2012

Washington, DC…In January, the National Archives kicks off the new year with a series of genealogy-related programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Please note that three of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Visitors to all programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The National Archives at College Park, MD, is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Wednesday, January 4, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records on the first Wednesday of the month. Archivist Damani Davis focuses on military records 1775–1865.

Tuesday, January 10, at 10:45 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Finding Opportunities: The Negro Division of the National Youth Administration During the Great Depression

Archivist Jametta Davis will discuss the work of the NYA and Mary McLeod Bethune to assist black youth with skills and employment during the 1930s. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room D, Thursday, January 12, at 10:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, January 18, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Beyond the Basics: 1940 Census

Archives staff teach “beyond the basics” archival research skills on the third Wednesday of the month. Archivist Constance Potter and archives technician Diane Petro focus on the 1940 census, which will be released on April 2, 2012.

Saturday, January 21, at 10 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Beyond the Basics: Post Office Records

Archives staff teach “beyond the basics” archival research skills on the third Saturday of the month. Claire Kluskens discusses records of the appointment of postmasters and other postal employees.

Saturday, January 21, noon–4 p.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
“Help! I’m Stuck”

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk in room G-26 on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 24, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Military Records: An Unexpected Subject Source

Archivist Timothy K. Nenninger discusses military records as a source of information on subjects you might not expect. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, January 26, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, January 31, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There

Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine gives a presentation on African Americans working in a contraband hospital from records in the National Archives. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 2, at 11 a.m.)

The National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park are fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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