Washington, D.C.

DC Research Trip

Trip Dates: 4–10 November 2018
Registration: SOLD OUT
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Learn How to Research at Three of our Nation's Most Prestigious Repositories

Our nation’s capital is home to three renowned repositories that can provide a wealth of information to family historians and genealogists who are researching their ancestors.

Every year, NGS conducts a research trip to Washington, DC.  Experienced, BCG certified genealogists introduce you to and mentor your on-site genealogical research at the

  • National Archives (NARA),
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and
  • Library of Congress (LOC).

Our experts help you prepare for your trip and guide you during six days of research. Registration is limited to twenty-five participants.

National Archives

At the National Archives, you can track ancestors through immigration records, US passports from 1795 to 1925, the US Census, nineteenth century military records, homestead applications, and so much more. Perhaps most exciting is the ability to hold in your hands original records of your ancestors such as a Civil War pension file.

DAR Library

The DAR Library houses a wealth of genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications, including special collections on African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy, and culture.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with more than 164 million books, photographs, recordings, maps, manuscripts, etc. and 838 miles of bookshelves.  Without guidance from an experienced researcher, it can be both intimidating and overwhelming to compose an effective research plan for your visit.

Research consultants Charles S. Mason, Jr., CG; Darcie Hind Posz, CG; and Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, insure that your introduction to these institutions is both productive and enriching while conducting your personal research.

Research Trip Details

The trip includes:

  • Guidance from experienced genealogists familiar with the repositories;
  • Online orientation to help you prepare for your research trip to Washington, DC;
  • Orientation at the repositories;
  • Six days of research with individual research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip;
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, including daily continental breakfast, free internet in rooms, and parking;
  • Meet and greet on Sunday evening at the hotel;
  • Friday evening dinner;
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities (unless otherwise stated).

Take your genealogical research to a new level and register for our next exciting research trip to Washington, DC.

Sample Registration Fees (based on 2018 prices): SOLD OUT

Member Nonmember
Single Room
Before June 30 $1,800 $1,950
July 1 and after $1,950 $2,100
Double/Shared Room
Before June 30 $1,300 $1,500
July 1 and after $1,500 $1,700
Person with non-researching companion1
Before June 30 $2,075 $2,275
July 1 and after $2,275 $2,475
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 email to Courtney Holmes at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.

  • 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.


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, DC, 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 nineteenth and twentieth 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—numerous NGS conferences, and state and local conferences in the Washington, DC, area and in New Jersey.

Mason is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies and 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, Mason 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 as well as Hawaiian/Polynesian, Shoshone-Bannock, Japanese, and various American genealogies. Her first book, Chicago Stones: A Genealogy of Acquisition, Influence & Mobility, was published in June 2017. Past managing editor of NGS Magazine, Posz 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), Posz lives in Washington, DC.

Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, is a professional genealogist and, since 1985, has specialized in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC. 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.

Scott 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.


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, DC, 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 cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org for further information.

What other items should I know about?

NGS does not offer a minus hotel “research only” option. This trip also does not have the option of three researchers in the same room.