Wash D.C. Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Washington, D.C.

Explore research in Washington, D.C.


QUIKLinks:  FamilySearch   Ancestry   Findmypast   MyHeritage   LDS

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Goal 1: Learn about Washington, D.C. research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Washington, D.C. ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic Washington, D.C. research.
    FS—Basic D.C. Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Washington, D.C. research on Ancestry.
    AC—D.C. Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Washington, D.C. research.
    AC—District of Columbia Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Study the Washington, D.C. Online Records page to decide on records to search.
    FS—D.C. Online Records
  5. For African American research, study the District of Columbia page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for the District of Columbia


Goal 2: Learn about Washington, D.C. archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: D.C. Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore the Dig DC site for family history information.
  3. Explore the Books We Own site for Washington, D.C. genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.

B. Learn about Washington, D.C. city directories.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: D.C. Directories
  2. Explore Washington, D.C. city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Washington, D.C. city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Washington, D.C. vital and census records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. vital records.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. vital records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: D.C. Vital Records
  2. Search for online Washington, D.C. vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.

B. Explore Washington, D.C. marriage and death records.

  1. Explore links for Washington, D.C. marriage records.
  2. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. marrriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Washington, D.C. obituaries.
  4. Explore Washington, D.C. death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  5. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Washington, D.C. census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Washington, D.C. censuses in this article.
    FS—Washington, D.C. Census
  2. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Washington, D.C. census records.
  3. Explore Washington, D.C. census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  4. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. census records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 4: Learn about Washington, D.C. church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. church records.

  1. Get an overview of Washington, D.C. church records in this article.
    FS—Washington, D.C. Church Records
  2. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Washington, D.C. cemetery records.

  1. Explore Washington, D.C. cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Washington, D.C. Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Washington, D.C. cemetery records.
  3. Search for Washington, D.C. cemetery records online.
  4. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  7. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 5: Learn about Washington, D.C. emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Washington, D.C. migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Washington, D.C. military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. military records.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Military Records
  2. Explore Washington, D.C. military resources on Cyndi's List.
  3. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. military records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 7: Learn about Washington, D.C. probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. probate, land and court records.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. probate records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Probate Records
  2. Learn about Washington, D.C. probate records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Washington, D.C. Land and property Records

B. Learn about Washington, D.C. court records.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Washington, D.C. maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Maps
  2. Learn about Washington, D.C. gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Gazetteers

B. Explore Washington, D.C. maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Washington, D.C. maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Washington, D.C..
  3. Explore historical Washington, D.C. maps on the Historic Map Works site.


Goal 9: Learn about Washington, D.C. newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington, D.C. newspapers.

  1. Learn about Washington, D.C. newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Newspapers

B. Explore Washington, D.C. newspapers.

  1. Search for Washington, D.C. historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Washington, D.C. newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Washington, D.C. newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Washington, D.C. newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore additional links for Washington, D.C. newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Washington, D.C. research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  3. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Washington, D.C.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Washington, D.C. County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Washington, D.C..

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Washington, D.C. Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Washington, D.C. research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Washington, D.C. Genealogy page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Washington, D.C. research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Washington, D.C. research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Washington, D.C. research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Washington, D.C. research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Washington, D.C. research.

C. Learn about Washington, D.C. genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Washington, D.C. in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Societies
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Washington, D.C. in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington, D.C. Societies
  3. Explore Washington, D.C. genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.