District of Columbia Archives and Libraries

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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
Telephone: 202-501-5415
Fax: 301-713-6740
The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. Learn more.

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: 410-260-6400
Toll free: 1-800-235-4045


Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20504
Telephone: 202-707-5000
Learn more.

District of Columbia Public Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 "G" Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-4599
Telephone: 202-727-0321
The library's Special Collections include Washingtoniana, The Peabody Room (Georgetown historical resources), and the Black Studies Center.

Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 4714
Washington, DC 20001-2866
Telephone: 202-216-7346

Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives
800 Florida Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: 202-250-2604
TTY 202-651-5209
Fax: 202-651-5213
Library collections include records, manuscripts, photographs, biographies, and other genealogical resources.

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2584

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than three billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. Collections include digitized historical records, microfilms and microfiche, books, maps, and much more. Explore at FamilySearch.org.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. These local centers are staffed by volunteers and have varying hours and resources so call to verify their hours in advance.

Washington DC Family History Center
10000 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland
Telephone: 301-587-0042

Repository Guides

  • 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 {{WorldCat

1388684|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat).}}

District of Columbia Digital Collections

link=http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/District of Columbia_Online_Genealogy_Records District of Columbia
Online Records
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Web Sites

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. Much 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:

FamilySearch - At this site you can access digitized historical records, the Family History Library Catalog, lists of Family History Centers, and other resources related to family history.

DCGenWeb - 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

CyndisList - a major portal linking to a variety of family history sites

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