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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.

All About Hiring a Professional

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 received the Golden Chapter Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists at their 2014 meeting in Richmond, Virgniia.

News for NCAC-APG Members

Chapter Newsletters

Local Meetings of Interest
News Of and From Our Members
Our final meeting at the National Archives was held on July 15, 2017, due to the closure of the archives on Saturdays. To commemorate, here are the officers and staff who were present. Although not in the picture, we owe great thanks and gratitude to Claire Kluskens of NARA for her support and assistance for all these years.

L-R: Sandra Clunies (APG Chapter Rep.), Pamela Loos-Noji (Pres.), Steve Gauss (Webmaster), Nicki Birch (Secty.)
Click the image for more pictures of the final meeing at NARA.

Our own Nicki Peak Birch, CG, longtime Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), has elected to retire this year at the end of her contract, 30 June 2018. She has served since 2010 as the sixth executive director. The Board has selected Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, as the new Executive Director. Rebecca is a former officer of the National Capital Area Chapter of the APG. Thanks to Nicki for her service and to Rebecca for her commitment.

Sharon MacInnes has received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society in recognition of her dedication to the work of the NGS.
Congratulations to Sharon on her accomplishment.

Congratulations to LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, who was recognized as a finalist in the African American category in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids.
Sharon MacInnes has received the CG designation as a Certified Genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Congratulations to Sharon on her accomplishment.

Members of the National Capital Area Chapter:
your annual dues are due by January 1. Here is information about joining or renewing.
You must be a paid-up member of the National APG
2018 Dates are confirmed.
Schedule of Meetings for 2018
Because the National Archives will no longer be open on Saturday, we will be changing our schedule and location. Please stay tuned.
January 20 April 21 July 21 October 20
Attend On-line by webinar Attend On-line by webinar Attend On-line by webinar Attend On-line by webinar
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:
Lorraine MinorEmail:
Chapter Representative
Sandra MacLean CluniesEmail:

Webmaster: Stephen Gauss Email:

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