District of Columbia Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research for the District of Columbia.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Pennsylvania Avenue at 8th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20408
The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. Learn more.
Historical Society'of'the District of Columbia Circuit
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2866
District of Columbia Public Library
Information and Reference
901 "G" Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-4599
Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives
800 Florida Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Library of Congress
General Reference and Bibliography Division
101 Independence Avenue at First Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20504
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
Toll free: 1-800-235-4045
Guides to specific research collections are:
- Benton, Mildred, ed. Library and Reference Facilities in the Area of the District of Columbia. 12th edition. American Society for Information Science, 1986. (FHL book 975.3 J5j.)
- Provine, Dorothy S. Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia. Record Group 351. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1976. (FHL book 975.3 A1 No. 8.)
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Washington DC Family History Center
- Washington, District of Columbia
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from the District of Columbia in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
Cyndi's List - United States - Washington, D.C.
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.
The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.