American Folklife

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

American Folklife refers to the way of life and certain traditions kept by various communities and ethnic groups. They are often passed down from one person to another over multiple generations. Folk dances, folk songs, crafts, foods, games, holidays, and other traditions define a community's folklife.

The Library of Congress has published an amazing collection of archives relating to American Folklife. Visit their site and search or browse to find the topic of your interest. For example, search the town or state your family lived in. The local folklife helps add interest to your family history and may help solve puzzles, too. You never know what you will find. Perhaps you will find some familiar traditions and stories!

Visit to get started. Feel free to share your finds in the comments below!

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