Using WorldCat for Genealogy: Thinking Outside the Chart. Presented by Callie B. McGinnis Dean of Libraries Columbus State University Columbus, Georgia. Presentation Outline. I. What is WorldCat? II. What are the basic uses of WorldCat for genealogy?
Callie B. McGinnis
Dean of Libraries
Columbus State University
I. What is WorldCat?
II. What are the basic uses of WorldCat for genealogy?
III. Using WorldCat for family history
VI. Barriers to WorldCat’s usage in genealogical/family history research
Understand what WorldCat is
Envision all the ways it can be used for genealogical research
WorldCAT:a database containing65+ million bibliographic records contributed by over 9,000 libraries
John Brown, b. 1667, Barbados, d. 1714, Maryland; m. Ann Smith, b. 1673, Maryland, d. 1727, Maryland; m. 1693, Maryland.
Children: John, 1695-1743; Robert, 1698-1625; Ann, 1700-1762.
If it’s a journal – relationshipstry to contact the society that publishes it to see if an index is available; then request photocopies of relevant articles via ILL
Try to borrow the item from a library that is not located near the locale treated in the publication
Consider visiting the nearest library that owns the item if you cannot borrow it
Consider trying to purchase the item
The basic effort in family history is to put your ancestor in context
The “culture of now” and the misconception that everything is on the web
Aversion to traditional research methodology
Complicated Interlibrary Loan processes and fees
Reference librarians who avoid “genies”