Tuesday, October 11, 2011


On Saturday, October 15 the National Archives at Kansas City will host Finding Your Family History, a day-long genealogy fair featuring workshops and local genealogical organizations onsite. Below is a schedule of workshops. Attendees are asked to select either the morning or afternoon session.


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. -- Registration
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. -- Session Choices: Introduction to Alien Files (A-Files) or Introduction to Genealogy
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. -- break/vendors
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. -- Session Choices: Naturalization Records; or Military Records; or African American Genealogy
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - break/vendors
11:00 - Noon -- Session Choices: Preservation for Genealogists; or The 1940 Census; or Introduction to Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com)


12:30 - 1:00 p.m. -- Registration
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. -- Session Choices: Introduction to Alien Files (A-Files) or Introduction to Genealogy
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. -- break/vendors
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. -- Session Choices: Naturalization Records; or The 1940 Census; or African American Genealogy
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. -- break/vendors
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Session Choices: Preservation for Genealogists; or Military Records; or Introduction to Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com)

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8072 or email kimberlee.ried@nara.gov. This event is presented in partnership with Kansas City Public Television.

About the speakers:

Jennifer Audsley-Moore has been with the National Archives for five years, first as a preservation contractor then as an archives technician. In addition to handling reference inquires, Audsley-Moore is responsible for the National Archives at Kansas City volunteer program. She has bachelor and master degrees in American History.

Evie Bresette is a Certified Genealogist with the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and its affiliate local chapter, Heartland APG; and attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research in Washington DC. She has presented lectures at national and local conferences and has volunteered at the National Archives-Central Plains Region since 1993. Evie belongs to many national genealogical associations and serves on the Nominating Committee for the Board of the Missouri State Genealogical Association; she specializes in heir searching and due diligence.

Elizabeth Burnes is an Archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City. She serves as the lead archivist for Alien Files (A-Files) reference. Prior to joining the National Archives staff she held positions at Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri History Museum, Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. She received a bachelor’s degree in History at Truman State University, and a master’s degree in History and Museum Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Joyce Burner joined the archives staff in 2010 as archivist, after working as the preservation contractor in Lee’s Summit in 2009. After spending thirty years in school and church libraries and book retail, Joyce returned to graduate school in 2007 to study archives management, and interned at the National Archives at Kansas City and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. Joyce writes Archival Research Catalog descriptions of our records for the NARA website, and is supervisor over preservation and internships.

Jessica Edgar, a graduate in History and Education from William Jewell College, has been with the National Archives at Kansas City since 2007. As an Archives Specialist, her roles include: providing reference services to genealogists, historians, and scholars; physically controlling and managing the databases related to the region’s 50,000 cubic feet of records; creating and designing print and web-based marketing materials; and assisting with K-12 educational outreach.

Trevor Plante is an archivist in the Textual Reference Section at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, who specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century military records. He is an active lecturer at the National Archives and a frequent contributor to Prologue. He compiled Reference Information Paper 109, Military Service Records at the National Archives, and is a contributing author in the Encyclopedia of American Military History. He co-authored “Lincoln’s Fleeting Hope for an Early End to the War,” which appeared in America’s Civil War magazine.His other published works include: “The Shady Side of the Family Tree: Civil War Union Court-Martial Case Files;” “U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion;” and “Researching African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1890: Buffalo Soldiers and Black Infantrymen.” He is a guest lecturer at the United States Naval Academy and the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Constance Potter is a reference archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration Washington, DC. She writes and speaks about federal records of interest to genealogists including federal census records, Laura Ingalls Wilder, World War I graves registration and Gold Star Mothers, the effects of weather on family history, and women during the Revolutionary War era. She is working on the reference aspects of the 1940 census. Potter has worked at the National Archives since 1983.

Dorothy Witherspoon, Ph.D. is a native Arkansan and began an interest in genealogy and researching family history in the 1980s inspired by Alex Haley's Roots. In 1990 she published The Homecoming, a book about her family’s history, which is now in its second printing. Her recently published book, Researching Slave Ancestry, is designed to help African American families explore and discover their roots. Dr. Witherspoon is a founding member of the Midwest African American Genealogical Interest Coalition (MAGIC). She resides in the Kansas City, Missouri area.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota available for public access. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit: www.archives.gov/central-plains.

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