Library of Congress

10 Nov 2014

Veterans History Project – 2014

According to a Pew Research Survey, 61% of Americans have an immediate family member who has served in the military since World War II. Visit the Veterans History Project on the web at www.Loc.gov/Vets or watch the video above for information about how to participate. You’ll help the Library of Congress, honor your relative, and gain valuable information for your family history research.

Participating in the Veterans History Project is an excellent way to honor the military service of your relatives. A project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project “preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”

The Veterans History Project collects:
  • Personal narratives, including audio- and video-taped interviews and written memoirs
  • Correspondence, including letters, postcards, v-mail, and personal diaries
  • Visual materials, including photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks

The Project collects […]

14 Oct 2014

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween Photos

The Library of Congress wants your family Halloween photos from 2014. Are you photographing hayrides, haunted houses, parades, or trick-or-treating this year with adorable children and grandchildren? The Library of Congress wants you! (And I hope someday the American Folklife Center (AFC) will want vintage family photographs of Halloween like the one above.)

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween PhotosThe AFC at the Library of Congress invites Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Between 22 October and 5 November, the American Folklife Center invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family, and community, and post photos […]

16 Aug 2014

Additions to National Digital Newspaper Program

NEH has announced the addition of South Dakota and Nevada to the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

The National Digital Newspaper Program’s website is Chronicling America, a free, searchable Library of Congress resource providing information about and access to historic United States newspapers.  To date, more than 7.8 million pages published between 1836 and 1922 are available on the site.

Awards were made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development to digitize newspapers from Nevada and South Dakota.  This brings the number of participants in the program to 39, including 37 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia.

NEH and the Library of Congress are working to have every state and U.S. territory represented in Chronicling America.  In addition, supplementary awards have […]

3 Aug 2014

Free Online German-Language Newspapers

Free online German-language newspapers published in the United States are invaluable resources for genealogists. If you’re searching for ancestors from Germany, Austria, and Prussia who emigrated to America, 19th- and 20th-century German-language newspapers can hold important clues not found in English-language records.

Published in areas with large enclaves of German-speaking immigrants, these newspapers fostered communities and neighborhoods. According to the Library of Congress, by 1890 more than 1,000 German newspapers were being published in the United States. 

Chronicling America is a Library of Congress website offering access to newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922.  Nearly eight million newspaper pages from 32 states and the District of Columbia are digitized and available.

Here are 19 historic German-language newspaper titles available for free at Chronicling America. Click on the hyperlinks in the titles to start your research.