The Federation of Genealogical Societies would like to invite librarians, archivists, other information professionals, volunteers, and board members serving the genealogical community to attend Librarians’ Day, Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress.

There is no registration fee for Librarians’ Day for the full day, including lunch. However, a $10 admin fee to cover transportation costs is payable to FGS.

The 2019 Librarians’ Day theme is: “Exploring the Treasures of the Library of Congress for Family History Research.”

This event is sponsored by ProQuest and the Library of Congress.

Program

 

9:00-9:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introductory Session

Jay Sweany, Assistant Chief, Library of Congress, Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Madison Building, Sixth Floor, Mumford Room

 

10:00-11:00 a.m. - Research Orientation Sessions

Chronicling America

Discover your family’s past through the news of their present! Come learn about searching Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a free and open digitized collection of 15 million pages of American newspapers published 1789 to 1963. This project is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Madison Building, Sixth Floor, Mumford Room

Researching African American Genealogy

by Ahmed Johnson, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching through the records and online resources at the Library of Congress. African American history is recorded in multiple formats that document African Americans in America. This presentation provides an overview of the materials available that will help you reconstruct these wonderful stories.

Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ 139B

Geography & Maps

Learn to use the print and online collections of the Geography and Map Division, which has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5 million maps, 100,000 atlases, 8,000 reference works, over 5000 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, over 130,000 microfiche/film, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats.

Madison Building, LM B01

Prints & Photographs

Come learn about the resources of the Prints and Photographs Division. One of the division’s reference librarians will provide an overview of the wide range of pictorial materials in the Prints and Photographs Division and will instruct you on how to make the most of its online resources and future visits to the reading room.

Madison Building, Room LM-337

Newspapers & Current Periodicals

Explore the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room's collections and resources. You will receive a tour of the Reading Room, and review procedures on how to locate and request materials. Online databases that contain full-text historical newspapers will also be discussed and demonstrated as well as the print and microform collections.

Madison Building, First Floor, LM-133

 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Research Orientation Sessions

Research an American Loyalist at the Library of Congress

by Anne Toohey, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

This session focuses on using Library of Congress sources: overview of maps, manuscripts, books, journal articles; online resources, including military records such as service, pension and bounty land records; orderly books; regimental histories; papers of famous patriots such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ 139A

Newspapers & Current Periodicals Orientation

Explore the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room's collections and resources. You will receive a tour of the Reading Room, and review procedures on how to locate and request materials. Online databases that contain full-text historical newspapers will also be discussed and demonstrated as well as the print and microform collections.

Madison Building, First Floor, LM-133

Locating Information about Civil War Ancestors

by Mark Hall, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

This session will provide an overview of the different resources available for locating information about Civil War ancestors. This will cover multiple formats and reading rooms, including electronic resources, digital materials on the Library of Congress site, maps, Prints & Photographs, and of course, books—including regimental histories, the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, local histories, etc.

Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ 139 B

12:30-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (sponsored by ProQuest)

Time Travel is Real (Sort of)

by Maureen Taylor, MA

Geo-referencing allows researchers to understand the context of their family history through locations. Genealogy and geography have a lot more in common than a letter of the alphabet. Find out how one project is bringing a community together one picture at a time.

Madison Building, Sixth Floor, Mumford Room

2:15-3:15 p.m. - Research Orientation Sessions:

Locating Information about Civil War Ancestors

by Mark Hall, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

This session will provide an overview of the different resources available for locating information about Civil War ancestors. This will cover multiple formats and reading rooms, including electronic resources, digital materials on the Library of Congress site, maps, Prints & Photographs, and of course, books—including regimental histories, the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, local histories, etc.

Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ 139 B

Newspapers & Current Periodicals Orientation

Explore the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room's collections and resources. You will receive a tour of the Reading Room, and review procedures on how to locate and request materials. Online databases that contain full-text historical newspapers will also be discussed and demonstrated as well as the print and microform collections.

Madison Building, First Floor, LM-133

Geography & Maps

Learn to use the print and online collections of the Geography and Map Division, which has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5 million maps, 100,000 atlases, 8,000 reference works, over 5000 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, over 130,000 microfiche/film, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats.

Madison Building, LM B01

3:45-4:45 p.m. - Research Orientation Sessions

Research Your Revolutionary War Ancestor at the Library of Congress

by Anne Toohey, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

This session will focus on using Library of Congress sources: overview of maps, manuscripts, books, journal articles; online resources, including military records such as service, pension and bounty land records; orderly books; regimental histories; papers of famous patriots such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Madison Building, Sixth Floor, Mumford Room

Prints & Photographs

Come learn about the resources of the Prints and Photographs Division. One of the division’s reference librarians will provide an overview of the wide range of pictorial materials in the Prints and Photographs Division and will instruct you on how to make the most of its online resources and future visits to the reading room.

Madison Building, Room LM-337

Researching African American Genealogy

by Ahmed Johnson, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching through the records and online resources at the Library of Congress. African American history is recorded in multiple formats that document African Americans in America. This presentation provides an overview of the materials available that will help you reconstruct these wonderful stories.

Madison Building, Sixth Floor, Montpelier Room

Locating Information about Civil War Ancestors

by Mark Hall, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Researcher & Reference Services.

This session will provide an overview of the different resources available for locating information about Civil War ancestors. This will cover multiple formats and reading rooms, including electronic resources, digital materials on the Library of Congress site, maps, Prints & Photographs, and of course, books—including regimental histories, the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, local histories, etc.

Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ 139 B

 

E-mail questions to librariansday@fgs.org.