Genealogy at the Library: U.S. National Archives
Join us for genealogy workshops in Room 219 on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am.
January 11: The U.S. National Archives: The Nation's Attic. Presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
Sooner or later our research leads us to the treasures held in governmental archives. For federal government records in the United States that leads to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Researchers often use federal census, military and pension records, and passenger arrival records but these are only a fraction of the genealogically useful records in the custody of NARA. The records of the nation’s civil, military and diplomatic activities are held by NARA. In Washington alone these records total more than six billion pieces of paper; over eleven million still pictures; 99,951 reels of motion pictures; 214,129 sound and video recordings; 2,706,123 maps and charts; 3,525,626 architectural and engineering plans; and 18,934,123 aerial photographs.
This hour and syllabus material focuses on the Washington, DC, area facilities, commonly called Archives I and II, finding aids, website, catalogs, access options and research tips. Some discussion covers the Regional branches of NARA, including the finding aids.
February 8: DNA: Third-Party Tools: What They Are and Why You Should Know about Them. Presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
March 8: How Can I Be Better at Using the Internet for My Genealogy? Presented by genealogist Tom Rice, CG.
April 19: A Civil War presentation by Dr. Kurt Leichtle, Professor Emeritus, UW River Falls.
May 10: Reconstructing a Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile. Presented by Tina Norris, M.L.I.S.
June 7: Planning a Genealogy Research Trip. Presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
July 12: Voyage to America! Presented by Tina Norris, M.L.I.S.
August 9: There's an App for that! Cool Apps to Help You do Your Family History Research Anywhere. Presented by Tina Norris, M.L.I.S.
September 13: Sources and Methods for Researching American Indian Ancestors. Presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
October 11: 16 Ways to Leave a Legacy: presentation & workshop. Presented by Tina Norris, M.L.I.S.
November 8: Finding Your Overseas Ancestors. Presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.