The following is an announcement from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration:
WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will host a Genealogy Technology Fair. Free lectures and demonstrations will highlight ways to use online resources to search National Archives records. While the Fair will offer information and guidance for seasoned genealogy professionals and novices alike, it is not intended to show researchers how to do their genealogy searches exclusively online. This event is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.
Fair highlights include NARA staff demonstrations of the following:
- NARA's Archives Automated Databases (AAD), online Archives Research Catalog (ARC), and Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) that includes AncestryPlus and Heritage Quest
- The Bureau of Land Management (an agency within the US Department of the Interior) website database of public land records
- The microfilm digital scanner, the Kodak picture maker, and the OrderOnline system to order copies of specific records
WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2005, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For a schedule of lectures and demonstrations please visit www.archives.gov and click on "genealogy news and events."
WHERE: National Archives Building, Research Center Lobby, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets, Washington DC. A government-issued photo identification is required to enter the building. The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines.
WHO: Nationally-known genealogy lecturer Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS, CGL, will speak on Using the NARA website before you visit, Collecting Data from the Internet: Finding, Evaluating, and Documenting It, and Publishing Your Research on the Internet-Responsibly. Ms. Kerstens created the Clooz software program that organizes and files genealogical documents. She is managing editor of the NGS Newsmagazine and Genealogical Computing, and speaks frequently at national and regional genealogical conferences.
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable noncurrent records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists such as decennial censuses, immigration records, military records,, and public land records. For information on NARA's holding see www.archives.gov