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The National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NCAC-APG) was formed in 1992 to promote the high standards of ethics and professionalism in the genealogical field at the regional level. Nearly all of our members conduct research in local repositories, such as the National Archives and Library of Congress, but many have geographic and ethnic specialities outside the Capital area. Our members are also active in teaching, lecturing, publishing, and volunteering.

The NCAC-APG provides a list of members (see the Find A Genealogist tab) who are available for a variety of research commissions and speaking engagements. The Association of Professional Genealogists supports a Code of Ethics and provides for arbitration of complaints.

Why Hire a Professional Genealogist?

At family reumions, we talk about assembling a family tree, or creating a Web site, or writing down all these great stories before they are forgotten, but we dont know how to get started.

Im skeptical about some of the information I find in online family trees. How can I separate fact from fiction?

Im confident that my research is sound, and I have 20 years worth of material on my ancestors, but they are just facts, and I want a story.

I have hit a brick wall, but I love doing my own research. Can someone advise me on next steps instead of solving the puzzle for me?

I like researching online, but I lose interest when it involves trips to a library or an archive. Im willing to pay someone to do the parts of the research I dont enjoy.

Professional genealogy services cover a wide variety of assignments. Whether you need consulting services to help advance your own research or you want to hire someone to do all or part of the work, you can rely on APG members to adhere to a professional code of conduct, from initial contact to delivery of results.

The National Capital Area Chapter has received the Golden Chapter Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists at their 2014 meeting in Richmond, Virgniia.

News for NCAC-APG Members

Local Meetings of Interest
Finding Elusive Ancestors -- Tools and Techniques for the Search
Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM through
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM (EDT)
Falls Church, VA
See here for details.
The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GEN-FED) has announced its 2017 list of lecturers and topics for the week-long course to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, from July 1014, 2017. Among those presenting are NARA staff members, current and retired, and expert genealogists, researchers, historians, and librarians from a variety of backgrounds.

Gen-Fed has announced details on registration, scheduled to open on Saturday, February 25, at 3:00 PM EST.
See here for details.

News Of and From Our Members

Congratulations to the newly elected board of directors of the DC chapter of APG and thanks to the former officers for their service.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists has elected LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson and re-elected Michael Hait as trustees of the BCG..

Debra A. Hoffman has been named Assistant Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists has appointed
Angela Packer McGhie as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund.

Bob Johnson has received the CG designation as a Certified Genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Congratulations to Bob on your accomplishment.

Members of the National Capital Area Chapter: your annual dues are due by January 1. You must be a paid-up member of the National APG. Here is the membership renewal form.
Date of the January meeting has been changed from 21 to 28.
Schedule of Meetings
January 28
Change of date
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Program Program

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

Unless otherwise noted, meetings of the NCAC-APG are held on the third Saturday of April, July, and October at 2 p.m. in Room G25 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The January meeting is on the same schedule, but will be a webinar only with instructions e-mailed to members.

Please see the Programs tab for more information. Visitors who are members of APG are welcome. For further information, please contact our Chapter Representative, Sandra Clunies, .

Officers for 2017

    Pamela Loos-Noji   Email:
Shelley MurphyEmail:
Nicki BirchEmail:
Barry KlineEmail:
Chapter Representative
Sandra MacLean CluniesEmail:

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