Friday, January 06, 2012

NARA: Genealogy workshop videos now online

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Thanks to Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL for forwarding this notice from David McMillen. We applaud the efforts of the National Archives (US) to educate researchers about effectively accessing NARA record groups. Awesome use of technology as well, since NARA has established a YouTube channel.

From: David McMillen, External Affairs Liaison,
The National Archives                                                              
January 4, 2012
National Archives Puts Popular Records Workshops Online for First Time!
“Know Your Records” videos now available on National Archives YouTube Channel

Washington, DC… For the first time, the National Archives has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops.  These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as census, immigration and military records.  Now, these popular workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel
The National Archives-produced Know Your Records video shorts cover the creation, scope, content, and use of National Archives records for genealogical research. "The National Archives is proud to make our most popular genealogy lectures available online and ready for viewing by anyone, anywhere, at any time," said Diane Dimkoff, Director of Customer Services. 

Genealogy Introduction: Military Research at the National Archives: Volunteer Service (8:22)  Archives specialist John Deeben discusses compiled military service records at the National Archives.

Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Regular Service (6:11)  Archives Specialist John Deeben explains how to use Army and Navy registers of enlistment and rendezvous reports for research.  Archives Specialist John Deeben discusses how to research military service using pension records dating from 1775 to 1916.  Deeben shows samples of both Revolutionary War and Civil War pensions. Archives Specialists Katherine Vollen and Rebecca Crawford provide an overview of immigration records from 1800 to 1957, including Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization records, as well as records of ports and border crossings.

Genealogy expert Constance Potter shares tips and strategies for researching U.S. Federal Census Records 1790 to 1930, and explains how they can be used for genealogical research.
Background on “Know Your Records” programs
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The Know Your Records Program offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the annual genealogy fair, an online genealogy tutorial, reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News  for Washington DC area researchers.

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