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This set of Wiki pages describes major sources of information about families from the District of Columbia. As you read these pages, study the [[United States]] set of Wiki pages, which will help you understand terminology and the contents and uses of genealogical records. The Wiki pages for [[Maryland]] and [[Virginia]] will help if you have ancestors who lived in the area prior to 1800.
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[[Category:Research Tips and Strategies]]
  
=== Records of the Family History Library ===
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=== District of Columbia Research Strategies ===
  
The [[Family History Library]] has some of the records described in these Wiki pages. The library's major holdings include federal censuses, deeds, city directories, and newspapers. Some church, cemetery, and tax records are also available at the library. Several collections of records have been purchased from the [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]].  
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*Sharon Hodges." Resources for Locating District of Columbia Ancestors." NGS Magazine 41 # 2 (April-June 2015): 18-23. FHL 973 D25ngs
  
Some of the sources described in these Wiki pages list the Family History Library's book, microfilm, and microfiche numbers. These are preceded by FHL, the abbreviation for Family History Library. You can use these numbers to locate materials in the library and to order microfilm and microfiche at [[Finding a Family History Center|Family History Centers]].
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Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in the District of Columbia.
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records|Birth Information]]
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Marriage Records|Marriage Information]]
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records|Death Information]]
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*[[Step-by-Step District of Columbia Research, 1880-Present]]
  
=== Family History Library Catalog ===
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=== District of Columbia Research Tips ===
  
The library's records are listed in the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] found at the library and at each Family History Center. To find a record, look in the Place Search of the catalog for:
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These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in District of Columbia.
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*The Wiki pages for [[Maryland, United States Genealogy|Maryland]] and [[Virginia, United States Genealogy|Virginia]] will help if you have ancestors who lived in the area prior to 1800.
  
*The&nbsp;''locality'' where your ancestor lived, such as:
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[[Category:Research Tips and Strategies]]
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=== District of Columbia Record Finder  ===
  
:'''''UNITED STATES''''' — CENSUS
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This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. '''For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see [[District of Columbia Record Finder]].'''
:'''''DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA''''' — TAXATION
 
:'''''DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON''''' — CEMETERIES<br><br>
 
  
*The ''record type'' you want to search, such as:
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| style="padding:10px"|'''3. Other useful records'''
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Birth information
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records|Birth records]]
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records|Death records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[District of Columbia Bible Records|Bible records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Military Records|Military records]]
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| style="padding:10px"|Marriage information
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Marriage Records|Marriage records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Bible Records|Bible records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Probate Records|Probate records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Military Records|Military records]]
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| style="padding:10px"|Death information
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records|Death Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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| style="padding:10px"|Parents
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records|Birth records]]
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records|Death records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Census|Census]]
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Biography|Biography]]
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*[[District of Columbia, United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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Maiden name
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Marriage Records|Marriage Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Probate Records|Probate records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Military Records|Military Records]]
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Immigration date
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*[[District of Columbia Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[District of Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[District of Columbia Census|Census]]
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*[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[District of Columbia Biography|Biography]]
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*[[District of Columbia History|History]]
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Naturalization
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*[[District of Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[District of Columbia Census|Census]]
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*[[District of Columbia Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Biography|Biography]]
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*[[District of Columbia Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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Physical description
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*[[District of Columbia Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[District of Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906) (after 1906)
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*[[District of Columbia Biography|Biography]]
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*[[District of Columbia History|History]]
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:UNITED STATES — '''''CENSUS'''''  
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=== Further District of Columbia Research  ===
:DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — '''''TAXATION'''''  
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*'''Remember, for a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see [[District of Columbia Record Finder]].'''
:DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON — '''''CEMETERIES'''''<br><br>
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*For online record collections, go to [[District of Columbia Online Genealogy Records|'''District of Columbia Online Genealogy Records.''']]
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*For more research on District of Columbia, including research at the county level, visit the [[District of Columbia, United States Genealogy|'''District of Columbia''']] page on the Research Wiki.
  
The section headings in this outline match the names of record types used in the library catalog.
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[[Category:Washington, D.C., United States|Introduction]]
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[[Category:Research Tips and Strategies]]

Latest revision as of 01:54, 26 September 2020

District of Columbia Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
District of Columbia Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources

Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The District of Columbia Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for the District of Columbia. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



District of Columbia Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

  • Sharon Hodges." Resources for Locating District of Columbia Ancestors." NGS Magazine 41 # 2 (April-June 2015): 18-23. FHL 973 D25ngs

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in the District of Columbia.

District of Columbia Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in District of Columbia.

  • The Wiki pages for Maryland and Virginia will help if you have ancestors who lived in the area prior to 1800.

District of Columbia Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see District of Columbia Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

Further District of Columbia Research[edit | edit source]