News from NARA: Seventh Annual Genealogy Fair

Become Your Family’s Detective

April 20 & 21, 2011

National Archives Research Center,
Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza,
Washington, DC (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)

WHAT: The National Archives seventh annual Genealogy Fair: Become Your Family’s Detective takes place on April 20 and 21, 2011, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This two-day program showcases the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair provides information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Reservations are not required, the fair is free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives.

Sessions included workshops on records relating to naturalization, census, military, immigration, land, and more. Exhibitors include National Archives staff and guest organizations who demonstrate how to use Federal records and other resources for genealogical research.

WHEN: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, April 20, 2011, 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Avenue entrance Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, cuts the ribbon to open the fair.

Genealogy Fair: Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Archives Research Center Lobby and Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to our events.

For location details see our Visitor’s Map.

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information about the National Archives’ holdings start on our home page

For more information about the fair, e-mail

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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