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Utilizing the Library of Congress Genealogy Website
The Library of Congress (LC) is the greatest repository of published works in the U.S., including genealogy and local history books and periodicals. Whether or not you are planning to visit the LC in the near future, it will pay you to visit its website. To find out how best to utilize the LC website for genealogy research, read the article “Utilizing the Library of Congress Genealogy Website” on our blog at http://www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com/utilizing-the-library-of-congress-genealogy-website/.
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Over the course of two centuries, genealogists have published tens of thousands of family histories. In fact, since the middle of the 19th century, the LC, as we noted above, has served as the repository for 40,000 of them. As any genealogist should know, the place to start one’s research–after examining and evaluating the records in your own family’s possession–is by learning if someone else has done research on your family. Having access to a list of published family histories, therefore, can prove to be invaluable.
Recognizing the importance of such a list inspired author Marion Kaminkow to set herself the task of combing through the card catalog of the LC for family histories. In 1972 Mrs. Kaminkow published Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. This two-volume work provides bibliographical details of all the family histories deposited at the library from its establishment through 1972. In 1977 and again in 1986, Mrs. Kaminkow produced two Supplements to the base work, extending the coverage by another 14 years. Recognizing that not every genealogist had sent his/her family history to the LC, she canvassed the collections of 24 additional libraries around the U.S. (e.g., the famed Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana). Her Complement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress identifies a staggering 20,000 genealogies not in the collection of our national library. In all, Mrs. Kaminkow produced a bibliography, in five volumes, of more than 50,000 genealogies prepared through 1986.
Since the publication of Genealogies in the Library of Congress, a number of U.S. libraries have acquired copies of this remarkable compilation; however, the price ($499.95 for all five volumes) has put them out of reach of the average researcher. Despite the enormous cost to produce these oversized volumes (some in paperback and some still in hardcover), we have decided to make these books more affordable for our subscribers. For today and tomorrow only, readers of “Genealogy Pointers” can purchase one or all of the components of Genealogies in the Library of Congress at a savings of 40-70% off the retail price.
Imagine having at your fingertips the titles and full bibliographical details of the vast majority of genealogies published through 1986! In many cases the book citations refer to collateral family names, spelling variations, and, sometimes, cross-references to other works–including foreign titles. Here is one example:
GRIM. History of the Grim family of Pennsylvania and its associated families including the following: Merkle, Greenawalt, Fertig, Zechman, Schaeffer, Smith, Felver . . . Schreiner, Creher, Kircher and Moyer families. Published by Mabel Estella Grim Smith, Jennie Lucretia Grim Long, Harry Heber . . . Compiled and edited by William Gabriel Long . . . (Huntington, W. Va., Printed by Huntington publishing company) 1934. v. 166 pp. illus (incl. Ports, maps, facsim, coat of arms) 23 cm. 35-14616. CS71. G86 1934.
As you can see, Genealogies in the Library of Congress is more than a booklist; rather, it contains clues that may disclose the next phase of your research. Moreover, since you know where copies of these genealogies are housed, you may even be able to acquire a facsimile copy (e.g., the LC will print copies of its public domain genealogies on demand for a stated fee).
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Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Five Volumes
This is the complete five-volume set, consisting of the two-volume base set of Genealogies, the two Supplements, and the Complement. See below for the contents of the titles in the complete set.
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Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography [Vols. I & II]
This is the original two-volume collection that identifies the titles and descriptive details of genealogies listed in the Family Name Index of the Local History and Genealogy Room in the LC up to 1972. The 20,000 entries, arranged by surname, include published as well as unpublished genealogies, with 25,000 cross-references directing attention to spelling variations and collateral family names. The entries refer not only to American and English works but also to genealogies from Germany, France, Scandinavia, Spain, and many other countries.
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Supplement 1972-1976 to Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography
This Supplement lists all genealogies in the LC that were cataloged between 1972 and 1976, showing acquisitions made by the Library in the five years since publication of the original two-volume Bibliography (see the book description immediately above). “The supplement alone includes 2,798 new entries. . . . The alphabetical arrangement is by family surname for both the bibliographical entries and the cross references. Title, place, publisher, author, and LC card and call numbers are included. . . . This work is a major starting point for identifying and approaching American, English, Canadian, Latin American, European, and Asian genealogical sources.” American Reference Books Annual, 1978.
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Second Supplement 1976-1986 to Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography
This 10-year Second Supplement lists 10,000 titles acquired by the LC between January 1976 and June 1986. An index of secondary names contains about 8,500 entries, and a geographical index lists family locations when mentioned. “Unlike the previous volumes, this volume is based upon a printout from the LC’s database. Arrangement is alphabetical by family name, and then alphabetically by author. . . . Each entry contains a complete bibliographic citation, including the LC catalog number and the Dewey Decimal number. An index of places is also included.” Carol Willsey Bell, American Reference Books Annual, 1988.
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A Complement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography
This work lists 20,000 genealogies that were not in the LC when the original Bibliography and the 1976 First Supplement were published (see above). Code letters designate the libraries in which these family histories may be found. Altogether, the holdings of 24 major libraries are listed, though this figure may actually be said to represent 45 libraries, since the Allen County Library of Fort Wayne, Indiana, possesses photo and microform copies of genealogies from 21 additional libraries.
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