Join Library of Congress staff for their Searching 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.

Searching Webinar

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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 webinar can help.

During the Searching 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 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 for help” valuable.

Topics covered include:

  • Shortcuts to finding primary sources
  • Tips for planning a search
  • Resources to learn more

You must register in advance for this webinar by licking on this link. For those unable to participate on 10 December, a recording will be available within a week of the session.  Recordings of past events, including recent online conference, and information about joining the webinar are available here.

In a world crowded with online resources, you might also consider adding some of the Library of Congress blogs to your reading list. The Library of Congress blogs are excellent resources, free to all, organized by broad historical subjects, and containing a wealth of information for researchers from the vast collections at the Library of Congress. They are worth following for help with your family history research. The URL for the main page for all Library of Congress blogs, including photographs and prints, copyright, teaching, folklore, law, science and technology, poetry and literature, and performing arts, is  From there you can choose the ones of most interest.

In the meantime, don’t forget to register in advance for the Searching webinar by licking on this link.