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NGS Research Trip to Washington, DC-SOLD OUT

Learn How to Mine Genealogical Data at Three of our Nation's Most Prestigious Repositories

4-10 November 2018 Register Today

  • Six-Day Trip
  • Space is limited to 25 participants
  • Registration Opens: 1 March 2018
  • Early bird registration closes: 30 June 2018
  • Registration Deadline: 15 September 2018

Experienced, BCG certified, genealogical consultants will introduce and mentor participants as they discover the wealth of data at the:

  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library

Researchers will have ample time to conduct their own personal research at each facility.

The National Archives (NARA)

Track ancestors through immigration records, US passports from 1795 to 1925, the US Census, 19th Century veterans' records, Homestead applications, and so much more. Hold in your hands original records such as an ancestor's civil war pension file or land patent.

The DAR Library

Access a wealth of genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications, including special collections on African American, Native American, and women's history, genealogy, and culture.

The Library of Congress (LOC)

Learn how to navigate the largest library in the world with more than 164 million books, photographs, recordings, maps, manuscripts, etc. and 838 miles of bookshelves.

The research consultants for Washington, D.C. are Darcie Hind Posz, cgsm , Craig Roberts Scott, cgsm, fuga, Tom H. Shawker, md,and Patricia Walls Stamm cglsm

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

Trip Details

The research trip package price includes:

  • Online orientation and preparation assistance for the three libraries in Washington, DC
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn including: 
      o daily continental breakfast
      o free Internet in rooms
      o parking for one car
  • Six days of research in D.C.
  • Meet and greet for participants on Sunday evening at the hotel
  • Onsite orientation
  • Research consultations with group leaders during the trip

Registration Fees

Single Room
Before June 30
July 1 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before June 30
July 1 and after
Person with non-researching companion1
Before June 30
July 1 and after



1Non-researching companion 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 NARA, DAR, or LOC
Friday, 6:00 a.m.
Closing Dinner at 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 via e-mail to Courtney Holmes at [email protected].

  • If your cancellation request is received by 1 September 2018(60 days prior to the trip), a $175 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
  • After 1 September 2018, 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.
  • NGS recommends that you consider travel insurance to protect against monetary loss. Check with your personal insurance agent or online for different types of travel insurance policies.


    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 in 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.

    Cabs, parking meters, and public transit fees are not included in the cost of the trip.

    Featured Consultants

    Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr., cg, specializes in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a graduate of NGS's American Genealogy: Home Study Course, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives, the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University, and has attended as both a speaker and attendee of numerous NGS conferences, state and local conferences in the Washington, DC area and in New Jersey.

    Chuck is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies including President. He is a past President of NIGR Alumni Association, and is a past Director of the Northern Virginia Association for History. Besides teaching genealogical classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education program, Chuck is the host of Tracing Your Family Roots at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10.

    Darcie Hind Posz, cg, is an author, genealogist and researcher. She became a board certified genealogist in 2013, and was the 2015 recipient of the American Society of Genealogists Scholar Award. Her published work includes articles in The Genealogist, The American Genealogist, and National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and includes Hawaiian/Polynesian, Shoshone-Bannock, Japanese, and various American genealogies. Her first book, Chicago Stones: A Genealogy of Acquisition, Influence & Mobility, will be published in March 2017. Past managing editor of NGS Magazine, Darcie also worked at the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Both a member of the Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain and enrolled on the list of Kana'iolowalu (the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission), Darcie lives in Washington, D.C.

    Craig Roberts Scott, cg, fuga, is a professional genealogist and, since 1985, has specialized 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 served 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.

    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 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.


    The hotel is the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. The hotel overlooks the Potomac River and is across from the historic Georgetown area.

    This hotel is a nonsmoking facility. Rooms 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 is within miles of the Reagan National Airport, and numerous shopping malls. Other noteworthy sites include 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 $160 for Monday through Thursday and $100 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 as soon as possible prior to the trip date. Hotel rooms for non-trip dates are based on the hotel's availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at [email protected] for further information.

    What other items should I know about?

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

    This trip does not have the option of three researchers in the same room.

    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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