Library of Congress

11 Aug 2016

Rambles Through Our Country in 1890

The Library of Congress Prints and Photos blog today features an 1890 game called Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. While it’s nice just to marvel at the chromolithograph printing of this colorful game, this item has research value for genealogists working on records from the United States in 1890.

There are probably no earth-shattering revelations here, but the images and the way in which Americans viewed individual states in 1890 makes interesting reading, as well as providing context for your research.

Lara Szpszak writes, “The goal of the game is to help players become familiar with American geography and the treasures the United States has to offer. A player spins the “teetotum” and places their counter on the matching number on the map. Each number then corresponds to a location and description in the accompanying booklet. Fortunately, the booklet is available online from the Internet Archives!” […]

7 Feb 2016

Saving Historic Newspapers

Today’s post is about the sleuthing librarians and archivists do when finding, sharing, and saving historic newspapers.

I’ve written before about the joint NEH-Library of Congress project, Chronicling America, which offers free digitized historic newspapers from many U.S. states. But it’s easy to overlook the work being done to compile the U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present, a database locating existing copies of newspapers in repositories throughout the United States. The U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present is part of the Chronicling America site, but it’s not too obvious either that it exists or what it can do for your research.

Because this directory contains a list of virtually all of the newspapers published in America since 1690 compiled by LC librarians, it helps you identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access these newspapers. (Not all of them are digitized yet, of course, but the directory will tell you which repositories hold the newspaper in question.) At this […]

4 Dec 2015

Searching LOC.gov Webinar

Join Library of Congress staff for their Searching LOC.gov webinar on Thursday, 10 December 2015 at 4pm EST.
The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Do you want to find Library of Congress primary sources? What search strategies does a power user need to know? Because the holdings of the Library of Congress are massive and so it its Web site, the Searching LOC.gov webinar can help.

During the Searching LOC.gov webinar, Library of Congress staff will break it down for you to make it easier to navigate. As a result, you will gain greater understanding of the breadth and depth of the Library’s collections.

Although the Searching LOC.gov webinar  is marketed to educators, genealogists will also find the “tips and shortcuts to finding primary sources, suggestions on how to plan effective searches, and how to ask […]

26 Sep 2015

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory

Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present.
Chronicling America at the Library of Congress gets lots of good press from me and other genealogists for the free access provided to a wide variety of newspapers published in the United States over the past 320+ years.

But it’s easy to overlook the ability to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present database to find existing copies of newspapers in repositories throughout the United States. The U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present is part of the Chronicling America site, but it’s not too obvious either that it exists or what it can do for your research.

Looking at the example above of the main page, my eye always always goes to the wonderful digitized front pages of newspapers just waiting to be read. What can be overlooked is the link in the upper right (red box added) to search U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present. (Personally, I’ve always thought Google was a big success because of its […]