Friday, February 11, 2011


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

Friday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Introduction to Alien Files

Alien files contain United States immigration documents generated and collected since the mid-20th century with a wealth of data, including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more. The National Archives at Kansas City houses alien file records prior to 1909 for immigrants who lived throughout the entire United States.

Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Researching African American Genealogy

Taught by researcher and author Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, author of Researching Slave Ancestry, this workshop will cover genealogy research strategies and resources to help those interested in exploring African American family history, including overcoming roadblocks caused by slavery. Using case studies, and hands-on examples, participants will learn about using primary research documents such as the Federal census. Information will be shared on tools useful in discovering the untold history of generations of African Americans seeking to trace slave ancestry. Witherspoon will be available after the workshop to sign copies of her book, available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives.

To make a reservation or for more information call 816-268-8010 or email

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