Here's the information on our next web conference. Please distribute
to those you feel would be interested.
Invisible Ancestors: Ideas & Strategies for Recreating Their Stories
Many ancestors - early immigrants and pioneers, slaves, women, native
peoples, and others - do not have compiled biographies. They are
invisible except in the historical record, through the census or other
data collection entities. Where there are gaps in their history, the
stories can be told through early travelogues, letters, diaries, other
texts and printed ephemera, photographs and other visual media, and
Join Library of Congress Digital Projects Coordinator, Judy Graves, and
Local History & Genealogy Specialist, Anne Toohey, for ideas and
strategies for combining physical and online materials that go beyond
the data and recreate the stories of these individuals. We invite you
to take this opportunity to sample the Library's online materials and
locate items that will enrich the stories of those whom you would like
to know better.
When: Wednesday, June 18, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time),
1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Time
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/.
To register for an orientation to the Library’s online materials, see