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Candice Buchanan, Reference Librarian, Local History and Genealogy Section
Created: May 11, 2020
Last Updated: June 7, 2021
In the collections of the Library of Congress you will find photographs that enhance your knowledge, prompt new research questions, and create bonds across generations. You will also discover tools in the Library of Congress holdings that will enable you to better understand and maximize the potential of items passed down through your family or discovered in local repositories.
Pictures should be treated as records in our genealogical research. They are documents that add value, not only as visuals, but also as clues and building blocks to better understanding the lives and communities of our ancestors.