FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair – October 23, 2019

Join the National Archives for the 2019 Virtual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Sessions will be live streamed on YouTube and you're invited!

National Archives Hosts 7th Annual Virtual Genealogy Fair LIVE on YouTube!

Set your alarms and get ready to LEARN – long distance and virtually, that is. Once again the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is hosting the 7th annual virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT. Click HERE for the latest information.

Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. In addition, video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.

Download the 2019 Virtual Genealogy Fair Flyer

Join the National Archives for the 2019 Virtual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Sessions will be live streamed on YouTube and you're invited!

Click HERE to download and print out a color flyer for the fair . . . please share it with your genealogy society and local library!

NARA 2019 Virtual Genealogy Fair Schedule

  • 10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
    Archivist of the United States of America David S. Ferriero
  • 10:05 a.m. Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers
    “Hit a snag in your research? Bring your question to History Hub, the National Archives’ pioneering online platform for crowdsourced historical and genealogical research, where Archives staff and expert community members alike are waiting to lend their expertise. Learn about the capabilities of History Hub including how to search from the pool of existing questions, how to post your own question, how to sign up and join the community, see what our partner agencies are doing, and more.”
    Presented by Rebecca L. Collier, Research Services Coordinator for History Hub, Darren Cole, Digital Engagement Specialist in the Web Branch of the Office of Innovation and Kelly Osborn, Community Manager and Web Developer, Office of Innovation.
  • 11 a.m. Preserving Personal Collections
    “Personal collections are valued for their importance to understanding family history. Do you know how to best preserve your treasured papers and heirlooms so they can by passed on? This sessions will provide tips and information on the care and storage of paper, books, photographs, as well as film, audio, and video. Providing the best environment and storage will allow family heirlooms to be available for generations, while understanding proper handling and copying can expand their availability and enjoyment with distant kin.”
    Presented by Sara Holmes, Management and Program Analyst.
  • 12 p.m. Immigrant Records: More Than Just Ship Passenger Arrival Lists
    “The breadth of immigration records available online and in archives can seem overwhelming. This session will identify what original records you can find at the National Archives and what you can discover online. Records discussed will range from passport applications, naturalization documents, passenger arrival lists, and more! Attendees will discover how immigration laws have changed over time and how the records that exist have been impacted by those laws; understand the different types of records available through the National Archives; and learn how to get started with research.”
    Presented by Elizabeth Burnes, Archivist, Kansas City.
  • 1 p.m. Researching Your World War I Sailor and Marine 
    “In this session, archivist Nathaniel Patch offers a guide to discovering the story of your World War I Sailor and Marine using the Records of the National Archives. Although for the experienced to advanced researcher, beginners will learn where to access easily understood records (such as deck logs, war diaries, and unit records), and how to build on that information to find more material in complicated record series.”
    Presented by Nathaniel Patch, Subject Matter Expert for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard
  • 2 p.m. Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records
    “Federally run schools for American Indian children first emerged in the mid 19th century and became a potent tool of cultural assimilation for decades, before slowly evolving alongside the general changes and improvements in Native American relations. This presentation will discuss the records of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) boarding and day schools, looking at both individual student case files as well as general administrative records, what was and was not saved, what can be found within them, and what privacy restrictions exist. Located at National Archives facilities across the country and often hidden within other BIA series, these records not only chronicle a student’s academic career but often health, family, and life after school. General school records paint a portrait of school life and can further flesh out an individuals history at a particular school at a particular time.”
    Presented by Cody White, Archivist, Denver
  • 3 p.m. The Homestead Act: Land Records of Your Ancestors
    “James Muhn explains the basic provisions of the Homestead Act and demonstrates how to research and interpret homestead documents found in Record Group 49, Records of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for family history research. Learn about how relevant records such as tract books, public land entry case files, patents and other associated documents can be found and the information they can tell you. ”
    Presented by James Muhn, former Land Law Historian, Bureau of Land Management
  • 4 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Ann Cummings, Executive for Research Services

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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

1 Comment on "FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair – October 23, 2019"

  1. John Zimmerman | 11 September 2019 at 3:18 pm |

    NARA is a wonderful resource and their annual Virtual Genealogy Fair is an opportunity to learn from experts.

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