2019 Virtual Genealogy Fair Welcome


[MUSIC]>>Good morning, I’m David Ferriero Archivist of the United States. Welcome to virtual genealogy fair. For 14 years the National Archives hosted annual
genealogy fair. And Since 2013 we have been doing a live webcast
on YouTube. Our sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Thousands of family historians participate
in the live event each year. As a virtual attendee you can participate with
the presenters and other family historians and watch individual sessions and download
the materials at your convenience. Since going virtual seven years ago we are
able to have these resources and tools available for family historians in form of lecture,
video recordings and handouts on our genealogy fair web page. This annual event is opportunity to bring
us together to share knowledge about the National Archives holdings and research stratagies. Sessions will offer guidance on the National
Archives History Hub, preserving personal collections, using records relating to immigration,
World War I soldiers and Marines, Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools and Homestead Act. As you enjoy this genealogy fair I encourage
you visit our website at archives.gov. We have many other resources available including videos from our Know Your Records programs, an ongoing series of free public programs created to show you how to use federal records held at the National Archives, historical and genealogical
research. These videos include the 6 previous virtual genie fairs. Our National Archives catalog where you can find documents of genealogical interest from genealogists and the research at National Archives page on
FaceBook where you can follow the latest topics on genealogy. You can also connect with virtual genealogy
attendees on Twitter using the hashtag shown on the screen. The dedication of National Archives staff
is one of our greatest assets in carrying out the mission of this agency. I want to thank our presenters, Rebecca Collier,
Darren Cole, Kelly Osborn, Sara Holmes, Elizabeth Burnes, Nathaniel Patch, Cody White and James Muhn for their efforts. Moreover, special thanks to our Research Services workplace culture and training manager Vernon Smith and program analyst Andrea Matney for putting
this all together. Our role at NARA is preserve the records that
have permanent value. We have over 15 billion pages of records,
44 million photographs, thousands of motion pictures, maps, broad sides and electronic
records. History comes to life at National Archives
through these holdings. Thank you and enjoy the virtual genealogy
fair.

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