T here’s a National Finding Aid Network coming! OCLC brings us WorldCat and other research databases. Recently they announced a partnership with leading libraries and technology companies in this exciting new project.
Finding Aids for Genealogy Research
Finding aids are tools that help researchers find records in archives. Usually, a finding aid is a specific document, with standard categories that describe a collection of records. Archival collections have many records for US and international family history research. But they can be hard to find on the web. So with a National Finding Aid Network, genealogists will be able to search in one place to discover archival materials all over the US.
What Does This Mean for Genealogists?
Some states in green have banded together to make their own finding aid network, usually known as a portal. The new National Finding Aid Network will help archives in red, blue, and yellow states make their archives easily available for searching and use.
They are also talking to archivists and archival researchers (like us) about the elements of the National Finding Aid Network that would be most useful to us.
How to Find Genealogy Records in Archives Today
Yes, this project will take awhile to be available to researchers. So, right now, you have to know where to search. If you would like to know more, book my presentations on these topics for your group.
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is a genealogy researcher and educator. After a long career in libraries and archives, Nancy now writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and U.S. and European records. She appears frequently at regional, national, and international genealogy conferences. She recently completed two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy classes on Nordic research and reading German handwriting and Fraktur.