Monday, May 9, 2011

NARA: June 2011 genealogy programs



May 9, 2011

National Archives Holds Genealogy-related Programs in June 2011

Washington, DC. . . In June, the National Archives will feature genealogy-related programs highlighting records from its holdings.  These programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.  Visitors to programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.  Visitors to the June 1 program in the Washington Room and the June 23 program in the Jefferson Room should use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Ave. at 7th St. NW.  

Please note that three of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, located at 8601 Adelphi Road.  For directions to both locations, see:  http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro

Wednesday, June 1, at 11 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
Introduction to Genealogy 
Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, June 1, at noon, Washington Room
Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General
The Marquis de Lafayette traveled to America at his own expense to fight in the Revolutionary War. Marc Leepson, author of Lafayette, discusses Lafayette’s devotion to American and French independence.  A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (            202-357-5271 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-357-5271      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      ) before and during the event.

Tuesday, June 7, at 11 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
Department of State Records
David Langbart, archivist, discusses the records of the Department of State in the National Archives. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 14, at 11 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
National Archives National Declassification Center
Neil Carmichael, Director of the Indexing and Declassification Review Division for the National Declassification Center at the National Archives, discusses the work of the National Archives National Declassification Center opening millions of previously classified records over the past year. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room D, Thursday, June 16, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 15, at 11 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
Beyond the Basics: Introduction to the 1940 Census
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Wednesday of the month. Constance Potter, staff archivist and genealogy specialist, presents an introduction and discussion of the 1940 census.

Saturday, June 18, at 10 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
Beyond the Basics:  Researching War of 1812 Military Service
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Saturday of the month. This month’s topic is researching military service in the War of 1812.

Saturday, June 18, noon–4 P.M., Research Center Room G-24
“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 genealogy research questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk in room G-26 that Saturday.

Thursday, June 23, at noon, Jefferson Room
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?
Exhibit specialist Alice Kamps shares the surprising discoveries she made while researching food records “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”, an exhibition that explores the Government’s effect on the American diet.  The exhibition opens June 10, 2011, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, June 28, at 11 A.M., Research Center Room G-24
Online Resources: Military Casualty Records on Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Kathryn Fleming, archivist, demonstrates how to use the Access to Archival Databases online resource (AAD) by highlighting one of the newest series available: Defense Casualty Analysis System Files, 1950–2006. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, June 30, at 11 a.m.)

Please note that after a summer break, the Know Your Records programs will return in September.

The National Archives Building is 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-357-5000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting at least two weeks prior to the event.  To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call  202-357-5333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-357-5333      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: http://www.archives.gov/calendar

Did you miss the National Archives Genealogy Fair:  Become Your Family’s Detective April 20-21, 2011?  Some materials and PowerPoint presentations are now online at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/2011/handouts.