Gen-Fed Program for 2017 Released

Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, speaks with 2016 Gen-Fed attendees. NARA photo by Brogan Jackson.












[Updated April 18, 2017]

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records has announced its 2017 list of lecturers and topics for the week-long course to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, from July 10–14, 2017. Among those presenting are NARA staff members, current and retired, and expert genealogists, researchers, historians, and librarians from a variety of backgrounds. The Innovation Hub at NARA-DC, located within the Robert M. Warner Research Center on the first floor, offers proximity to archivists and records and serves as the institute’s home base.

After a welcome from the Archivist of the United States, “Methodological Monday” immerses attendees in multiple access strategies for on-site and remote research. Lectures on military, land, and immigration records, traditional staples of the institute, will focus on sources available only in Washington, D.C. Records from all three branches of governments will be studied during the institute—legislative, executive, and judicial.  In addition to the presentations listed below, two informal Q&A sessions have been added to the schedule, including one with NARA personnel based in St. Louis.

Online registration for the 2017 Genealogical Institute on Federal Records will open on Saturday, February 25, at 3:00 PM EST. Details on registration will be released on Thursday, February 16th. For more information on the institute and its history, visit

A Federal Family Tree
       Malissa Ruffner, JD, CGSM, Director, Gen-Fed
Using Finding Aids for Archival Research
—Claire Kluskens, NARA
Citing Federal Records
       Debra A. Hoffman, Assistant Director, Gen-Fed
Using the National Archives Catalog for Genealogical Research
       Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak, NARA
NARA’s Records, Coast to Coast
       Trevor Plante, NARA
Introduction to Local History and Genealogy, Main Reading Room, Library of Congress (LC) (at LC)
       — James Sweany, MSLS
Basic Military Records and Pension Records
       Jonathan Webb Deiss, Military Research Specialist,
Mining Land Entry Records for Family History and Reward for Service: Bounty Land Records
       Angela McGhie, CGSM, genealogist, lecturer, blogger, and coordinator of Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
Introduction to the Daughters of the America Revolution (DAR) Library (at DAR)
       —Darryn Lickliter, MLIS
Finding Family in Congressional Private Claims Records
       John Deeben, NARA
Immigration & Nationality: Beyond the Basic Documents, Part I and Part II
       Marian Smith, Historian, United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS)
In Search of Henry Müller: A State Department Correspondence Case Study
       Kenneth W. Heger, PhD, NARA (retired)
Documenting Doughboys: Finding Records of WWI Service
       Constance Potter, NARA (retired)
Quick Start in Still Photography Research
       Richard Green, NARA
Using Federal Records to Explore Native American Ancestry
       Angela Walton-Raji, genealogist, author, founding member of and the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAGGI)
Court Records: Making a Federal Case Out of It and Spread the Word: More Family in Federal Records
       Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM, CGLSM ,“The Legal Genealogist”

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