Summer Closure

The FHC will be closed from August 22 and will reopen on September 7.

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New Equipment

Our Family History Center has some new equipment to assist you with preserving your family documents and photos.

Photo Scanner
The new scanner is easier to use and has more options.

Slide and Negative Scanner
This scanner displays your digital images on a monitor which makes it easier to adjust tint and print quality before you scan slides and negatives.

Book Scanner
Bring in journals, diaries or books you would like to digitize. The book scanner will remove the fold in the center of the book and flatten the pages. You can save the book as a searchable pdf, Word document or Excel spreadsheet.


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FHC Hours Beginning July

Beginning in July, hours will be:
Wednesday 10:00 to 1:00
Thursday 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday 10:00 to 3:30

Appointments are NOT needed. However, masks are required.

We look forward to seeing you!

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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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