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Fieldtrip to the DAR Library
Tuesday, March 7
Fieldtrip to the DAR Library
10:00 am
DAR Headquarters - 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC.
The DAR Library is one of the nation’s premier genealogical research centers with a wide variety of historical manuscripts and publications as well as on-site databases. In addition to nearly 40,000 family histories, the library’s collections cover a broad range of topics including works supporting Jewish, African American, Native American, Huguenot, and women’s history research. A particularly valuable resource is the database containing supporting documentation for over 300,000 DAR applications, accessible in the Seimes Technology Center. Also maintained in the Seimes Center are collections of federal and state Revolutionary War records as well as some state land and court records.
 
DAR staff will conduct an orientation to the Library collections as well as an overview of how to access materials in the Seimes Technology Center. Following the presentation you will be free to conduct research with assistance from Library staff. More information about Library collections, conducting research at the Library as well as access to the Library catalog can be found at www.dar.org/library.
 
There is some limited, metered on-street parking near the Library. West Farragut is the closest Metro stop, seven blocks from the Library.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Limit: 20.



Fieldtrip to the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex
Saturday, April 22
Fieldtrip to the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes St., Alexandria, VA 22314
The Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria encompasses 13 historic cemeteries, several of which were founded over 200 years ago. Among the cemeteries in the complex are Alexandria National Cemetery which pre-dates Arlington National Cemetery and is the resting place of over 3000 Union soldiers; Black Baptist Cemetery and Douglass Memorial Cemetery, both African American cemeteries founded in the 19th century; and Penny Hill Cemetery, a burial ground for indigents established in 1795 by the Alexandria Council. Additional information about all the cemeteries in the complex can be found at: www.alexandriava.gov/historic/info/default.aspx?id=51968#WilkesStreetCemeteryComplex
 
Members of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc. will conduct the tour of several of the cemeteries while talking about the history and the significance of the markers.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is not allowed on Wilkes Street in the cemetery area, but you may park on cross streets. We will meet at the flag poles inside Alexandria National Cemetery. Limit: 25.
 



Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wednesday, May 3
Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
10:00 am
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024
We are fortunate to have Diane Afoumado, Ph.D., Chief, Research and Reference Branch at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), scheduled to speak about the International Tracing Service at our March Membership Meeting. The USHMM is the only repository in the United States to hold a copy of the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive, a complex collection of almost 200 million digital images of documentation on millions of victims of Nazism including people arrested, deported, killed and displaced. As a follow-on to Dr. Afoumado’s March presentation, staff at the USHMM will give FxGS members an on-site overview of both the ITS as well as additional resources and collections of potential interest to genealogical researchers. Visiting both the 2nd floor Resource Center Public Space as well as the 5th floor Library and Archives, we will learn about the numerous online databases and sources available for research in the Resource Center as well as the Museum's library collection and archives material on microfilm and paper.
 
Additional information about the International Tracing Service and the USHMM Library and Archives can be found at www.ushmm.org.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Limit: 20.