WorldCat for Genealogy: A Secret Weapon

I love finding tools that make my workflow easier, and WorldCat is one of the “secret weapons” that makes my research easier and more effective.

As you might guess, WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog and is available online. Instead of searching the card catalog of individual libraries, WorldCat allows you to obtain results from all of their member libraries, which include public, university, and state libraries in addition to sites like HathiTrust. While visitors can search without registering, what I love about WorldCat is the functionality available to registered users. Registering is free and gives users three great tools: favorite libraries, lists, and tags. Read More »

Genealogy Research: Start Simple

I attended Heritage Day at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley last weekend. It was a great program (and free!) and in addition to hearing 2 fantastic seminars by Sharon Hodges, I was able to help solve a genealogy brick wall. The attendee sitting next to me was discussing a photo of her great grandfather in an unidentified uniform, and my curiosity got the best of me and I asked to see the photo. She wanted to discover what service and war (if any) the uniform was from and was not having any luck.

What we started with… Read More »