Here's the information about the OPAL program today. The Local History
and Genealogy section at the Library is advertising this to the
genealogy community, but I thought you might be interested as well.
Sources for Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress
Many ancestors - immigrants and pioneers, slaves, women, native
peoples, and others - do not have compiled biographies. They are
invisible in the historical record, except through census or other data
collection entities. Where there are gaps, the stories can be told
through early travelogues, letters, diaries, maps, texts and printed
ephemera, photographs and other visual media.
Journey into the lives of ancestors through the published records and
online resources at the Library of Congress. Join Library staff
specialists and learn strategies and explore resources to assist the
researcher in recreating the stories that define and shape a family
What: Webinar with a Library of Congress Local History & Genealogy
When: Wednesday, May 5, 2:00-3:00 pm, EDT
Where: OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) Auditorium at
This webinar is free and open to the public. No registration is
required. For information about logging on to the webinar, see OPAL’s
Help page at http://www.opal-online.org/ivocalizetraining.htm.
NOTE: Allow yourself time to download the small software plugin needed
to participate in the conference. Depending on your network security
requirements, you may need assistance from your local technical support
group to download and install the plugin. Actual installation should be
very quick, depending on your computer and connectivity. All that is
needed is a computer with an Internet connection, sound card, and
speakers. A microphone will enable you to speak to the group.
To attend, go to OPAL at http://www.opal-online.org/. From the Quick
Links column on the left, choose Auditorium.
1. Click the "Download Here" button in the light blue rectangle in the
center of the screen.
2. Follow the directions to download and install the plugin.
3. Click the link in the orange rectangle to enter the room.
4. A gray box will appear with text asking permission to launch an
external application, web conference plugin. When the grayed out text
"Launch application" becomes black, click the Launch application
5. Type your name (no password is required) and click "Log on" to enter
the online conference.
To learn more about programs sponsored by the Digital Reference
Section, see Virtual Programs & Services -
To learn more about the Library's Local History & Genealogy Reading
Room, see http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/.
Judith K. Graves
Digital Projects Coordinator
Digital Reference Section
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4604
Email: jgrav [at] loc [dot] gov
Virtual Programs & Services: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/