Trace your Washington, DC, ancestors with the advice and resources in our Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Washington, D.C.
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Washington, D.C. brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Washington, D.C.
Trace your Washington, D.C.ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Washington, D.C.’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Washington, D.C.research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Washington, D.C. guide:
- Georgetown was the District’s port of entry, but most passenger ships landed in Baltimore or Philadelphia. Arrivals were mostly people from throughout the country who moved to Washington to work for the government.
- Districtwide registration of births and deaths began in 1874; marriage records date to 1811.
- Founded in 1896, the DAR library has an enormous collection of biographies; genealogies; cemetery, Bible and church records; city directories; manuscripts; and membership applications with supporting files.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.