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January 28, 2014

National Archives Holds Research and Genealogy-related Programs in February

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Washington, DC…In February, the National Archives presents research and genealogy-related programs highlighting records from its holdings with a focus on African American History. All programs are free and open to the public, and – unless otherwise noted– –will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-25), in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Two programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Tuesday, February 4, at 11 a.m., Room G-25
Caribbean Immigrants: Using Federal Records to Locate Immigrant Ancestors from the West Indies, 1890–1930
Using Federal records from 1890 to 1930, archivist Damani Davis discusses how to locate immigrant ancestors from the West Indies. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 6, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 5, at 11 a.m., Room G-25
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tuesday, February 11, at 11 a.m., Room G-25
Civil Rights Litigation Case Files from the Department of Justice
Tina Ligon, archivist, discusses recently processed Department of Justice litigation case files that relate to the modern civil rights movement and highlight key events in African American history. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 13, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 12, at 9:30 a.m., Room G-25
Genealogy Lecture: Using National Archives Online Resources
Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows you tips on how to navigate Archives.gov for your genealogy research in this lecture. No registration required. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives Building, Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30 a.m.)

Thursday, February 13, at 11 a.m., Washington Room (Constitution Ave. Entrance)
The Dawn of Freedom: Researching of Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau
Former archivist Reginald Washington discusses the importance, availability, and research strategies of Freedmen’s Bureau records for African American genealogical research. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

Thursday, February 13, at noon, Room G-25
"The Offspring of Our Own Choice": Amendments in Constitutional Thought and Practice
Northern Illinois University Professor David Kyvig discusses Article V of the Constitution, the Founders' device for allowing the highest law of the land to be kept up to date.

Wednesday, February 19, at 11 a.m., Room G-25
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Passport Records
Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archives specialist Katherine Vollen on passport records at the National Archives (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, February 22, at 10 a.m., Room G-25
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: War of 1812 Military Service
Claire Kluskens, archivist, discusses War of 1812 records for military service, pensions, and more for this month’s "beyond the basics" archival research skills talk (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, February 22, noon–4 p.m., Room G-25
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Claire Kluskens, archivist, is available to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.

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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