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Tours and Research Orientations

Onsite Orientations at the Library of Congress

Orientation classes, taught by reference librarians, are offered regularly. The "Resources for Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress" course is designed as a basic introduction for genealogical researchers using the Library of Congress collections and is taught on select Wednesday mornings and Saturdays. Each session includes an introduction to genealogical research: what it is and what it involves; the Local History and Genealogy resources and collections: compiled family histories, local histories, city directories, telephone books, the reference collection, how to search the Library's online catalog, and an overview of automated resources on the Internet. How to locate published census schedules and indexes, ship passenger lists, military service and pension records, military lists and registers, cemetery records, church records and registers, court records, land records, and registers of births will be included. The orientation classes are offered by the Local History and Genealogy reference staff on the following Wednesday mornings.

Individuals requiring accommodations for any of these events are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

2017

March 8
April 12
May 10
June 7
July 12
August 9
September 13
October 11
November 15
December 6

Orientation sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Research orientation sessions are held in Main Reading Room, LJ-100 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. For additional information, or to register for a class, call the Local History and Genealogy section at (202) 707-3399 Monday-Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please come to the Library by 9:30 a.m. to apply for a Reader Registration Card (picture identification required). The Reader Registration Station is located in Room LM 140 on the first floor of the Madison Building, near the Independence Avenue entrance. The Madison Building can also be entered on the ground floor through the C Street SE entrance.

Anyone who has questions about the Library's services to genealogists should call the Local History & Genealogy section at 202-707-3399 or contact us via Ask a Librarian.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division also periodically offers a 90-minute research orientation for first-time users. This course is a general introduction to the Library of Congress collections and resources.

Online Orientations

Online video research orientations by Local History & Genealogy reference specialists:

Additional Research Orientation Classes

In addition to Saturday orientations, some Library of Congress reading rooms offer research orientations or tours specific to their collections and services. For more information about these orientations, including schedules and registration information, please visit the web pages listed below:

 

 

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