The National Archives is running its eighth annual genealogy fair this week. The two day fair runs April 18–19 at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

This free event showcases the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. “The fair provides information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair is free and open to the public with no registration.”

Sessions include workshops on records relating to census, immigration, land, naturalization, military, online resources, and more. 23 different presents cover topics with titles including:

  • Methods, Means, and Best Practices for Oral History Projects
  • The 1940 Census
  • Federal Land Records
  • The 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC, Emancipation: Exploring Federal Records Relating to SlaveryintheDistrictof Columbia, Maryland, & Virginia
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Naturalization Correspondence Files, 1906–1944
  • and so much more

There is even a class on beginning genealogy. If you live anywhere near the D.C. area, this free fair is worth dropping in on. For more information of the fair, or to see what other workshops the Archives may be hosting in your area, visit the National Archives website.