Free Resource Friday: Library of Congress

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
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • 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!


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