Why You Should Be Using WorldCat Now!
Two billion items. Don’t assume that means two billion books because it doesn’t. No doubt that would be great but like other library catalogs, it includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, thesis/dissertations, archival materials, articles, newspapers, and more. So basically all the materials that we should be searching for when we research our ancestors.
What can you find on WorldCat?:
- Local histories for the place your ancestor lived
- Transcriptions of cemeteries
- Indexes for vital records
- Images of your ancestors hometown
- Family history books
- Dissertations detailing the historical era of your ancestor
- Archival materials that document your ancestor’s membership group
Basically you can find anything having to do with the place, occupation, religion, or events that your ancestor was involved in.
Are you familiar with WorldCat? No? One of my favorite resources, WorldCat is an important tool for genealogy researchers that can make the difference between finding information you need to document your ancestor and coming up short.
WorldCat describes itself as “the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.” What’s important for you to know is that WorldCat is the world’s library catalog with 2 billion items from 10,000 libraries.