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
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DAY
1
Arrival/ Orientation/ Evening Presentation
Washington, DC
D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar Private Meeting Room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. 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 schedule follows is representative. 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 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. 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: Dinner at the hotel

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.

DAY
2
National Archives Registration and Orientation/ Free time for Individual Research/Afternoon presentation Military Records
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Participants will be taking the Metro. While every Metro stop has an escalator, occasionally they are out of service. In such an event, please be prepared to climb 2-3 flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

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, dive right into your individual genealogical research using the workshop skills we learned the night before.

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

Afternoon: Next, we will 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.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
At the National Archives: Individual research/Afternoon presentation on Civilian Agency Records
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Grand Hyatt Washington

Activity note: Participants will be taking the Metro. While every Metro stop has an escalator, occasionally they are out of service. In such an event, please be prepared to climb 2-3 flights of stairs.

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.

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

Afternoon: Our lecture this afternoon, 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.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: Participate in an optional Group Leader led excursion

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

Activity note: Participants will be taking the Metro. While every Metro stop has an escalator, occasionally they are out of service. In such an event, please be prepared to climb 2-3 flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After Registration and Orientation at the Library of Congress, we will attend a presentation 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: Continued presentations on the Library of Congress' holdings or individual research.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. 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 Noon.

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!