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Thursday, January 06, 2011

GENEALOGICAL WORKSHOPS AT NARA-KC

The following free genealogical workshops will be offered at the National Archives at Kansas City.

Friday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. - Provost Marshal Records

The Provost Marshal General's Bureau was created in 1863 to streamline the process of filling the ranks of the Union Army. This entailed enrolling men for the draft, enlisting volunteers, conducting physical examinations for enlisted men, and arresting deserters. In the process of carrying out these tasks, the Provost Marshal recorded a wealth of information on men eligible for military service during the Civil War. The result is a gold mine for genealogists, who can use the records of Provost Marshal General's Bureau to learn fascinating details about their ancestors and what their lives were like during this crucial time in American history.

Friday, January 28, at 1:00 p.m. - 68,937 and Counting: Inmate Case Files of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas

A treasure of information awaits researchers and genealogists inside the prison records of Leavenworth Penitentiary. More than almost any other federal record, inmate case files offer unsurpassed biographical details on the life of an inmate. This presentation will cover what is available inside inmate case files and how to go about using them for genealogical research.

To make a reservation or for more information call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

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