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NGS Research Trip to Washington, District of Columbia

2–8 November 2014

  • Space is limited to 25 attendees. 
  • Registration Opens: 3 March 2014 - SOLD OUT
  • Registration Deadline: 30 September 2014  

This event is now SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Courtney Holmes.

Do you want to  

  • 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?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then going to Washington, DC, and researching in the nation’s repositories may be your answer!

This research trip to Washington, DC, is under the guidance of Craig Roberts Scott, cg*, fuga, and Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl. 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).

Learn more about

Trip Details Hotel Schedule of Events
Registration Fees Medical Form Policies

Trip Details

Your land package includes:

  • Online orientation, training, and preparation assistance for the 2014 Washington, DC, Research Trip
  • Six days of research at three noteworthy Washington, DC, facilities:
     o The National Archives
     o The Library of Congress
     o The Daughters of the American Revolution Library
  • Dessert Meet and Greet get-together on Sunday at the hotel 
  • Research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Friday evening dinner
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, which includes
     o daily continental breakfast
     o free Internet in rooms
     o parking
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities included 

Registration Fees

 
Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before September 2
September 2 and after
 
$1,450
$1,600
 
$1,600
$1,800
Double/Shared Room
Before September 2
September 2 and after
 
$1,050
$1,350
 
$1,350
$1,650
Person with non-researching spouse1
 
Before September 2
September 2 and after


$1,650
$1,900


$1,900
$2,150

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

Policies

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:

Please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes. If your cancellation request is received by 2 September 2014, 60 days prior to trip date, a $100 non-refundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.

After that, refunds minus the non-refundable administrative fee are only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missing events or leaving the trip early.  

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with questions and answers; snacks and beverages are included
Monday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Orientation and research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Orientation and research at the Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR)
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Orientation and research at the Library of Congress (LOC)
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Personal research at DAR, LOC, or NARA
Friday, 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception and Dinner, Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Saturday Personal research at DAR, LOC, or NARA Check-out of hotel before 12:00 p.m

Featured Consultants

Craig Roberts Scott, cg, fuga, is a professional genealogist specializing in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC, since 1985. He has written several books and articles that relate to research in the National Archives. He has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1990. Craig has coordinated and lectured in the military records tracks at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He continues to lecture around the country on military records and problem solving. He has served on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists for several terms. Craig is also the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

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 of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national 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.

ADDITIONALLY:

Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cg, fngs, served two terms as NGS president and has been board certified as a genealogist since 1973. As a native Californian, she has experience tracing her own lines from New England and the South across the country to Northern California in the 1850s–1870s. As a professional genealogist, she has compiled lineages for clients whose ancestors lived in many geographic regions. Shirley was president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (1991–1993), president of the Virginia Genealogical Society (2007–2011), served on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2000–2009), and currently serves as a member of the Board of Assistants of the Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia. Since 1996 she has been the verifying genealogist of the National Society Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia. In 1995 she received the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Patricia O'Brien Shawker, cg, is a professional genealogist, certified since 1999, whose interests are Maryland genealogy and research at the National Archives. She has a BS in accounting from the University of Maryland. She is the director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and is the treasurer of the Maryland Genealogical Society. She served as treasurer of the National Genealogical Society for three years (2003–2006). She has been a volunteer staff aid at the National Archives since 2005 and received the Jane Roush McCafferty, CG, Award of Excellence from the Prince George's County Genealogical Society in 2009.

Hotel

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?
Extra nights are available based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org to add additional room nights to your trip. The price is $155 for Monday through Thursday and $90 for Friday and Saturday.

Please Note:

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

*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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