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February 11, 2014

National Archives Holds Research and Genealogy–related Programs in March

Washington, DC…In March, the National Archives presents research and genealogy-related programs highlighting records from its holdings with a focus on Women’s history. All programs are free and open to the public, and 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. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Please note that three of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m.
Our Ancestors are Hiding on the World Wide Web
Genealogy profesional and National Archives volunteer Susannah E. Brooks shows you how to find German ancestors using the Internet. These online research methods apply to any group of people. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 5, at 11 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. These introductory lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m.
Genealogy Lecture: National Archives Online Resources
Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows how to navigate archives.gov for genealogy research.

Thursday, March 13, at noon
The Senate's Census of Gays and Lesbians in Federal Service, 1950
Rick Valelly, Claude C. Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, discusses an investigation of the Senate Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments that sought an accurate count of "sex perverts" in all federal agencies. His research is for a book manuscript, Coming Out of Uncle Sam's Closet.

Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Artificial Limbs for Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1927
Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archivist Claire Kluskens on records created to help Civil War and other veterans obtain artificial limbs (all skill levels welcome).

Saturday, March 15, noon-4 p.m.
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist, Claire Kluskens, is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk.

Tuesday, March 18, at 11 a.m.
Miriam Makeba, South African Singer & Human Rights Activist
Judy Luis-Watson, manager of the volunteer program at the National Archives in College Park, discusses South African singer Miriam Makeba's tumultuous early career in the U.S., as documented in the holdings of the National Archives. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD , in Lecture Room B, Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Revolutionary War Widows Pension Records
Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archivist Damani Davis on Revolutionary War Widows Pension Records (all skill levels welcome).

Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m.
Genealogy Lecture: Using National Archives Online Resources
Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows how to navigate archives.gov for genealogy research.

Tuesday, March 25, at 11 a.m.
Women of the Polar Archives
Audrey Amidon, motion picture preservation specialist, will discuss her Prologue magazine article “Women of the Polar Archives: The Films and Stories of Marie Peary Stafford and Louise Boyd.” (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD , in Lecture Room B, Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m.)

Friday, March 28, at noon
The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress
Sean Theriault, Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss his recent book on change in the Senate and his current research project.

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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