Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL
Jun 18, 2019
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Learn About BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Government Documents
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Types of Gov Docs
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Variety of Records
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SuDoc Numbers
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Finding Aids
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About this webinar

As family historians go through the library to their local genealogy department, many quickly bypass the library’s Government Document Section. All offices of our federal government compiled, printed, and disseminated an assortment of reports and maps. Over the years, the GPO sent these publications out to various regional and selective depository libraries. Many times these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information pertaining to people and their surroundings. Repeatedly these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information. This session demonstrates the type of information included in Government Documents, how to search, locate, and obtain these federal gems.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL is a St. Louis, Missouri researcher. She is a genealogical instructor for St. Louis Community College, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, and lectures on the local, state, and national levels. She serve
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    I appreciated getting a handout. It was nice to learn about some new sources for records. I am a DAR chapter registrar and welcome new ideas and sources.

    I am grateful this was provided free.

    I thought it was very informative.

    I was pleasantly surprised at the information available through the government docs, and this webinar.

    interesting but not much info for family history unless you were connected to gvt. she is very knowledgeable so i kept listening.

    Interesting subject. Thanks.

    Interesting topic and subjuect matter. I do not have much need to search in the US for governement documents, however it has broadened my horizens as to what might be available in Canada.

    Interesting, but won’t know until I find a need for these records. Then this will be helpful. Thanks, Pat.

    It was filled with wonderful information. Many more governmental resources than I expected that held/could hold personal information about people.

    It was very thorough.

    It’s a very complex topic.

    I’ve had some experience with these documents but she makes me understand them better.

    lots of information, explained items well

    Many resources were discussed.


    Most informative about a topic i knew little about…now just need to live to be 150 to research all everywhere

    Nice overview of possibilities. Thank you.

    One of the best webinars I have attended.


    Thank you for presenting this topic — I haven’t seen this material covered before.

    Thank you!

    Thank you!

    Thanks for sharing a new source of information and research – have to give it a try

    The explanation of the two types of Federal Libraries. was worth the time, and then a bunch more was added. Thank you.

    Very good information. Thanks for these new sources.

    Very good information; well organized

    Very good!

    Very helpful information given and well presented.

    Very informational! Learned a lot more about government documents.

    Very informative – so good to know more about Government documents.

    Very informative.

    Very informative; learned a lot.

    very interest intro

    Very interesting , other places to research when you have a brick wall.

    Very interesting information. I had not considered this topic before the webinar.

    Very interesting presentation on a subject I don’t know nearly enough about.

    Very interesting topic. Gave me a better insight into what can be found in this collection and where I should look for the documents.

    Very interesting!

    Very knowledgeable speaker. Thanks.

    Very new topic for me; quite interesting.

    Wonderful. Gave me so much information for further research.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    As a gov docs librarian, I knew much of the information–and in a case or two, I knew more about the status of something, such as digitization which is being done with the assistance of digital partners. There is also a new classification of depositories called Centers of Excellence which are selectives who also try to cover a specific topic comprehensively.

    Excellent introduction to an often overlooked resource. Thanks to BCG for making this available.

    Excellent overview especially for Canadian genealogists.

    Excellent presentation with lots of new information presented

    Excellent thank you very much

    Extremely well organized and informative

    Gives me a lot more to think about–and how to go about looking for the info. Just shows how great Genealogy is–journey has nothing to do with the destination!

    Good intro

    Good overview. I took govdocs in library school but that was years ago.

    Good webinar on government Documents.

    Great info and examples. Thanks for the references.

    Great information about a little-used resource. I love learning about new sources.

    Great introduction to a previously unknown record group. Thank you.

    Great overview of holdings of government docs


    Great! Very interesting and informative! Thanks 🙂


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