National Archives Hosts 6th Genealogy Fair, April 14-15, 2010
- National Archives Hosts 6th Genealogy Fair, April 14-15, 2010
Free two-day genealogy fair to focus on "The World of Genealogy"
WHAT: The National Archives will host its sixth annual Genealogy Fair: The
World of Genealogy on April 14 and 15, 2010, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This
year's two-day program will showcase the diversity of Federal records
located at the National Archives as resources for family history research.
Speakers include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy
professionals. The fair will provide information and guidance for
experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair is free and
open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the
Sessions include workshops on records relating to minority and ethnic groups
including African Americans, Chinese, German, Irish, Japanese, Native
Americans, and women, as well as a session on DNA genealogy testing, and an
evening program on the new genealogy-based TV series "Who Do You Think You
Are?" National Archives staff will demonstrate how to use databases
including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
<http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/> and Access to Archival Databases
(AAD) <http://aad.archives.gov/aad/> . Staff at the "Help! I'm Stuck" table
will be available to assist researchers. See a
schedule of lectures and demonstrations.
WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, April 14, 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Avenue
entrance Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will cut the
ribbon to open the fair.
Genealogy Fair: Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15, 2010, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30
WHERE: National Archives Research Center Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue
Plaza. National Archives Building
<http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/> , 700 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington DC. Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fair attendees will be given buttons at the Welcome Tent allowing entrance
to the building. Government-issued photo ID or student ID is required to
enter the building otherwise.
The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and
Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an
accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail
call 202 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.
WHO: Speakers include historian at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services, Zack Wilske; professional genealogists Susannah Brooks, Elizabeth
K. Kerstens, Marie V. Melchiori, and Thomas Shawker M.D.; and National
Archives experts Patrick Connelly, Rebecca Crawford, Damani Davis, John
Deeben, Claire P. Kluskens, Trevor Plante, Constance Potter, Mary Frances
Ronan, Rebecca Sharp, Katherine Vollen, and Reginald Washington. Guest
exhibitors include the Library of Congress, Washington DC Family History
Center, FamilySearch, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and local county
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal
government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as
pension files, census and Freedmen's Bureau materials. For information on
National Archives holdings see www.archives.gov <http://www.archives.gov/> .
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