Monday, October 27, 2014

NARA Online Genealogy Fair

imageThis week the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) is holding a three day genealogy conference, of sorts, on the internet. If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video, you have enough technical smarts to attend.

Day 1: Tuesday, October 28
Watch live video stream on YouTube
Captioning on Streamtext 

Day 2: Wednesday, October 29
Watch live video stream on YouTube
Captioning on Streamtext

Day 3: video stream: Thursday, October 30
Watch live video stream on YouTube
Captioning on Streamtext

If you wish to ask questions (which you can do since this is a live event), you’ll have to get a Twitter account and learn how to send messages to @USNatArchives with hashtag #genfair2014. (I wonder if NARA checked that hashtag beforehand. Oh well. A little Indonesian music really livens up a genealogy fair.)

Sessions teach about Federal records, including citizenship, immigration, Indian, military, Federal land records, and the NARA website. There are two general interest sessions: introduction to genealogy and preserving your own records. Wednesday at noon (Eastern Time) Quinton Atkinson will teach about Ancestry.com and at 2 pm Carol Petranek will present about FamilySearch.

The schedule and handouts are and will be available online. More information is available on the NARA website.

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