OCLC and FamilySearch partnership will combine resources for richer genealogy research experience
OCLC and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organisation in the world, have signed an agreement that will enrich WorldCat and FamilySearch services with data from both organisations to provide users with more resources for improved genealogy research.
Under this new partnership, OCLC will incorporate data from FamilySearch’s catalogue of genealogical materials into WorldCat, and FamilySearch will use OCLC cataloguing services to continue to catalogue its collections in WorldCat. FamilySearch will also use the WorldCat Search API to incorporate WorldCat results into search results returned by FamilySearch genealogy services.
FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the discovery and preservation of family histories and stories, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records, and collaborating with others who share this vision.
The collections of FamilySearch include historic documents of genealogical value such as civil registration records; church records; and probate, census, land, tax and military records. The collection also contains compiled sources such as family histories, clan and lineage genealogies, oral pedigrees and local histories. FamilySearch has also been a pioneer in the use of technology and processes for image capture, digital conversion, preservation, online indexing and online access. FamilySearch has operated on OCLC’s OLIB library management system since 1996 to manage the vast metadata in its catalogue.
FamilySearch offers a unique service to users around the world through its network of more than 4,600 family history centers. In each center, trained FamilySearch volunteers provide individualized help for family history patrons seeking access to records and the information they contain.