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Get ready for the Genealogy Fair!

Why is this dog wearing a blue coat? It's the Geneaalogy Hound, and he's wearing a stack coat just an archivist! You can get your picture taken with him--he's over five feet tall--to show you are just as dogged when it comes to following your ancestors' trail through the records!

Why is this dog wearing a blue coat? He's the Genealogy Hound, and he's wearing a stack coat just like an archivist! You can get your picture taken with him--he's over five feet tall--to show you are just as dogged when it comes to following your ancestors' trail through the records!

Only 9 days left until the seventh annual Genealogy Fair! The fair is free and open to the public, and will take place at the National Archives building in Washington, DC. The Archivist will cut the ribbon at 9 a.m. on April 20 to open the fair.

Need an introduction to genealogy? There’s a session April 20 at 9.30 a.m.

Interested in researching headstone records for military veterans? That’s April 20 at 3 pm.

Looking for African American ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War? Come to the lecture on Thursday April 21 at 2 p.m.

What about the 1940 census? We’ll see you on Thursday April 21 at 2 p.m.

And this is just a small sample of the many lectures–by National Archives staff and expert speakers–going on over the two days of the Fair. You can check out the complete schedule on the Genealogy Fair website.

There will also be guest exhibitors to help you extend your genealogical research out of Federal records, so make sure you visit their booths in the big tent in front of the entrance.

This year will also feature the Female Re-enactors of Distinction: African American Ladies of the Civil War (FREED) who will be walking around the fair in character and in costume.

And, of course, you can check out the Archives Shop, which will have a 10% discount during the fair.

There will also be a Social Media table and a Tweet Table. If you aren’t in DC, you can still follow the fair on Twitter through @archivesnews and @USNatArchives. Use the hashtag #genfair to join in the conversation or follow along as we live tweet from the fair and special sessions.

We hope to see you there!

The Genealogy Fair is presented in Partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives with support from Ancestry.com.

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