Learn About National Archives Holdings From the Comfort of Your Computer Chair

We recently learned that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has a number of wonderful videos available from their Know Your Records Lecture Series. Know Your Records lectures are held weekly on Tuesdays in room G-24 at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and Thursdays in Lecture Room B at the College Park building. Learn more about the Know Your Records program at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records or via e-mail at inquire@nara.gov.

Of note were:

Exodus to Kansas – Damani Davis

Davis examines Federal records relating to the “Kansas Exodus” (the Exoduster movement), which was the first instance of voluntary, mass migration among African Americans. This mass exodus was significant enough to generate considerable attention throughout the nation and resulted in a major Senate investigation.

Let No Man Put Asunder: Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records – Reginald Washington

To celebrate African American Heritage Month and Valentine’s Day, NARA archivist Reginald Washington will give a presentation on marriage records located in the Freedmen’s bureau records.

The Official Register of the United States, 1816-1959 – John Deeben

Archivist Technician Deeben will discuss the Official Register, a national directory of federal employees, published every two years by mandate from Congress. The Register offers an excellent starting point for genealogy research relating to federal employment.

Additional videos include:

  • Documenting Death in the Civil War – John Deeben
    Deeben explores death records created during and after the Civil War by the War Department, examining how they documented personal circumstances of solders’ deaths in various situations, including the battlefield, military hospitals, and prisons.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for Genealogists – Dan Law
    This video is part of the Know Your Records series of talk at the National Archives. This is the second part of a discussion on electronic records that are of interest to genealogists, and how to access those records on NARA’s AAD online. The discussion is led by Dan Law, of the Archival Operations of Electronic Records department, and was held at the National Archives at College Park on March 14, 2012.

To check out all the videos currently offered, please visit the NARA YouTube Channel.

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