been researching for some time now and would like to discover additional genealogical
Try using WorldCat, the largest library catalog in the
world. It might very well point you in
the direction of previously unexplored resources that may provide further information
about your ancestor.
Note: Remember also that Genealogists.com provides access to over 1,000 of the worlds archives and repositories for records. Between WorldCat and Genealogists.com, you will be able to gain access to the 90% plus records that are not yet available online.
operated by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and is an online catalog of
many library collections. The
FamilySearch Catalog (previously called the Family History Library Catalog) is
now indexed in WorldCat. As a result,
searching in WorldCat displays information in the FSC, as well as in other
libraries. This is the first time the
FSC has been included in any other catalog.
something in WorldCat that you want to examine in the Family History Library, simply
click the link to go to the FSC for details.
If a digital copy is available, you may be able to download the PDF (Portable
Document Format)— and unlike Google Books, these books are completely
searchable. Even if there is no digital
copy available on the FSC, you can view the FSC description and the format it appears
in, e.g., hardcopy, microfilm, etc. You can also send us a request and we will send you the digital records within a few days.
contains the ArchiveGrid discovery interface, which aids in family history
research by providing access to over 2 million archival material descriptions, such
as documents, personal papers, and family histories held by thousands of
libraries, museums, and historical societies. Click here for for additional details as well as this link on Wikipedia.
four examples of searches you can perform on WorldCat:
cemeteries in the area where your family lived, and then research those
cemeteries for family members who may be buried there.
geographic area histories
to learn more about the area where your ancestor lived? Perform a search using the county, township,
or other territory name to discover what information you can learn.
has written a history about your family; perform a search using your family
name in addition to the area — in this case, “county” — name.
trying to determine your ancestors’ place of worship? By entering words such as
“church”, “mosque”, “synagogue”, “parish” “temple”, etc., you might discover ecclesiastical
records that include your family names.
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