Monday, January 9, 2012

National Archives "Know Your Records" -- Voice Your Opinion

I received the following announcement from the National Archives and am very excited that they are trying to make more of their "Know Your Records" programs available for free online. It will be of value to many researchers to learn about these records so please take time to share your opinion on which programs are of the most interest to you. There are over 60 topics to choose from, and many of the genealogy topics are listed on page two of the survey. 

Help us put the National Archives Know Your Records program Online!
The National Archives and Records Administration hosted more than 370 Know Your Records talks on topics including genealogy, ethnic heritage, declassified records, Civil War, social media, and more over the past two years. We want to make them available to a wider audience by posting the videos online, and need your help to figure out where to start: which talks are you most eager to see posted to YouTube and iTunes U? Out of the hundreds, we narrowed it down to the top 60 lectures.  Read through the list of program summaries, vote on your favorites, and let us know what you think. This is just the start of an ongoing project, so we’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
All are invited and encouraged to participate.  You will need to sign up for an account in order to vote or comment.  Only an email address is needed and then you are in.

Note from Angela:
Below is just a sample of the program choices that may be of interest to genealogists. Please take a few minutes and share your opinion of which ones you would like to see put online.

Civil War Pension Files at

Laura Prescott from will discuss the Civil War pension files recently scanned and published online.

Documenting Death in the Civil War

John Deeben, genealogy archives specialist at the National Archives, explores death records created during and after the Civil War by the War.

Civil War Unit and Ship Records at the National Archives National Archives Records on

Sabrina Petersen will discuss National Archives files recently scanned and published online.

Passport Applications, 1795–1925

Rebecca Sharp and Katherine Vollen will discuss how to locate passport applications and how these records can enhance your genealogical research.

Veterans Records at

Sabrina Petersen discusses National Archives World War I and World War II veterans’ records available on

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for Genealogists

Archives specialist Daniel Law will introduce electronic records and discuss how to access these records on our Access to Archival Databases.

Genealogy and New Deal Relief

The lecture examines the correspondence files of the WPA and predecessor agencies to discover information about the personal and family experiences.

The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company: A Gold Mine for Black and White Genealogists

Susannah E. Brooks will present information on both African American and white depositors at the Freedman’s Savings and Trust.

Alien Files (A-Files) for Genealogy Research

Learn how the Alien Files are a rich source of biographical information for family research in a joint NARA and USCIS presentation.

Civil War Medicine

Archives specialist Rebecca Sharp and reference librarian Nancy Wing will discuss The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion.

Civil War Records on uses National Archives documents from recently added Civil War titles to create family histories.

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