“National Archives and Records Administration: Searching in Our Nation’s Attic,” By Beth Weiland Benko

December 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the US government agency tasked with preserving and maintaining documents that record important events in American history and making them available for research. NARA maintains several facilities in the Washington, DC area, over a dozen regional facilities, and fourteen Presidential libraries. They also provide access to some records through the NARA website.  This presentation will describe the holdings and research facilities of the National Archives central and regional locations, with a focus on the National Archives at Denver. A description of information available on the NARA website and a demonstration of the website search capabilities will be included.


Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is an officer and volunteer in several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society.