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Nothing beats a trip to the nation's capital for putting you in touch with history, family and otherwise. And don't let your research quest keep you from seeing a bit of the city while you're there. Washington, after all, is perhaps the only city in the world to list government and tourism as its top two industries.

Maybe you've been to one of the National Archives' regional facilities, but you'll want to make a trip to the National Archives Building, which holds our government's most cherished documents: the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Unfortunately, the building — located at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — is under renovation, so you won't get to see those original documents and other exhibits in the Rotunda until the summer of 2003. But the research rooms will be open, and there's plenty of information to keep you busy. There's also plenty of information to get lost in, so you'll want to plan ahead. Click onto NARA's Genealogy Page <> to view the archives' holdings. For research tips, see the National Archives Building's Web site at <> or call (800) 234-8861.

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