Thursday, January 7, 2010

DC Genealogy Research Trip Planned for October 2010

[Note: Important change in transportation below.]

After two years in a row of research trips to the Salt Lake City Family History Library, the Society is now planning a different research trip - to the several wonderful genealogical repositories located in Washington, DC.  Proposed for the week of Sunday October 17 through Friday October 22, 2010, the trip would provide opportunities for research at:
  1. The Library of Congress - best collection in the world of American city directories, among  many other items such as surname genealogies
  2. Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR) - excellent collection of surname genealogies and resources on different USA regions, as well as "period rooms" furnished like homes in different era's of American history,located in the DAR Museum within the Library
  3. National Archives--central collection of census, military pension applications, immigration records, passenger lists, and much more (this collection is the central one; regional Archives repositories such as the one in Waltham, Mass. have some but not all of the same collections).
Participants will spend one day of research at each of these outstanding resources, with an additional day, plus evenings, to also enjoy the many fascinating visitor sites in Washington. Among those options would be the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, National Art Gallery, the Newseum, Gallaudet University for the Deaf where Dave Martin previously worked, and considerably more--participants may elect choices from a list, and go in either groups or individually to these sites, traveling mostly by the outstanding subway system in Washington that is known as the Metro System (clean, fast, and efficient).

Transportation will be by Southwest Airlines from Providence to Baltimore, with a van into DC; departure will be the morning of Sunday October 17, with a return to Providence airport in early afternoon on Friday October 22.  Total transportation costs, including the van, will be approximately $350.

The hotel will be the State Plaza, on East St. Northwest, in DC (, an all-suites hotel with kitchens; a restaurant is in the hotel. Hotel rate is $175 per night for a single room or half that if sharing a room.  Meals will be a separate cost.

The tour will be led by Dave Martin, who lived and worked in Washington for 21 years and did much of his original genealogical research there in earlier years.

A deposit of $100 by March 15 is needed in order to hold a place, and the deposit will be refundable until August 15. Checks would be made out to CCGS, and sent to Dave at 10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, Mass. 02648.  Participation will be limited to 15 members.  For questions, contact him at 508-527-0460 or at