Holiday Closing

The WDCFHC will be closed for holiday break beginning Monday, December 17 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2.

We wish our patrons and friends a joyous holiday season.

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New Resources

We are pleased to announce that the following new resources are now available to support patrons’ research and education. These are free of charge to use at our FHC:

Education:

We have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars which has over 820 presentations from which you can select a wide variety of topics for viewing. There are two new webinars added every week. You can search by presenter’s name, topic, or date. We have headsets available, or you can bring your earbuds.

Newspaper databases: The following two websites provide thousands of birth, marriage and death announcements, news articles and obituaries.

  • Newspapers.com, the largest online newspaper archive with over 11,000 newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • GenealogyBank.com, a collection of over 9,000 newspapers with more than 250 million obituaries.

 

All of these resources are available at every computer. Please ask a staff member for assistance in accessing these tools.

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Upcoming Classes

The following classes will be held at the Washington, DC Family History Center:

 January 19

“The Problem with Porters: Men of the Same Name”
presenter: Rebecca Koford
This lecture reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location. Several case studies show how these methods were effective.

All classes are free of charge. No registration is required.

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New! DNA Group

We are pleased to announce that our FHC will now host two DNA Special Interest Groups: Beginning and Advanced.
The new Beginning DNA Group will be led by Andy Hochreiter, who presented classes at our annual conference this past May. This group will meet twice a month at two locations, but the class content will be the same for each:
1) At the WDCFHC on the 1st Wednesday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. The first class at the WDCFHC will be on October 3.
2) At the Columbia MD Family History Center on the 3rd Wednesday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. The first class at the Columbia FHC will be September 19.
Our ongoing DNA group, led by Jim Bartlett, will now be designated as the Advanced DNA Group. Those meetings will continue, as in the past, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the WDCFHC.
Interested persons are invited to attend either or both groups. To be put on the groups’ mailing lists and for further information, contact:
          Andy Hochreiter at ajhochreiter@comcast.net
          Jim Bartlett at jim4bartletts@verizon.net
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Update on Microfilm Collection

An inventory of the microfilm and microfiche at our WDCFHC has been completed. To access the updated list of our collection, please use these links to access the files, and then download them to your computer:
Microfilms & fiche sorted by location; click here.
Microfilms & fiche sorted by film number, click here.
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