Background Sources for the District of Columbia
This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
The following publications provide excellent background on social and cultural history and include comprehensive bibliographies.
- Bryan, Wilhelmus Borgart. A History of the National Capital. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan Co., 1914–16.
- Green, Constance McLaughlin. Washington, Capital City, 1800–1950. 2 vols. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1962.
The following are excellent references to District of Columbia research and records:
- A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Nation’s Capitol. 7th ed. N.p.: Annandale Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1989.
- Angevine, Erma Miller. “Genealogical Research on Families of the District of Columbia,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 78 (March 1990): 15-32.
- Cook, Eleanor M. V. Guide to the Records of Your District of Columbia Ancestors. Silver Spring, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1987.
- Pippenger, Wesley E. District of Columbia Ancestors: A Guide to Records of the District of Columbia. Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1997.
- Provine, Dorothy S. Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia. Record Group 351. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1976.
- Schaefer, Christina K. The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capitol Area. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.