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Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

Virtual Genealogy Fair

Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Thousands of family historians participate in the live event.

As a virtual attendee, you can:

  • Attend free of charge and registration!
  • Watch the entire day on YouTube.
  • Sign up for chat during the live event. In advance, create an account on YouTube.
  • Participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event.
  • Join us – from wherever and whenever.
  • Watch individual sessions and download the materials at your convenience — live or after the event.
  • Or watch in the Thirlby Room at the library during any of the listed times:


Session 1 at 10 a.m. ET
Welcoming Remarks from David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States followed by Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers presented by Rebecca L. Collier, Darren Cole and Kelly Osborn.

Session 2 at 11 a.m. ET
Preserving Personal Collections by Sara Holmes

Session 3 at Noon ET
Immigrant Records:  More that Just Ship Passenger Arrival List by Elizabeth Burnes

Session 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Researching Your World War I Sailor and Marine by Nathaniel Patch

Session 5 at 2 p.m. ET
Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records by Cody White

Session 6 at 3 pm. ET
The Homestead Act:  Land Records of Your Ancestors by James Muhn

Session 7 at 4:00pm ET
Closing Remarks from Ann Cummings, Executive for Research Services , National Archives



October 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States


Thirlby Room