Sunday, December 29, 2013
Family History Library Items now appear in WorldCat.org
Entries from the Family History Library Catalog began showing up in WorldCat.org. What this means is that if you are searching in the 2 billion entries in WorldCat.org's catalog, it will show if the items you find are in the Family History Library. Why is this good news? Well you also get an immediate indication if the item is found in any other library. I would suggest that this is one of the most important things that has happened so far this year to advance research into the Family History Library. I suggest that it might also increase traffic at the Family History Library when people begin seeing all of the resources available.
There are still a number of good reasons to search for items first in the Family History Library catalog directly. This is especially true if you are researching in the Library itself. But considering the huge number of times I end up searching in WorldCat.org, finding things in the Family History Library is a bonus. How many times you use WorldCat.org is a pretty good gauge of the amount of research you are doing online. As a genealogist it is indispensable and now it is even more so with the Family History Library connection.