Learn Genealogy from the Comfort of Your Own Home: The 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 28–30, 2014
Today’s post comes from Rebecca K. Sharp, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Was your ancestor a drayman (cart driver), a hod carrier (a laborer who carried supplies to stone masons or bricklayers), a huckster (peddler), an ostler (a groom or stable hand), or a spinster (an unmarried woman)?
Discover the answers to these questions and much more through genealogical research.
Whether you are beginning your research or are an experienced genealogist, tune in to the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Virtual Genealogy Fair.
This three-day online event will be held October 28–30. It’s free, and registration is not needed. Real-time captioning will be available for all sessions through Streamtext.
Our speakers include staff from NARA research facilities nationwide highlighting the holdings of the National Archives at Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; College Park, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, DC.
Guest speakers include the Historian from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and representatives from genealogical websites.
We will have 17 lectures on a variety of topics including: an introduction to Federal records of a genealogical interest; how to preserve family records; NARA’s “Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives” web pages; NARA’s Access to Archival Databases; citizenship records; land records; patent records; military records; documenting aliens during times of war; Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI case files; and genealogical websites.
Participants will be able to submit questions via Twitter using #genfair2014.
Since we have a very tight schedule, the speaker may not be able to answer all of the questions during the allotted 10-minute Q & A session. Please send any remaining questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be updating the 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair website leading up to and after the fair.
When a speaker grants us permission, we will post handouts, PowerPoint slides, and links to the archived video of the lecture on this website. Archived footage of the lectures will be available on the fair’s website by the end of November.
Mark your calendars for October 28-30!