District of Columbia Research Tips and Strategies

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District of Columbia Research Strategies

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in District of Columbia.


District of Columbia Research Tips

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in District of Columbia.

  • The Wiki pages for Maryland and Virginia will help if you have ancestors who lived in the area prior to 1800.

District of Columbia Record Finder

This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

1. If You Need  2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries Military Records, Taxation
Birth date Birth and Death Records, Church Records, Bible Records Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census
Birthplace Birth and Death Records, Church Records, Census Newspapers, Obituaries
City or parish of foreign birth Marriage and Death Records, Church Records, Naturalization and Citizenship Obituaries, Emigration and Immigration
Country of foreign birth Census, Death Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
Death Death Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records,
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Newspapers, Biography
Maiden name Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Bible Records
Marriage Marriage Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property, Bible Records
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Vital Records, Church Records, Probate Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogies, Bible Records

To look for more information on District of Columbia records, go here.