National Archives Press Release January 4, 2012
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—Immigration Records at the National Archives
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.
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.