Thursday, May 17, 2012


The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering the following genealogy workshop:

Can’t Catch Me: Locating Ancestors in Court and Prison Records
Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. :

The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description

10:00 to 11:30 AM – Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records
Did your ancestor file for bankruptcy? Get tied up in a federal civil suit? Were they a defendant in a criminal case? Federal court documents are an underutilized set of records that help provide a snapshot of an individual or family at a particular juncture in life. Depending upon the type of case, documents can include lists of property, family members, testimony, and other insightful glimpses at events that may not be documented elsewhere. Come learn about the types of cases you can find at the National Archives and how to begin your research. :

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM - Behind Bars: Penitentiary Records
Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary has an infamous past, leaving behind a paper trail of inmates that crossed its threshold. The inmate case files document the individual’s life from arrival to departure. Included are “rap” sheets, intake charts, correspondence sent and received, intercepted letters, mugshots, and more. :

1:00 to 2:00 PM – Self-guided tour “They’re not going to get me:” Crime in the 1930’s exhibit :

To make a reservation for this free event, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit our website.

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