National Genealogical Society

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NGS Research Trip to Washington, District of Columbia

30 October to 4 November 2016 - REGISTER NOW

  • Space is limited to 25 participants
  • Registration Opens: 24 February 2016
  • Early bird registration closes: 1 June, 2016
  • Registration Deadline: 15 September 2016

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

  • hold their ancestor's civil war pension file or view an ancestor's land patent or a Civilian Conservation Corps accident report at the National Archives;
  • explore various genealogical compilations, record abstracts, manuscripts, or research files documenting family histories 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,cg, cglsm, and Shirley Wilcox, cg, 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
  • Five days of research in D.C.
  • Meet and greet for participants on Sunday evening at the hotel
  • Research consultations with group leaders during the trip
  • Five nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn including: 
      o daily continental breakfast
      o free Internet in rooms
      o parking for one car
  • Thursday evening dinner
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities for all planned events

Registration Fees

NGS does not offer a minus hotel "research only" option.

Single Room
Before June 1
June 1 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before June 1
June 1 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before June 1
June 1 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
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.


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 via 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. Since 1985, he has specialized in researching records in the National Archives and has authored several books and articles that relate to research in the National Archives. Scott serves as coordinator of military records at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He lectures around the country on military records and problem solving and has lectured at NGS and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conferences since 1990. He serves on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

    Thomas H. Shawker, MD is a physician, 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 NGS Education Manager. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the NIGR and IGHR. She is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

    Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, FYGS, served as NGS president from 1996 to 2000. She was formerly president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, the Prince George?s County Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society. She was elected an NGS fellow in 2001, and a VGS fellow in 2014. In 1995 she received APG's Smallwood Award of Merit. In 2011, she became the first recipient of the NGS Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. A board-certified genealogist since 1973, she is currently a member of the DAR and 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. Each 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. 

    The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations cg, cgl and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

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