Sunday, May 28, 2023

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 31 May Features Paula Stuart-Warren

 Wednesday, 31 May 2023, 12 noon PDT

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

Program Speaker:  Paula Stuart-Warren on 

"The U.S. National Archives: The Nation’s Attic"

Sooner or later our research leads us to the treasures held in governmental archives. For federal government records in the United States that leads to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Researchers often use federal census, military and pension records, and passenger arrival records but these are only a fraction of the genealogically useful records in the custody of NARA. The records of the nation’s civil, military and diplomatic activities are held by NARA. These records total more than 13.5 billion pieces of paper; 40 million photographs; 40 million aerial images; and 10 million maps, charts, and architectural/engineering drawings. Electronically? 835 terabytes!

This hour and syllabus material focuses on the Washington, DC area facilities commonly called Archives I and II with finding aids, website, catalogs, access options and research tips. Some discussion covers the Regional branches of NARA, including the finding aids.

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in the WPA, Historical Records Survey, railroad records, and Native American research. She has spent extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, libraries, state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She was a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and currently the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has presented courses for Research Write Connect Academy, Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and continues to present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Minnesota Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former president of the Northland Chapter of APG.

She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada, including connections to California. She currently has her own educational website and blog at and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

Register on the CVGS website for this meeting at


This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings.

Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time (3 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Mountain time). The Zoom Meeting room will be open by 11:45 a.m. PDT for visiting and helping attendees connect.

Members and non-members can register on the CVGS website for this meeting at and look for the email with the Zoom meeting reminder link on about Friday, 26 May, and also on Tuesday, 30 May, with the link to JOIN the Zoom meeting. Contact if you have problems or register too late for the email.  

Attendance is free but only 100 Zoom seats are available, so please register soon.

NOTE: The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an annual membership of $30. Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program speaker on the last Wednesday of each month, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on third Wednesdays, all at 12 noon Pacific time, plus a monthly 10 page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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