For this Free Resource Friday post, I’m recommending the Library of Congress. Prior to taking my Genealogical Research class, I had a shortlist of favorite resources to tap into and that short list has now turned into about 20 pages worth of incredible resources that I look forward to sharing over time.
Through this class, I became aware of the Library of Congress site as a key resource. I’m sure for any established genealogist, this site is a no-brainer in terms of the top sites to access, but for everyone else – I wanted to share in case it hasn’t fallen on your radar yet.
Most people are unable to visit the Library of Congress in-person but fear-not, there are plenty of materials available online to explore. Two of their most valuable resources are:
Digital Collections: This site of collections is one of the largest on the web. It contains historical collections from several countries:
- Photo Collections
- Archived Websites
- Audio Recordings
- Rare books and so much more.
Chronicling America: This Library of Congress site contains digitized copies of selected newspapers from 1789-1924 and a Newspaper Directory from 1690-present. This can be a valuable resource for finding newsworthy information about your ancestors in America.
I look forward to exploring more of it soon, as they are adding items nearly every day. Enjoy!