Marie Varrelman Melchiori|
121 Tapawingo Road, SW
Vienna, VA 22180-5964
Phone: (703) 938-8103
Contact between 09:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Time
Certified Genealogical LecturerSM
1999 Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr. Award of Merit, Association of Professional Genealogists.
Union and Confederate records held at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Using Federal Records for genealogical research
Workshops for societies on NARA records
Using Records in the National Archives: A Researcher's View
But Grandma Never Carried a Gun: Locating Women Using Records Created by the Military
If Grandpa Wore Blue: Union Records in the National Archives
If Grandpa Wore Grey: Confederate Records in the National Archives
War of 1812 Records in the National Archives
Letters, Journals & Order Books in the National Archives: What Surprises They Hold
Overlooked Revolutionary War Records at the National Archives
Working the National Archives Pension Indexes
Medical Records in the National Archives
Underused & Little Known Military Records in the National Archives
Investigative Records of the Department of Justice, 1909-1922
Records of the United States and Mexican Claims Commission at the National Archives
Did Your Ancestors Serve in the Old Wars? Military Records in the National Archives, 1784 to 1811.
Masters are furnished for handouts
Video taping not permitted
Audio taping permitted but must adhere to GCC Guidelines
No home housing accepted
National Institute on Genealogical Research annually since 1987
National Genealogical Society Conference, Charleston, SC, May 2011
Genealogy Club of Little Egg Harbor, August 2011
Federation of Genealogical Societies, Springfield, IL, September 2011
Is your society interested in learning more about National Archives records and how they can be used for genealogical research? Marie can introduce you to the basic and obscure records. She has worked with NARA records for over 30 years and views the records from a researcher's perspective. Marie has been a lecturer for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) since 1987. She served as Assistant Director from 1987 to 2002. She has lectured at National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) National Conferences since 1988. She lectures at Samford University's IGHR on military records for Level VI. She has conducted workshops on Union and Confederate records for the National Archives since 1997. She participated in the Smithsonian's genealogical lecture series in 1997 and was a co-presenter for their 1999 program on Genealogy and the Internet. Marie lectured at the 3rd and 4th Genealogical Congresses in Ireland. Along with Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGSM, CGLSM, she developed the NGS Research Trip to Ireland, serving as a co-director in September 1999 and 2000. In 2004 she was a co-founder of Celtic Quest, taking a research group to Dublin, Ireland. Marie is a charter member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and served as Vice President 1995-97. She has been a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) since 1983, serving as Executive Vice President from 1991 to 1993 and as a Trustee for Region 3 from 1994 to 1999. Appointed to the Archives II Users Committee, she also participated in NARA's Strategic Planning Commission meetings. Marie worked as a Senior Volunteer Staff Aide for NARA's Civil War Conservation Pilot Project and is currently a NARA volunteer working on special military indexing projects. Marie was a founder and served on the Advisory Board for the Conference on Women and the Civil War. She served as a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists from 2000-2006.