17341
Washington D.C.
Genealogy at the National Archives
Come to the place where history is waiting to be discovered — the National Archives! You’ll work with expert genealogists to uncover your family’s personal story.
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Program No. 17341RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Presentation
Washington, DC
D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 PM. Please note that at both the National Archives and the Library of Congress, we will be using Ancestryinstitution.com, Fold3 and familysearch.com as well as archived records. Records are only pulled 5 times per day at 10AM, 11AM, 2PM and 3 PM. You must request documents early as they become available approximately 1 hour after they are requested. Please see the supplemental information at the end of this packet for further information on how best to prepare.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 pm. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The following itinerary represents the scheduled activities during the program. Each instructor will bring her/his own special expertise and focus to the subjects presented. Depending on individual interests, there may be opportunities to continue with independent research rather than attending some optional presentations; discuss with the Group Leader. Transportation for field trips will be via the Washington D.C. Metro public transportation system unless otherwise specified. While every Metro station has an escalator, they may occasionally be out of service, so be prepared to climb 2-3 flights of stairs. Please note as well that you will be using the Metro during rush hour. At rush hour you are not guaranteed a seat, and the trip itself may be prolonged do to volume and delays. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: We will gather with a local expert, who will provide tips on defining your research goals and utilizing Archive resources for the coming days. Remember to pack photo ID for tomorrow’s field trip to the National Archives.

DAY
2
National Archives, Military Records, Individual Research
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Walk about 1 mile throughout the day on long city blocks.Transportation via the DC Metro at rush hour; Metro stations have escalators but they may not always be working. In such an event, be prepared for 2-3 flights of stairs. At rush hour you are not guaranteed a seat, and the trip itself may be prolonged do to volume and delays. Please see the supplemental information at the end of this packet for further information on how best to prepare to make the most of your research time.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will use vouchers to choose from a selection of items in a breakfast buffet, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will walk to the Washington Metro station and ride to the U.S. National Archives in downtown Washington, D.C. After registration at the National Archives where you will obtain your reader card, dive right into your individual genealogical research using the workshop skills we learned the night before. Mid-morning, attend a presentation on National Archives Military Records focusing on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. 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 presentation is optional to attend, you can continue independent research if you prefer.

Lunch: Enjoy a midday break with boxed lunches at the National Archives.

Afternoon: Use the afternoon to continue your independent research at the National Archives. Our Archives expert will be available to assist you.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
National Archives, Civilian Agency Records
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Walk about 1 mile throughout the day on long city blocks.Transportation via the DC Metro at rush hour; Metro stations have escalators but they may not always be working. In such an event, be prepared for 2-3 flights of stairs. At rush hour you are not guaranteed a seat, and the trip itself may be prolonged do to volume and delays.Please see the supplemental information at the end of this packet for further information on how best to prepare to make the most of your research time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: We will return to National Archives to continue our individual research. Reference librarians will be available to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have regarding your genealogical investigations. Our optional lecture this morning, given by a local expert, is on Civilian Agency Records and how to research census, immigration, and passport 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. To assist in 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: Enjoy a midday break with boxed lunches at the National Archives.

Afternoon: Use the afternoon to continue your independent research at the National Archives. Our Archives expert will be available to assist you. Be sure to wrap up use of any materials you need at the Archives today as we will be using the records at the Library of Congress tomorrow.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: At Leisure.

DAY
4
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Walk about 1 mile throughout the day on long city blocks.Transportation via the DC Metro at rush hour; Metro stations have escalators but they may not always be working. In such an event, be prepared for 2-3 flights of stairs. At rush hour you are not guaranteed a seat, and the trip itself may be prolonged do to volume and delays. Please see the supplemental information at the end of this packet for further information on how best to prepare to make the most of your research time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Ride the Metro to the Library of Congress and begin a quick registration and orientation process, after which you will need to provide a photo ID and provide a digital signature in order to receive your access card. After Registration and Orientation at the Library of Congress, we will attend a presentation led by Library staff 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 at the Madison Cafe located in the Library of Congress.

Afternoon: Continue your research at the Library of Congress. Reference librarians will be on hand to assist you.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for depature in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Wrap Up/ Departures
Washington, DC
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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