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Local History and Genealogy Reading Room (Humanities and Social Sciences Division)


Tours and Research Orientations

Learn about using the Library.

Before You Begin

Reading room policies and preparing for your research.

The Collections

What genealogical materials are available on site

Internet Subscription Services

Genealogy databases available at the Library of Congress.

Searching Tips

For locating genealogical materials in the Library's online catalog.

Acquiring Published Genealogies

How to submit materials to the Library as a gift, for purchase, and for copyright.

Bibliographies and Guides

Compiled by reference librarians.

American Memory

Digitized materials on U.S. history from the Library of Congress collections. Includes first-person accounts of 19th-century California, the Upper Midwest from 1820 to 1910, the Chesapeake Bay area from 1600 to 1925, and other resources for genealogy research.

Other Internet Sources

Other library catalogs and Web resources devoted to genealogy and local history.

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Genealogy. Lee family of Virginia and Maryland, c1886 Apr. 26.
Prints and Photographs Division,
Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications. The Library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's library.

101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G42
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Contact Information
Map showing location

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:
8:30am - 9:30pm
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday:
8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed Sundays &
Federal Holidays


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