National Archives Of The United States Presented A Virtual Genealogy Fair On October 21-22, 2015; Approximately 9 Hours Of YouTube Videos Of The Programs Presented; Presentation Slides And Handouts Available; Link To Online Material In This Post; Access Previous Fairs Information From 2005 To 2014

Hi Everyone!

National Archives LogoOne of my librarian colleagues and participants at our program made me aware that the National Archives of the United States just recently held a 2 day Virtual Genealogy Fair.  The fair was just held on October 21, 2015 and October 22, 2015.

Thank you Celeste!

Did you miss it?

Yep, me too!

However, we have a chance to see what this was all about by taking a look at the material that was uploaded to YouTube by the National Archives.

Are you ready for this?  You can view Day 1 and Day 2 proceedings of the presentations online at YouTube.  Day 1 YouTube material is about 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Day 2 proceedings of the event on YouTube are about 5 hours.

Pretty lengthy?  Yep!

Presentation topics for Day 1 were:

  • “Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives” presented by Claire Kluskens
  • “Preserving Your Family Records: Conversation and Questions” presented by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
  • “Personnel Records of the National Archives – St. Louis” presented by Bryan K. McGraw
  • “It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series”  presented by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin
  • “Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records”  presented by Ashley Mattingly

Presentation topics for Day 2:

  • “Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes”  presented by Jean Nudd
  • “Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up!” presented by John LeGloahec
  • “Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis” presented by Theresa Fitzgerald
  • “Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment” presented by Cara Moore
  • “Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research” presented by Jessica Hopkins

Take a look at the program guide at the following link that identifies what each presentation is.  Within each description you will be able to access the slides of the presentation as well as any handouts that accompanied the presentation.

Here is the link:

October 21-22, 2015, National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Program Guide

Within the program guide you will see the links that will get you to the actual online YouTube videos of Day 1 and Day 2 of the event plus the program description and links to the handouts and slides of the program.

The National Archives did a great job in including so much in the summary sheet of the program you will see within the link above.

If a program interests you just move the slider for the video forward to try to find where the program approximately starts.  Each program should be about 1 hour.  You do not have to patiently view the video waiting for your program of interest to start.

All of this is especially helpful if you will be focusing on researching materials held by the National Archives of the United States.

The National Archives also makes available access to the previously held Virtual Genealogy Fairs it has presented.  You can find those at the following link where you just need to scroll down the page to the end to gain access to online material for the fairs going back to 2005:

National Archives of the United States Virtual Genealogy Fairs 2005-2015

Congratulations to the National Archives for putting on such a large-scale 2-day program.  Thanks to the National Archives for making all of this material available to the researcher to allow them to get a better understanding of how to use the National Archives to assist them in their research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


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