Saturday Class: Making the Best of Your Photos

April 28, 9:30-10:30
Photography for Genealogy
Presenter: Gary Petranek
This  presentation will focus on using photography in conjunction with your genealogy research.  Topics covered will include photo quality,  photo apps for phones and tablets, and tips on taking good tombstone photos.  We will discuss how to upload photos to FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Family Tree.  We will take a look at tips for photo organization on a computer and how to share digital files with family members and other researchers.   

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

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Annual Conference – May 5

The Washington DC Family History Center will sponsor its 12th annual Family History Conference on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895.

This conference is free of charge with classes from beginning to advanced genealogy.  In response to requests for education on DNA and its impact on genealogy research, we are offering several classes in Beginning and Advanced DNA methodology.

The The keynote speaker will be James Tanner who will address the topic, Technology and Genealogy: A Perfect Match. 

Seating is limited and registration is required. For class descriptions and registration information, see

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March 24 Saturday Class

The March issue of Generations newsletter had an error in the date of the Saturday class. The following class will be held on March 24 at 9:30 a.m. (not March 17 as the newsletter indicated):

March 24, 9:30-10:30
Using US Records to Find Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Original Surname and Birth Village
Presenter: Carol Petranek
It’s impossible to research successfully in “the old country” if you do not know your original ancestral surname and village of origin. This class will focus on which U.S. records will help you find this critical information.
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RootsTech – Sessions Broadcast Free

RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott Hamilton; Brandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.

The broadcast schedule can be found here.

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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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