Friday, August 26, 2016

National Archives Virtual Fair

 With fall comes the National Archives hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair. This fair is not one you attend in person, but rather through the Internet- so no travel expenses! No need to go to Washington, DC. Of course, you won't have easy access to the archives, while attending, but that's the trade off. And what's more, the whole event is free courtesy of the National Archives. Below is their announcement of this year's fair:
Save the dates October 26th and October 27th 

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Save the date!

October 26 & 27, 2016

2016 Virtual Genealogy Fair

On October 26 & 27, 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday), the National Archives will host a two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free of charge. Registration is not required.
We are currently in the planning stages to select a wide variety of topics for different skill levels from beginners to advanced. Please check this page later for more details.


This year’s program will include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lecture Sessions

The lecture sessions will offer family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records dealing with immigration, military and civilian personnel, and bankruptcy. Learn how to do genealogical research using traditional and electronic records.

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26

Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel

Day 2: Thursday, October 27

Watch entire day on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel
You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. See previous Virtual Genealogy Fair sessions and presentation materials for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015.


Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event, please send an email to: or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see
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