Jun 14, 2023

The National Genealogical Society Publishes Research in the District of Columbia

The following is a press release written by the National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 14 June 2023—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has published Research in the District of Columbia by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG Retired (2021), FUGA, and Richard G. Sayre, CG®, CGL, FUGA. The 

guidebook is the latest addition to the Society’s Research in the States series, which now covers research in thirty-one states, the District of Columbia, and the tribal records of Oklahoma’s American Indians.

Research in the District of Columbia offers a detailed overview of the many repositories and records for family historians researching ancestors who may have lived in the District of Columbia (DC) as well as anyone for whom a federal record may exist such as

someone who served in the military,

an employee of the federal government,

a prisoner of war,

someone convicted in federal court, or

immigrants who applied for citizenship.

Given the scope of records housed in DC, the authors warn, “Genealogical research in the District is more confusing and difficult than almost any other locality in the United States.” This book is, therefore, a welcomed guide for new and seasoned genealogists.

The authors provide concise descriptions of the collections housed in the District’s libraries and archives. The information includes atlases, gazetteers, and maps; business records, cemetery records and surveys, and federal and police censuses; records from DC committees; and directories. Additional archival records discussed in the book are institutional records such as hospitals, orphanages, and prisons; court, land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; and religious, schools, and vital records

Research in the District of Columbia also discusses records of ethnic groups including African Americans, Asian, German, Irish, Jews, and Native Americans.

Research in the States series is edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG®, FNGS, FVGSIts newest book, Research in the District of Columbia, is available for purchase in the NGS online store exclusively in a print version.