Washington, D.C.

DC Research Trip

SOLD OUT: To sign up to be wait-listed, contact Courtney Holmes at [email protected].


Trip Dates: 27 October–1 November 2019 (Saturday Checkout: 2 November)

  • Space is limited to 25 participants
  • Registration: 11 July 2019
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: 11 August 2019
  • Registration Deadline: 15 September 2019


Learn How to Research at Three of our Nation's Most Prestigious Repositories

Our nation’s capital is the site of three of America’s most prestigious research centers: the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library.

On an NGS research trip to Washington, DC, you can experience…

  • The thrill of holding in your hands your ancestor’s Civil War pension file or manumission papers
  • The excitement at seeing the original plat map of your family’s holdings in the early 19th century
  • The sheer fun of reading in a small-town newspaper published in 1783 about an ancestor’s run in with the law.

Recognized genealogical consultants will introduce and mentor you as you discover the wealth of data at the:

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

You will have ample time to conduct your own personal research at each facility.

National Archives

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.

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.

Library of Congress

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, DC, are Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, Michael Hall, and Susan Yockey.

Research Trip Details

The research trip package price includes:

  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn
  • Six days of research in DC
  • Meet and greet for participants on Sunday evening at the hotel
    Onsite orientation
  • Research consultations with group leaders during the trip
  • Closing Dinner at Holiday Inn Rosslyn

Registration Fees

Member Nonmember
Single Room
Before August 12 $1,800 $2,000
August 12 and after $2,000 $2,200
Double/Shared Room
Before August 12 $1,300 $1,500
August 12 and after $1,500 $1,700
Person with non-researching companion1
Before August 12 $2,075 $2,275
August 12 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 or LOC. 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 [email protected].

  • If your cancellation request is received by 15 September 2019, a $175 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
  • After 15 September 2019, because of contract obligations, refunds are only available if a substitute participant is found (minus the nonrefundable administrative fee).
  • 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, 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

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.

Michael J. Hall is on the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society. He is the deputy chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch where he previously served consecutively as manager of the Family Records Extraction Program, the Digital Book Scanning Program, and Strategic Relations. He is the past chair of the genealogy committee for the American Library Association; past chair of the genealogy and local history section for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions; and former director at large for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Hall has been an instructor at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium; Genealogical Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research; SLIG; and at various NGS conferences. He is a member of many genealogy societies, including NGS, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the New York Biographical and Genealogical Society (NYG&B), and the Association of Portuguese Genealogy.

A United States Marine, Hall holds a BS in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and lives with his wife in Orem, Utah.

Susan Yockey has been a full-time NGS employee since 2010 and a resident of the DC metro area for 27 years. She has done her own personal genealogical research at NARA, Library of Congress, and the DAR Library. She is an NGS Home Study Course graduate and completed the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at IGHR.


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 per night. 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 also does not have the option of three researchers in the same room.