Discovering Family History in Library Collections: A Three-Part Webcast Series

Tuesday, 7/27/2021 - Tuesday, 8/10/2021

This will be a 3-part series including the following webcast:

Webcast One: Databases- July 27, 2021

Webcast Two: Manuscript Collections- August 3, 2021

Webcast Three: Library of Congress Collections- August 10, 2021

During this three-part webcast series, explore library collections useful for genealogy/family history research, including free and subscription databases available at many libraries, manuscript collections from various libraries, and resources at the Library of Congress.

Each topic will include resources for tracing lineage, telling family stories, and finding historical context. There will also be discussion on accessing these materials on-site or remotely, including during extreme times (e.g. pandemics).

Learning Outcomes

Discovering Family History in Library Collections-Part 1: Databases

Participants will develop an understanding of: 

  • Free and subscription-based databases relevant to genealogy besides the major genealogy websites
  • Examples of how databases may be applied to genealogy research, including academic databases not typically used for this type of research
  • Methods for searching and advice on accessing these resources

Discovering Family History in Library Collections-Part 2: Manuscript Collections

Participants will develop an understanding of:

  • The nature and scope of library manuscript collections relevant to genealogy
  • Highlighted examples of such resources
  • Methods for accessing and using such collections, whether offline or online

Discovering Family History in Library Collections-Part 3: Library of Congress Collections 

Participants will develop an understanding of:

  • Library of Congress collections relevant to genealogy
  • Strategies for applying LC resources to genealogy
  • Methods for accessing and searching LC collections on or offline

Who Should Attend

This webcast series will benefit genealogists, genealogy librarians, and other librarians with patrons seeking genealogy resources. 


Joseph B. Everett, Family History & Local History Librarian at Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University

Dr. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, Professional Genealogist

Ahmed Johnson, Reference Librarian, History & Genealogy Section, Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library of Congress

Karen Walfall, Reference Librarian, History & Genealogy Section, Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library of Congress



Save big when you register for the entire three-part series:

  • $108 (save $27) for RUSA members
  • $132 (save $33) for ALA members
  • $185 (save $46) for non-ALA members
  • $60 (save $15) for student members and retired members

Group rate: $238 (save $59)

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, RUSA will define a group as up to 20 staff from a single library system working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrants to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

How to Register

Register for the series here 

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 

For assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, please send your request via email to Ninah Moore at by July 7, 2021


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!