The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) 2017, held July 10–14 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., proved every bit as successful as the historic institute’s updated 2016 session. Attendees agreed that the week met their genealogical educational needs and even exceeded expectations. As one participant said, the institute provided “invaluable information regarding the breadth of holdings at the Archives and how to access them, but also served to develop more general skills of problem-solving and looking beyond the ‘usual’ records.”
The Class of 2017 experienced moments like this:
“While going through over a dozen land entry file records for my ancestors, I was able to come across a couple of letters written in their own hand. How amazing it was to hold a document created over 150 years ago by my 3rd-great-grandfather!”
The next Institute is set for July 16–July 20, 2018. Online registration will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. To receive news about next year’s program and announcements, enter your email address in the “subscribe” box on the bottom right of the institute website, http://www.gen-fed.org.