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  •  Such great information is surely just what (6+ / 0-)

    the GFH group was designed to provide.  Great tips and instructions.  I've researched at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the procedures there were much the same as you described for the LOC Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.  I really, really need to get myself to Washington.  The county histories would probably be of immense help to me.

    Thanks so much for this.

    Oh sure. Whenever I face a budget crisis the first thing I do is ask my employer to cut my salary.

    by figbash on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 09:16:16 AM PST

    •  Counties (4+ / 0-)
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      figbash, edwardssl, larmos, coquiero

      I think the county histories would be of immense help.  I spent as much time looking at these as I did family genealogy pubs.  If you go to D.C., I would also recommend a trip or two to the National Archives.

      •  Thanks for the suggestion. (5+ / 0-)
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        edwardssl, larmos, cka, Jane Lew, coquiero

        I'll get there, maybe this summer when everybody's cleared out because of the heat and humidity.  Last time I was in D.C. it was in the summer and I got a fantastic deal at the Mayflower Hotel.  Hah.   As if I could afford that now that I'm retired.   I must have spent an hour driving around trying to find the hotel and was never more than 2 miles from it.  Give me a grid anytime.  North, south, east and west only.  ;-)

        Oh sure. Whenever I face a budget crisis the first thing I do is ask my employer to cut my salary.

        by figbash on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 09:27:49 AM PST

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        •  That's funny (4+ / 0-)
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          I worked in downtown D.C. for many years and knew my way home (by car) and back to work.  Venturing outside the Mall area to me is confusing.

          You could stay in Rosslyn, VA.  I'm pretty sure the Metro runs straight to Capitol South without a train change.

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