Worldcat.org is a free online service that connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. It is a wonderful resource for genealogy and history researchers.
Once you find a book, reference, CD, etc that you would like to access further, you can use your public or university library card to arrange an interlibrary loan or get further information.
WorldCat.org lets you:
- Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
- Find books, music, and videos to check out
- Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded
- Link to “Ask a Librarian” and other services at your library
- Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about it
You may need to have an active offline membership with a WorldCat library to view/download content or check out materials through its Web site.
Quebec Genealogy on Worldcat
I used Worldcat.org to see what was available for “Quebec genealogy” resources.
That search alone (on the entire collection of books, CDs etc) produced 8553 results! Obviously I needed to narrow it down a little.
I added “Eastern Townships” to the search “Quebec genealogy” and was able to narrow it down to 74 hits. The Eastern Townships is mostly English Quebec and where my ancestors settled.
That search gave me great information including:
All great finds which I plan to check out further.
I strongly recommend that you search worldcat.org. Who knows you just might find that Surname Family History book that features your family!
[This search was the result of Amy Coffin’s challenge (from the We Tree blog) for “52 Weeks to Better Genealogy”. Thanks Amy for introducing us to another great online tool for genealogy research.]