9/20/2012

National Archives at Kansas City offers genealogy symposium

National Archives at Kansas City News Release

Call: (816) 268-8000

visit: http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/






National Archives at Kansas City offers Second Annual Fall Genealogy Symposium

The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering What is Old is New: Rediscovering Records for Genealogy Research, its second annual fall genealogy symposium, on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The symposium features five different presentations:
  • Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin - 9-10 a.m. Moore Interested in starting your family history research? Not sure where to begin? Come learn the basics of what you need in order to start, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist, and how original records help tell your family’s story. National Archives Staff Member, Jennifer Audsley
  • Googling Your Genealogy - 10:15-11:15 a.m. Searching online can be a powerful tool for any researcher. Many historical documents and resources have been placed online, and one of the biggest challenges for genealogists is knowing how and where to start looking for them. Learn to harness the power of the internet through the use of simple tools and tricks for effectively finding websites and useful resources for genealogy research. National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar
  • Navigating Ancestry.com - 11:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. Subscription-based genealogy website, Ancestry.com, contains a wealth of information, but unless you understand the structure and depth of the website, your search results and success will be limited. Come learn about the different databases and effective search strategies to uncover more about your ancestors! Patrons are encouraged to bring WiFi enabled device to follow along in class. National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar
  • Maneuvering the New Search on Fold3.com - 12:45-1:45 p.m. What's old is new again! Genealogy websites change their format from time to time to enhance search capabilities. Specializing in military records, Fold3.com recently unveiled a radically new search tool. New and experienced genealogists alike will benefit from learning how to utilize this resource effectively to find or rediscover your ancestors. Certified Genealogist, Evie Bresette
  • Military Records Were Destroyed? What to do? Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File - 2-3 p.m. Between 16 and 18 million military service files, many from WWI and WWII, were destroyed by the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. However, this loss should not discourage researchers from uncovering an ancestor's military experience.  Professional International Genealogist and Consultant, Kathleen Brandt.
Familiar resources once found only on microfilm are becoming widely available via a variety of websites. Genealogists should keep current on how to use and access these tools as this shift occurs. National Achives Staff and guest lecturers will offer workshops that reintroduce both new and long-time genealogists to resources. Learn new search techniques, understand information organization on popular websites, and re-examine resources in ways you may not have considered. Look for clues in records you may have missed years ago.

Participants are welcome to attend one or all of these free workshops held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Seating is limited, reserve your space today by submitting your RSVP to (816) 268-8000 or kansascity.archives@nara.gov. Free WiFi access will be available to attendees.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call (816) 268-8000 or visit: http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/.

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