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Image Courtesy of the National Archives

Image Courtesy of the National Archives

So I’m giving you about 12 minutes notice that the National Archives is holding a virtual genealogy fair today. Yep – we can get all of the goodness of a genealogy conference without leaving our messy desks. (Okay, well mine is messy. Maybe some of you guys are members of The Organized Genealogist on Facebook.)

How to Participate

Participation is simple!

1. Check out the NARA virtual genealogy fair schedule at the National Archives website.

2. Download the handouts for sessions on September 3 and September 4.

3. Create an account or get signed in at UStream.

4. Follow the National Archives account at UStream.

5. Tune in at 10am for the first session!

Sessions for Everyone

I have to work today, of course, but I plan to hit as many sessions as possible.(I’m self-employed, so I have 12 bosses. I work everyday!)

I’m going to try to listen in on all sessions, but my “absolutely can’t miss” sessions are:

September 3

10am – Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives with John Deeben

12pm – A-Files (Alien Files) with Elizabeth Burnes

2pm – National Archives Online Resources for Genealogy with Nancy Wing

September 4

10am – Genealogy and the Freedman’s Bank: Records of the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company with Damani Davis

11am – Military and Civilian Personnel Records:  The National Archives at St. Louis with Ashley Mattingly and Theresa Fitzgerald

1pm – Federal Penitentiary Records with Jake Ersland (I have two unrelated relatives who were both rumored to have been in the federal pen for bootlegging…)

Join Me!

The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #GenFair2013. Connect with me on Twitter at @JennealogyStory and let’s be a boisterous backchannel! 🙂

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