WDCFHC Days & Hours Change for May & June

Due to the need for additional parking for the Washington Temple open house, we will temporarily change our days and hours of operation. We will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:45-3:45.

You must arrive prior to 1:00 pm and you must have an appointment.

A parking permit is required, and one will be emailed to you prior to your visit.

For the protection of our staff and patrons, please note:

1. Only persons with  an appointment may use the Center.

2. There will be a limit of 8 patrons at a time.

3. Masks will be mandatory while inside the center.

To schedule an appointment, call the center at 301-587-0042 during our open hours of 10-1 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting this coming Wednesday, September 1st.  Note that the Center will be closed on Saturday, September 4 for Labor Day weekend.

Unvaccinated patrons may schedule a virtual (Zoom) one-on-one consulting session by leaving a message to that effect at the Center.  A consultant will call you back within 48 hours to schedule your appointment.

When driving to the FHC, please note: Beach Drive in Kensington, between Kensington Parkway and Old Spring Road, will be closed from Aug. 30, 2021 through early June 2022 as the two-lane bridge carrying Beach Drive over Silver Creek will be replaced. Traffic will be detoured through MD 185 to MD 192 to Stoneybrook Drive and Beach Drive.

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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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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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