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Genealogy Resources

District of Columbia Genealogy Resources

  • Babbel, June Andrew,  compiler. Lest We Forget: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Nation's Capital. Annandale, Virginia: Annandale, Virginia and Oakton, Virginia Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1976.

  • District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897. Images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child. FamilySearch.

  • District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830-1955 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the District of Columbia – 121,224 records after 27 Apr 2010. FamilySearch.

  • District of Columbia Death and Burials, 1840-1964 – Name index to death and burial records from the District of Columbia. FamilySearch.

  • District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1959 - Name index and images of death records from the District of Columbia. FamilySearch.

  • District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921. Name index to marriage records from the District of Columbia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. FamilySearch.

  • District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 - Digital Images - Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. FamilySearch

  • Pippenger, Wesley. The 1853 Washington and Georgetown Directory. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, 2004.
  • Rogers, Helen Hoban. Freedom & Slavery Documents in the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds Office: Bills of Sale, Certificates of Freedom, Certificates of Slavery, Emancipations, Manumissions, Vol. I, 1792-1806. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2007. This is the first in a planned three-volume set of freedom and slavery documents from the District of Columbia.