Virtual WDCFHC

CLOSED: At the present time, our FHC is closed until further notice. Please keep checking this website for news and updates.

We have been asked if it is possible to access records that are viewable only at FHCs or affiliate libraries (the records with the key icon). Unfortunately, that is not possible. No one has access to these records outside a FHC.
Special Interest Groups
Our groups cannot meet in person. Please contact SIG leaders to receive an invitation to join a Zoom the meeting at the day and time indicated, or for updates on the group.

African-American: Transition to new format coming soon; meets weekly on Monday mornings at 9:30. Contact Frank Jenkins at frankdj3@hotmail.com.

Beginning Genealogy: Meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:30. Contact Lorraine Minor at ldgene@verizon.net.
NOTE: Because the May conference was cancelled, we were not able to offer
Lorraine Minor’s two hour Beginning Genealogy Class. She is considering offering it via Zoom in August. If you would be interested in attending, please contact her at ldgene@verizon.net

DNA Groups:
Beginning DNA: Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday night at 7:00 [note, this is a change from Wednesdays]. Next meeting: July 21 at 7:00. Contact: Andy Hochreiter at ajhochreiter@comcast.net

Advanced DNA: Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday night at 7:00. Next meeting: July 8 at 7:00. Contact: Jim Bartlett at jim4bartletts@verizon.net.

Eastern European Group: Meetings are the 3rd Saturday at 1:00.
Contact Mary Ann Evan at maryann.evan@gmail.com.

Irish Group: currently suspended

RootsMagic Users Group: Meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Contact Gary Petranek at gpetranek@gmail.com

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Family History Activities and Resources Enhance your Family Time at Home!

Choose one activity a week – Choose one activity a day!

Find a look-alike; facts about your birthday; try traditional recipes; questions for your story; Ancestor Challenge; Roots Tech Classes – https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/family-activities/

In home activities; Who served in WW2? Women of faith in my family? https://www.familysearch.org/discovery/

Share favorite family stories; tell about a family heirloom; schedule an indexing night – https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/family-history/family-history-activities?lang=eng

Charades; ancestor dress-up – https://www.thefhguide.com/act-index.html

Relative Finder;   Tree Sweeper,   Matching games – https://www.fhtl.byu.edu/

Check out YouTube — Search for: “Family History Can Be Fun” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0oTgOaiZvM – 10 Fun FH Activities

TV/movies — Relative Race, Finding Your Roots, Roots ($ Hulu, Amazon Prime) https://www.byutv.org/relativeracehttps://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/

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FHC Closed Indefinitely

Following the recommendations of our government leaders and as a public health precaution, the WDC FHC is closed immediately until further notice. This website will provide updates and notification when we reopen. Please stay safe and be healthy.

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New Resources at WDCFHC for Colonial Maryland Researchers

The Washington DC Family History Center’s already strong collection of books on Colonial Maryland research has been augmented by over 100 books through a generous donation by staff member Vern Skinner.

Books donated include Revolutionary Patriots (all 4 volumes), Quaker Records in Maryland, Early Settlers of Maryland, Directory of Maryland Church Records, Maryland, Genealogies (both volumes), and British Roots of American Families (both volumes). Also included are two books on American wills probated in England.

The majority of the additions are abstracts, primarily from the Prerogative Court of Colonial Maryland, covering the period 1635-1777. By noting pertinent names, dates, locations, etc., from the original documents, abstracts can help family history researchers identify which documents they should study when they do research at that repository. These abstracts series are not available online (and not likely to be in the foreseeable future), and some of the volumes are out of print.

Included are:

  • Abstracts of Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court (42 vols.)
  • Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court (11 vols.)
  • Abstracts of the Balance Books of the Prerogative Court (4 vols.)
  • The Maryland Calendar of Wills (16 vols.)
  • Abstracts of Proprietary Records of the Provincial Court
  • Abstracts of the Chancery Court (1669-1782)
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office (37 vols.)

These additions should be of great value to Colonial Maryland Researchers. Thanks again to Vern for making these available to our Center.

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New! Kodak Slide Scanner

We have a new Kodak slide scanner that will capture an image of your slides in seconds instead of minutes. The quality is very good but not professional. To get optimum quality, you will need to do minor editing using Photoshop Elements. This is a simple three-step process for each slide. Contact Gary Petranek at gpetranek@gmail.com if you are interested in using this equipment.

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