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Genealogy at the National Archives

Program Number: 17341RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/20/2013 - 2/24/2013; 5/26/2015 - 5/30/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/3/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $944.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Our National Archives holds the most important documents of American history, from the Declaration of Independence to the records of the lives of millions of American citizens. Discover the Archive’s vast collection of resources through presentations on Immigration and Naturalization records, deaths in the Civil War, Census and more. Dig deeper into your Genealogical past at the Library of Congress, and explore their collection of 60,000 published genealogies, and more than 100,000 local U.S histories, manuscripts, microfilms, newspapers, photographs, and maps.




Highlights

• Work with expert genealogists to research your family through records at the National Archives & Library of Congress.
• Discover the architectural highlights of the Jefferson Building, and explore the National Archives Exhibit Hall.
• Focus your research through presentations offered by Archives' Staff, and get tips on finding the best materials to aid in your genealogical studies.



Activity Particulars

Daily use of public transportation and walking up to five blocks a day.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Hotel in close proximity to the Washington Metro, and within walking distance from DC's iconic sites including the White House and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hyatt Washington
  Washington, DC 4 nights
 Grand Hyatt Washington
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null
  Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)
  Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom:
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 - 5:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington that night.
  End of Program:
12 PM from the hotel. You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. You need a Government-Issued Identification, such as a Driver’s License or a Passport, in order to gain admittance to the National Archives.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking is $40 per nigh with in/out prvivleges, and Self-Parking s $32 per night with NO in/out prvivleges. Both options are based upon availibilty. Additional parking garages are available in the immediate area.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

By Washington Metro

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

> $10
Prices are subject to change.

   

Take the Blue, Orange or Red lines to the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 

From Union Station

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Distance:

 

1.6 miles

   

Union Station is the principle hub for Amtrak and Greyhound Services. Participants can transfer to the hotel from Union Station via TAXI or WASHINGTON METRO. From the Union Station Metro stop embark the Red Line towards the Shady Grove station, getting off at the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 

From the Reagan International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington Metro
phone: 202-637-7000

   

Take the Blue Line Metro (cost: $1.60) from the National Airport station towards Largo Town Center station, and get off at the Metro Center station. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance. There are also numerous Taxi services from the airport to the Grand Hyatt for approximately $20.

 
Driving Directions
  From Reagan National Airport to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take George Washington Memorial Parkway North. Merge onto US-1 N toward Washington. Stay straight to go onto 14th Street NW, then turn right onto New York Ave NW. Turn slight right onto H Street NW; The Grand Hyatt is on the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
  From the north to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-South to Exit 22 B (Baltimore-Washington Pkwy South); Follow onto New York Avenue for six miles. Turn left onto 5th Street NW and follow for three and a half blocks. Turn right onto H Street NW and follow for five blocks. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 10th and H Streets NW.
  From the south to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-N to 395 North. Continue over the 14th Street Bridge, then merge into the right lane. Take the exit for 12th Street, continue though the tunnel for eight blocks. Turn Right onto H Street and follow for one block. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival - Orientation - NARA presentaiton
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals & Registration-3-5:00pm. Hotel Check In at the Front Desk located in the lobby, then head down to the LATROBE ROOM located on the 3B Constitution Level for registration with your Road Scholar Group Leader and pick up your welcome packet.
 Afternoon: 5:30-6:00PM: Orientation with your Group Leader in Latrobe room on the 3B Constitution Level.
 Dinner: 6-7:30PM: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: 7:30-9:00PM "Introduction to Genealogical Research at the National Archives and Library of Congress with Genealogist Susannah Brooks- Latrobe room on the 3B Constitution Level. Please note that not every presentation at the National Archives during this program will be relevant to your research. As such, these presentations are OPTIONAL. Thus, the goal of tonight's presentation is to orient you to the Archive's vast resources, and steer you to lectures applicable to your specfic research. To make the most of your time while at the Archives, please review the information included at the end this Information Packet entitled "Civilian Records at the National Archives" & "Records at the Library of Congress"
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: National Archives Registration and Orientation/ Presentations on Researching Civilian Records/Free time for Individual Research
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Leave the hotel and take the Washington Metro to the U.S. National Archives in downtown Washington, D.C. After registration and an introduction to the rules and regulations at the National Archives, dive right into your genealogical research or participate in one of several presentations offered on archival holdings and focus your research. This morning's presentation is on IMMIGRATION RESEARCH. The national archives has immigration records, also known as "ship passenger arrival records" for arrivals to the U.S between 1820 and 1982. These records can provide you with information such as nationality, place of birth, ship name and date of entry to the U.S, profession, physical features, and contacts of relatives they are joining in the U.S.
 Lunch: Lunch at the National Archives.
 Afternoon: This afternoon delve into individual research or go to one, two, or both presentations (depending on your area of focus) on research using census data and Freeman's Savings and Trust records. CENSUS RECORDS can provide the building blocks of your research. Taken every 10 years, the National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940. Depending on the census year, these records can provide information on names of family members, ages at a certain point in time, place of birth, parent's birthplaces, marriage status, or the crops that they grew. THE FREEMAN'S SAVINGS AND TRUST COMPANY RECORDS, also known as the Freedman's Bank, offers a very useful resource for African-American genealogical research dating back to the Civil War. These records can contain names, ages, places of birth, family members, residences, and occupations.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant this evening.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: At the National Archives:Presentations on Researching Military Records/Escorted Visit to Exhibit Hall/Free Time for Individual Research
(Friday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Return to National Archives for individual research or enjoy presentations on National Archives Military Records. Commonly requested military records, such as Compiled Military Service Records and Pension applications, offer narratives of events during service, marriage, birth, and death records, as well as ancestor's rank, unit, and medical information. This morning's two presentations will be on researching military records from the REVOLUTIONARY WAR and the WAR OF 1812.
 Lunch: Lunch at the National Archives
 Afternoon: This afternoon participate in the second two military records presentations, on Civil War UNION SERVICE RECORDS and CONFEDERATE SERVICE RECORDS respectively, continue with individual research, or enjoy an escorted visit to the Exhibit Hall at the National Archives.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Continuing Research: Library of Congress
(Saturday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: After Registration and Orientation at the Library of Congress, continue your genealogical research or take part in presentations on the Library's collections, including 60,000 published genealogies, and more than 100,000 local U.S histories, manuscripts, microfilms, newspapers, photographs, and maps.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Continued presentations on the Library of Congress' holdings or individual research.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Free Time in Washington DC/Group Leader led excursion/Departures
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy free time in Washington DC or go on an option Group Leader led excursion.
 Afternoon: Program Departures
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit www.corcoran.org
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit www.fordstheatre.org
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit www.mountvernon.org
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit nps.gov/nama
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit www.si.edu/
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit www.washington.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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