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District of Columbia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1800-18905,659
Smocks in the censuses, 1790-184032
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District of Columbia, Marriage Records, 1810-1953863,462
District of Columbia, Compiled Marriage Index, 1830-1921493,981
District of Columbia, Select Births and Christenings, 1830-1955324,995
District of Columbia, Select Deaths and Burials Index, 1769-1960190,903
Texas, Select Headstone Photos, 1850-200594,225
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947Updated54,293,029
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918613,480
Washington D. C., Military Naturalization Petitions, 1918-19246,517
District of Columbia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1800-18905,659
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U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940320,331
Washington D. C., Military Naturalization Petitions, 1918-19246,517
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Washington Post, The (Washington, D.C.)137,283
The Daily Globe (Washington, D.C.)364
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Texas, Select Headstone Photos, 1850-200594,225
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Washington, D.C. City Directory, 1890-1891176,194
Register of the Society of Mayflower descendants in the District of Columbia, 1970593
A Directory of churches and religious organizations in the District of Columbia, 1939193
The centennial of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. : 1803-1903.187
The centennial of the beginning of Presbyterianism in the city of Washington : the First Presbyterian Church184
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U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878Free27,526
Washington, D.C., Slave Emancipation Records, 1851-1863Free7,336
Washington, D.C., Slave Owner Petitions, 1862-1863Free4,250
Washington D.C., Ex-Slave Pension Correspondence and Case Files, 1892-1922Free2,939
Washington D.C., Habeas Corpus Case Records, 1820-18631,004
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U.S., Select Family History and Bible Records Index14,871
The Book of Washington486
Your Washington and mine384
Walks about Washington350
Prominent personages of the nation's capital : a work for newspaper and library reference.341
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There are no Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers collections unique to District of Columbia
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Washington, past and present : a history2,721
A history of the national capital : from its foundation through the period of the adoption of the Organic Act1,418
Washington, city and capital1,156
The Monumental City : its past history and present resources871
Washington : the capital city and its part in the history of the nation839
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A Genealogical History

District of Columbia in brief

U.S. Capital:  Since 1800
Population: estimated at 599,657 in 2009
Motto: Justia Omnibus (Justice to All)
Nickname: The Nation’s Capitol
Neighboring states: Maryland, Virginia


U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Interesting Facts

  • In 1790, northern states were still facing debt from the Revolutionary War, while southern states had paid off most of their debt. The question of the federal government assuming Revolutionary War debts, didn't sit well in the South. To gain support for the legislation, a compromise was reached that put the capital of the young nation on the banks of the Potomac, surrounded by slave states, in exchange for support of the funding of Revolutionary debt.
  • The site of the future District of Columbia was surveyed by Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker. Banneker was a free black and self-taught mathematician, and astronomer.
  • The District of Columbia is home to 715 libraries in its 68 square miles and the population exceeds that of Wyoming, the tenth largest state in terms of area. 

     

Featured District of Columbia Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-187827,526
District of Columbia, Marriage Records, 1810-1953863,462
Washington D. C., Military Naturalization Petitions, 1918-19246,517

Famous People

Help and Advice

Resources

 

District of Columbia Census Research

When the first federal census was taken in 1790, residents of Washington D.C. were enumerated in two separate states. Those living north of the Potomac River were enumerated with Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Those south of the river were listed with Virginians; however, Virginia’s census for 1790 was destroyed.


Although the 1800 census has survived, no federal census returns exist for the District of Columbia for 1810.  Beginning in 1820, enumerations exist for each decennial except for the mostly destroyed 1890 census. All of the population schedules are available at the National Archives in the Microfilm Reading Room, and through the Family History Library and its centers.

 

District of Columbia Vital Records

 

District of Columbia Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about District of Columbia history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.