What free resources can I use for genealogy?
Many sources are freely available to the amateur genealogist. You can create a free account for yourself in FamilySearch.org to build your tree electronically and share it with others.
You can download free pedigree and family group charts from the National Archives website.
Look for additional free forms from the websites of genealogical libraries and at Cyndislist.com. https://www.cyndislist.com/us/
Your local public librarian can help you find books to use for free to help you learn best practices for genealogy. They can also put you in touch with a local genealogical society where you can find further support and tips for learning to research your own genealogy.
You can use FamilySearch.org to examine digitized historic documents and to look for further clues to build your tree, relationship by relationship, into the past. You can find further freebies at websites like https://cyndislist.com/
The Library of Congress online catalog lists these fairly recent publications, which you may be able to find at a library near you.
1. All-in-one basic to advanced guide to genealogy & ancestry history research
Berry, Kimberly L., author. All-in-one basic to advanced guide to genealogy & ancestry history research / Kimberly L. Berry. Streetsboro, Ohio : Jhana Books, Inc., 
294 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
CS16 .B45 2017
ISBN: 15486952039781548695200 (trade pbk)
2. The basic genealogy checklist : 101 tips & tactics to find your family history
Christmas, Henrietta Martinez, author. The basic genealogy checklist : 101 tips & tactics to find your family history / by Henrietta M. Christmas & Paul F. Rhetts. Los Ranchos, NM : Rio Grande Books, 
119 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm.
CS21 .C49 2017
ISBN: 9781943681129 (pbk. : alk. paper)9781943681617 (ebook)
3. Genealogy Basics In 30 minutes : The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors
Combs-Bennett, Shannon, author. Genealogy Basics In 30 minutes : The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors / Shannon Combs-Bennett. First edition. [Newton, MA] : i30 Media Corporation, ©2016
93 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
CS16 .C66 2016
ISBN: 9781939924681 (softcover)1939924685 (softcover)
4. Organize your genealogy : strategies and solutions for every researcher
Smith, Drew (Andrew Martin), 1956- author. Organize your genealogy : strategies and solutions for every researcher / Drew Smith. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, 
239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
CS16 .S63 2016
ISBN: 9781440345036 (pbk)1440345031 (pbk)
5. How to do everything. Genealogy
Morgan, George G., 1952- How to do everything. Genealogy / George G. Morgan. Fourth edition. New York : McGraw-Hill Education, 
xxi, 490 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
CS16 .M69 2015
ISBN: 9780071845922 (paperback)
6. Finding your roots : easy-to-do genealogy and family history
Schultz, Janice Lindgren. Finding your roots : easy-to-do genealogy and family history / Janice Lindgren Schultz. Chicago : Huron Street Press, 
ix, 230 pages, illustrations, genealogical tables ; 23 cm.
CS47 .S38 2013
7. Genealogy tool kit : getting started on your family history at the National Archives
Deeben, John Paul. Genealogy tool kit : getting started on your family history at the National Archives / by John P. Deeben. Washington, DC : Foundation for the National Archives, 
ix, 150 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
CS25 D44 2012
You can use the Library of Congress website to access digitized collections and finding aids before you come to the Library.
You can use the online catalog to find out which family histories and local histories the Library of Congress has collected. https://catalog.loc.gov/
Items published before 1924 may have been digitized. If they are listed in the Library of Congress online catalog, there may be a link to the digital version in the catalog description.
If you can't travel, you might be interested in this website that lists persons willing to scan local information for you. https://raogk.org/
Local public libraries and historical societies will often search their collections or find materials for you for little or no cost.
Additional Ways to Contact Us
Send written correspondence to:
Researcher and Reference Services Division
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 100
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
The staff of the Library of Congress cannot undertake research in family history or heraldry. In order to perform work of this nature satisfactorily, it is necessary to identify a particular branch of the family concerned, and, because of the time and effort involved, searches for this kind of information usually require the services of a professional genealogist or heraldic searcher.