Learn to Research Genealogy with the Library of Congress – The Vacaville Reporter
Candice Buchanan will present “Local History Genealogy Research at the Library of
Congress” during the May 7 virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. of the Solano County Genealogical Society.
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It began as, and remains, a research library for members of Congress. However, today’s library is also the largest library in the world and its collections are extensive and fascinating.
The collections include many interesting documents and images for people researching their family history, and large amounts are now online and freely available. You’ll find antique maps and atlases, diaries and personal papers, slave accounts, first-person accounts of California’s early years, and much more.
You can also find Chronicling America, an exciting project that creates a searchable digitized database of historical newspapers from all over the United States.
This presentation will highlight library collections, services, and resources that can help with genealogical research. The speaker will give an overview of the collections; discuss basic genealogical research methods; and describe how to search the library’s online catalog and access digital collections.
Buchanan is a reference librarian at the Library who specializes in local history and
genealogy. She works with patrons to develop research strategies, locate records, and make the most of those records to tell the stories of their ancestors. Buchanan has developed guides and presentations for the library that discuss state-specific research, women’s history, and family photographs, as well as a series on legacy patterns and fabricated histories that mislead researchers.
Guests are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP to [email protected] no later than 4 p.m. on May 6 and request an invite.
More information about the society’s activities can be found on the society’s webpage at scgsca.org and on their Facebook page.