July is completely focused on providing you with genealogy tips that are …..well,….”out of the box”.
Welcome to DAY 22 of the 31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips series! Need to start at the beginning of the series or catch up? Start here.
DAY 22 – WorldCat
Discovering WorldCat and how to use it in conjunction with genealogy research was a game changer for me.
So, what is it?
WorldCat is essentially the world’s biggest card catalog for books, articles, etc. Using WorldCat enables the genealogy researcher to search libraries around the world for family history resources to advance your research.
A variety of genealogical information can be found including:
- Local area histories
- Specific family histories – I found one that include my ancestors and even named me(!)
- Records to Southern Plantations
- Religious records in a region (Ex. Methodist records in Pennsylvania)
Now It’s Your Turn!
Explore WorldCat for resources to use in your genealogy research!
Check out previous posts in the 31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips:
- Day 1 – Volunteer!
- Day 2 – Genealogy Wikis
- Day 3 – Cemetery Research
- Day 4 – Newspaper Society Pages
- Day 5 – Vertical Files
- Day 6 – Religious Periodicals
- Day 7 – Unplug Your Genealogy
- Day 8 – Cultural Periodicals
- Day 9 – Facebook Groups
- Day 10 – DNA Education
- Day 11 – Funeral Records
- Day 12 – Occupational Records
- Day 13 – School Records
- Day 14 – Civil War Veterans Homes
- Day 15 – War of 1812 Pensions
- Day 16 – Twitter Chats
- Day 17 – Mortality Schedules
- Day 18 – Non-population Schedules
- Day 19 – 1890 Census Fragments
- Day 20 – Tax Records
- Day 21 – Private Collections
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