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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Family History Library Catalog now completely on WorldCat.org

One of the last things I learned at the #RootsTech 2014 was that the entire Family History Library Catalog has been loaded into the OCLC World.Cat.org catalog. Here is a screenshot showing how the entries appear in the WorldCat.org catalog:


If you are unacquainted with WorldCat.org, you should be. This is consolidated catalog of over 70,000 libraries worldwide and has over 2 billion catalog entries. There is a also a special section of the WorldCat.org catalog website dedicated to genealogy. See oclc.org/go/en/worldcat-genealogy.html. Here is a list of the types of material cataloged on WorldCat.org pertaining to genealogy:
  • Account books
  • Autobiographies
  • Cemetery records 
  • Church histories and records
  • Civil War and other military records 
  • Company information—catalogs, archives, etc.
  • Diaries and journals 
  • Family Bibles 
  • Family histories
  • Family papers
  • General genealogical resources such as directories, handbooks and magazines
  • Historic newspapers from the U.S. and other countries
  • Historic photographs—including digitized ones
  • Indexes to burial records 
  • Indexes to births, marriages and deaths 
  • Indexes to obituaries 
  • Indexes to wills 
  • Interviews and oral histories
  • Manuscripts from archives
  • Microfilmed genealogy and local history collections 
  • Oral histories 
  • Pictures
  • Probate records
  • Slavery and antislavery materials, including slave records 
  • Town histories

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