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NGS Research Trip to Washington, District of Columbia

1–6 November 2015

  • Space is limited to 25 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 4 March 2015 - This event is now SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Courtney Holmes.
  • Registration Deadline: 1 September 2015  

In Washington DC, you can  

  • hold your ancestor’s Civil War pension file in your hand
  • utilize a variety of maps, photos, and newspapers at the Library of Congress
  • explore various genealogical compilations, record abstracts, and other materials donated by DAR members

This research trip to Washington, DC, is led by Craig Roberts Scott, cgsm, fuga, Tom H. Shawker, md, Patricia Walls Stamm,cgsm, cglsm, and Shirley Wilcox, cgsm,fngs, fvgs. Researchers will use the genealogical resources at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and the Library of Congress (LOC).

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Trip Details

The trip includes:

  • Guidance from experienced research leaders
  • Online orientation to prepare for your trip to Washington, DC
  • Meet and Greet get-together on Sunday evening 
  • Six days of research at three noteworthy Washington, DC, facilities:
     o The National Archives  
     o The Daughters of the American Revolution Library 
     o The Library of Congress
  • Personal research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Thursday evening dinner
  • Five nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, including daily continental breakfast, free Internet in rooms and parking
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities 

Please note:

  • Although all research facilities are handicapped accessible, participants should understand that walking is necessary to get around the facilities and the Washington, DC area.
  • The closest metro station is about two blocks from the hotel. Cab and public transit fees are not included in the cost of the trip. 

Registration Fees

Single Room
Before August 2
August 2 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before August 2
August 2 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before August 2
August 2 and after



1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room, and any events planned.


Roommates: NGS will aid participants in locating a roommate; however, no guarantees are made. Please see the FAQ for further information.

Payments: Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

NGS understands that commitments can change your plans. To cancel a trip, please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at If your cancellation request is received by 1 September 2015, (60 days prior to the trip), a $125 non-refundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.

After 1 September, because of contract obligations, a refund (minus the non-refundable administrative fee) is only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.

Schedule (Changes announced through the online orientation) 

Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet with questions and answers; snacks and beverages are included.
Monday, 9:00 a.m.
Orientation and research at NARA
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.
Research at NARA
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
Orientation and research at DAR Library
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.
Orientation and research at LOC
Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception and Dinner, Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Personal research at DAR, LOC, or NARA. Checkout from hotel before 12:00 p.m.

Featured Consultants

Craig Roberts Scott, cg, fuga, is a professional genealogist and since 1985, specializes in records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. Craig serves as coordinator of military records at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He lectures around the country on military records and problem solving. He serves on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

Craig authored several books and articles that relate to research in the National Archives. He lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1990.

Thomas H. Shawker, md, is a physician, a nationally recognized lecturer, past chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee, and the author of the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History and the course, An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, the Basics. He is also the past president of the Prince George's County Genealogical Society of Maryland.

Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College.   

Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cg, fngs, fvgs, served as NGS president from 1996 to 2000, and elected as a fellow in 2001. In 2011, she became the first recipient of the NGS Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. She was the former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society.

She is a board-certified genealogist dating from 1973. She is a current member of the DAR and she also serves on the board of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia.


The hotel is the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge. It is located at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209.

This hotel is a nonsmoking facility. Rooms were recently refurbished and are equipped with either a king or two queen beds. The room has coffee service, iron with ironing board, hairdryer, in-room safe, and flat panel HDTV. For your relaxation, the hotel has a heated indoor pool and exercise center.

The hotel overlooks the Potomac River and is across from the historic Georgetown area. Within a short walking distance of the hotel is the Rosslyn Metro Station, which gives travelers convenient access to all the major business and leisure destinations in the Washington, DC, Arlington, and Crystal City areas. There is also a grocery store and numerous restaurants nearby.

Within miles of the hotel are Reagan National Airport, numerous shopping malls, and noteworthy Washington, DC, sites, such as the Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Can I arrange for extra nights?
NGS can make arrangements to extend your trip. The price is $155 for Monday through Thursday and $95 for Friday and Saturday. Please make these plans at least 60 days prior to the trip date. After that, space is based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at for further information. 

*Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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