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NGS Research Trip to Washington, District of Columbia

30 October to 5 November 2016

  • Space is limited to 25 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 24 February 2016. 
  • Early bird registration closes: 20 June 2016.
  • Registration Deadline: 15 September 2016.  

On this NGS-sponsored research trip researchers will have the opportunity to:  

  • hold your ancestor’s Civil War pension file in your hand or view an ancestor’s land patent or a Civilian Conservation Corps accident report at the National Archives;
  • explore various genealogical compilations, record abstracts, and other materials donated by DAR members
  • use the various resources such as the genealogies, local histories, newspapers, or maps at what is considered the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress.

The research consultants for Washington, D.C. are Craig Roberts Scott, cgsm, fuga, Tom H. Shawker, md, Patricia Walls Stamm,cgsm, cglsm, and Shirley Wilcox, cgsm,fngs, fvgs.

Trip Details Registration Fees Schedule
Policies Featured Consultants Accessibility
Hotel Extra Night? FAQs

Trip Details

The research trip package price includes:

  • Online orientation and preparation assistance for the three libraries in Washington, D.C.;
  • Six days of research in D.C.;
  • Meet and Greet for participants on Sunday evening 
  • Research consultations with group leaders during the trip;
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn including: 
     o daily continental breakfast;
     o free Internet in rooms;
     o parking for one car;
  • Friday evening dinner;
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities for all planned events. 

Registration Fees

Single Room
Before June 20
June 20 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before June 20
June 20 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before June 20
June 20 and after



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

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
Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Personal research at DAR, LOC, or NARA.
Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception and Dinner, Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
Personal research at DAR, LOC, or NARA.
Checkout from hotel before 12:00 p.m.


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: To cancel a trip, please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at

  • If your cancellation request is received by 30 August 2016 (60 days prior to the trip), a $125 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
  • After 30 August 2016, because of contract obligations, refunds (minus the nonrefundable administrative fee) are only available if a substitute participant is found.
  • Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.

  • Accessibility

    All the libraries as well as the hotel are handicapped accessible. If you need a handicapped-accessible room, please include that in the comments section of the reservation form.

    Please note that there is a good amount of walking necessary to get around the facilities and the Washington, D.C. area. The group usually uses the Metro system. The closest Metro station is about two blocks from the hotel. The furthest walk is from the Metro stop to the DAR Library. It is approximately ½ mile.

    Cab and public transit fees are not included in the cost of the trip.

    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 has 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 was 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. The hotel has a heated indoor pool, exercise center, and a laundry room for guests? convenience.

    The Rosslyn Metro Station gives travelers convenient access to all the major business and leisure destinations in the Washington, D.C., Arlington, and Crystal City areas.

    The hotel overlooks the Potomac River and is across from the historic Georgetown area. Within miles of the hotel are Reagan National Airport, numerous shopping malls, and noteworthy Washington, D.C. 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 through Sunday. When booking through NGS, this price includes the free parking, breakfast voucher, and Internet in the rooms. 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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