Library Entry

It is not unusual to think of your research being published as a legacy to provide to other family members.  However, considering the effort you have placed in research, and now the additional work required to publish a Genealogy or a Family History, your goal should be to place your published research into a Library.  This will provide your research for other researchers for years to come.  There are many ways to achieve this.

One can always donate a Family History or a Genealogy Report to a Library, and the Genealogy Librarian will gladly accept it.  You could even add a “In Memoriam” sheet into the front of your donated book.  If it is not in book form, the Librarian may be willing to accept your grant and place it in a Vertical File (think:  manila folder in a drawer).

Our goal in the AGS SIG is to have everyone successful in placing a published history or genealogy into the Library of Congress (LOC).  This is definitely doable, and takes but a few steps.


One of your first steps is to obtain an account with the Library of Congress.  The two choices are under CIP (Cataloging-in-Publication) or PCN (Preassigned Control Number).  The two programs are mutually exclusive, and you want PCN, as CIP is for the ‘big boy’ publishing houses.  Today the LOC has an electronic (on-line) method to accomplish this, known as EPCN.

You can do this at  It is free, and takes but an email address and a password.  Place that password where you know how to retrieve it, as the PCN account will require a new password every 60 days.  I know, but that is the rule.


Walk down any aisle at Barnes & Noble, or select any book off your bookshelf at home.  Whether hard copy or paperback, if you turn the book over, you will see a barcode in the lower right corner.  To each and every unique ISBN, there is a corresponding (one and only one) barcode to facilitate inventory and sales.  A barcode is not required if you do not plan to sell your published product commercially, e.g., in a book store or museum gift shop..  You can publish a book without an ISBN, and you can publish a book with an ISBN but with no barcode.

  Bowker, the registrar for American ISBNs, will charge $25 to generate a barcode.  That is the going commercial price by a publishing house to create a barcode for you from an ISBN.

  There are also some on-line barcode generators.  Here is the link for one suchThis service is free if you are just going to do one at a time.  It appears you can even do several at a time.  Here is the resulting barcode as generated for a specific 13-character ISBN: