Meetings of the NCAC-APG are held on the third Saturday of January, April, July, and October at 2 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Access to webinars will be e-mailed to members of the DC Chapter before the meeting.

July 15, 2017 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

“Merging DNA results with Traditional Genealogy Research: Tips for Professional Genealogists

Shannon Combs Bennett
Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award winning author, lecturer and researcher based out of Northern Virginia. She earned her BS in Biology from Indiana University and is currently pursuing an MSc in Genealogic, Heraldic and Paleographic studies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. In the field of genealogy, Shannon has completed the Boston University online genealogical certificate program, ProGen, and the required 40 courses through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies earning her PLCGS in American Records. You may recognize her name if you are a subscriber to Legacy Family Tree Webinars or if you read Family Tree Magazine as she is a contributor to both organizations. Shannon is active in several genealogical societies, lineage organizations and she currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
April 15, 2017 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Educational Opportunities for Professional Genealogists

Angela Packer McGhie, CG
With the new APG requirement on continuing education we will discuss the various educational options available and the benefits of each. Members are encouraged to come and participate in the discussion by asking questions and sharing their experiences in studying genealogy, writing and business skills.
January 28, 2017 by Webinar ONLY

Why We Don’t Write & How We Can

Harold Henderson
We have to write in order to prove, preserve, and propagate what we've learned. One way to do this without tears is - don't try to make it perfect the first time!
Here is the program
October 15, 2016 by Webinar ONLY

Writing: An Hour with a Writer and a Publisher

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA
Spend an hour discussing being an author, whether it be an article, a book or a life long database project. Bring your questions and we will see what answers can be found. Moderated by Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA, a person with 17 published books and twice that many in the works, who somehow has finally gotten around to writing articles. A person who currently has a publishing machine with 5,330 books, 2,300 ebooks, 750 CDs and a bunch of maps.
Here is the agenda
The treasurer's report can be found in the Members Only section. It will not be presented in the meeting.
July 16, 2016 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Inventing America – Records of the U.S. Patent Office

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL,
Americans have always been tinkerers and inventors. Records of the U.S. Patent Office can enrich any family’s history. Where can those records be found today, and what can they tell us about our families?
Here is the agenda
The treasurer's report can be found in the Members Only section. It will not be presented in the meeting.
April 16, 2016 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Caring For Your Family Treasures

Vicki Lee, Maryland State Archives
Here is the agenda
January 16, 2016 by Webinar only

Cluster Research

Robyn Smith
October 17, 2015 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

News from the Editorial Trenches: Observations and Tips from a Genealogy Writer and Editor

Jay Fonkert
Here is the agenda
July 18, 2015 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Estate and Probate Records: What's In Those Files?

Carol Kostakos Petranek, Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center
Here is the program and speaker information.
Here is the agenda
April 25, 2015 by Webinar and in person in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Where I've Been and What I've Learned.

Vicki Lee, Maryland State Archives -
Here is the agenda and speaker information.
January 17, 2015 by Webinar

Documenting the Provenance of Items - A Case Study of a Death Portrait

Laine Gilmore
Here is the agenda.
October 18, 2014 Meeting in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives and by Webinar

The Baltimore City Archives: Its History and Holdings

Malissa Ruffner
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda.
July 19, 2014 Meeting in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Why Family History Information Standards Should Matter to Professional Genealogists

Drew Smith, MLS
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda.
April 19, 2014 Meeting in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives
Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies, will discuss how this can be applied to genealogy.
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda.
January 25, 2014 Meeting - on-line Webinar - no physical meeting
Syllabus is available in the members area - choose Webinar instructions and notes.
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda
October 19, 2013 Meeting in room G25 on the first floor of the National Archives

Slavery and the War of 1812

Maya Davis
Here is the agenda
July 13, 2013 Meeting (note date) in the conference room on the first floor of the National Archives

Researching Your French and Indian War Ancestor

Craig R. Scott, CG
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda
April 20, 2013 Meeting in the conference room on the first floor of the National Archives
"The DAR Library and Resources" with Stacie Newton, MLIS
Here is the program flyer.
Here is the agenda.
January 26, 2013 Meeting will be an on-line webinar and NOT meeting at the National Archives (Note: this is NOT the third Saturday)
To register contact Darcie Hind Posz at .

Leveraging the Biological Record: DNA as a Source in Professional Genealogy

Genealogists are obsessed with the paper trail -- we love our vital records, census records, military records, land records and more. However, nature has also given us a biological record -- our DNA! Just like the paper trail, there are several types of DNA "records" and each provides its own selection of information about us and our ancestry.

In this presentation, you will learn about:

  • The 3 core types of DNA tests available for genealogy
  • What each type of test can (and can't!) tell us about our ancestry
  • How the results are displayed for each test, and a brief overview of how to read them
  • Ways to incorporate DNA testing into your professional genealogy projects
  • Popular testing companies and comparison of each company's products
  • Resources for further education about Genetic Genealogy

Elise Friedman is a professional genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and technology. She has given lectures and workshops at a variety of venues, from local genealogy and community meetings to international Jewish genealogy conferences. She has researched her own family history for more than 10 years, and has roots in Belarus, Poland, Russia and the former Galicia region of Ukraine.

Ms. Friedman is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, where she works as a consultant for Family Tree DNA, volunteers as JewishGen’s DNA Projects Coordinator, serves as volunteer administrator for several DNA projects, and co-authored a genetic genealogy case study that was published in the AVOTAYNU and FORUM genealogy journals.

Ms. Friedman is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Genetic Genealogy and Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a former Information Technology professional.

October 20, 2012 Meeting in the conference room on the first floor of the National Archives

Headstone Records for U.S. Military Veterans, 1879-2012

Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, NARA archivist and chapter member
Significant federal involvement in permanent recognition of the final resting place of deceased U.S. military personnel began with the establishment of the first national military cemeteries in 1862. This lecture focuses on records of headstones provided for U.S. military veterans buried in nonfederal cemeteries, 1879 and later; NARA has records for 1879–1985.
July 21, 2012 Meeting in the library meeting room at the National Archives

Preparing To Submit A Portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Panel discussion with
  • Nicki Peak Birch, CG, Executive director of BCG
  • Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG
  • Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • Michael Hait, CG
Some of our chapter's Board-certified members will discuss the BCG application process and requirements, as well as share their experiences, hints and sugggestions on preparing a portfolio. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the BCG application process.
April 21, 2012 Meeting in the NEW lecture room (inside the library) at the National Archives

Using the Genealogical Proof Standard to Research a Slave Community

Michael Hait, CG
The Genealogical Proof Standard provides a measuring stick to evaluate the validity of your conclusions. By allowing the Proof Standard to guide your research, you can be sure that your research is as accurate as possible. This case study will show how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to research the slaves owned by a single family of planters, from Saint-Domingue (Haiti) to Maryland, South Carolina, and Louisiana. This lecture includes a case that Michael has been working on for the National Park Service.
January 21, 2012 Meeting was cancled due to snow

Issues in Professional Genealogy and the Association of Professional Genealogists

Chapter Vice-President Michael Hait, recently elected to the APG Board of Directors, will moderate a discussion on "Issues in Professional Genealogy and the Association of Professional Genealogists" among chapter members. Concerns will be shared with the APG Board during the next Board Meeting, being held 31 January 2012 in Salt Lake City.
Among the topics that may be discussed are the state of professional genealogy and ways that APG can represent us as a professional organization. All members are invited to share their concerns and experiences—both new professionals and our more experienced members.
September 17, 2011 Meeting Note change of date

Client Reports: Do’s, Don’ts and Maybes"

Dr. Thomas W. Jones
This presentation will address options and requirements for professional-quality client reports, including:
  1. Preparing up-front agreements
  2. Planning the research and report
  3. Formatting for clarity
  4. Writing to communicate
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is a former trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and recipient of its 2004 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit. Professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates a writing course at the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, an advanced genealogical methods course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and teaches evidence evaluation and documentation in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program.
July 16, 2011 Meeting

Quality, Time and Completion: Developing a Research Plan

J. Mark Lowe, CG
This lecture will take a closer look at the focus of research plans used by professionals. Practical examples will be shared and a step-by-step process will be included. Using real life examples and patterns from busy professionals, learn how to make plans that work for you. Acceptable professional standards, resources and examples will be emphasized.

Flyer for printing

April 16, 2011 Meeting

Genealogical Gems in the U.S. Serial Set

Claire Bettag
The U.S. Serial Set, published by the U.S. Government Printing Office, is part of a vast collection of published public documents popularly known as “Gov Docs” (government documents). The Serial Set ranks among the most valuable genealogical resources for family historians. Containing records of the U.S. Congress, executive agencies, independent commissions, and other entities, it provides a wealth of information, often untapped by researchers.
The U.S. Serial Set is the oldest ongoing series of published U.S. documents, dating from 1789. It includes in more than 15,000 volumes, the American State Papers (materials from the 1–14th Congresses) and the Serial Set proper (15th Congress to present). Among its contents are—from both the House and Senate—Journals of Proceedings, Reports and documents. The Serial Set contents provide a treasure trove of information for genealogists.

Flyer for printing

January 22, 2011 Meeting - Note that this is the fourth Saturday

Writing the Family Narrative as a Technique for Breaking Brick Walls

Rebecca Koford
Rebecca is our chapter Treasurer and she would like feedback from the membership on this presentation. We will have a brief discussion after her presentation and evaluation forms for everyone to full out. If any other chapter members would like the chance to give a presentation and receive feedback from the membership in the future, please contact Michael Hait our chapter vice president and program coordinator.
October 2010 Meeting
Our meeting was held Saturday, October 16th at 2:00pm.
The speaker was Diane L. Giannini, CG on "Playing Well With Others" As genealogists we often collaborate with other professionals – genealogists, authors ,editors, attorney, historians, etc on projects. This session examine various types of relationships with other professionals as well as some ideas about expanding our businesses and tips for a successful project."

Elections

The following were elected to serve for the coming season:

  • President - Angela McGhie
  • Vice President - Michael Hait
  • Secretary - Ellen Rafferty
  • Treasurer - Rebecca Koford
  • Chapter Representative - Sandy Clunies