OCLC and FamilySearch Announce Partnership

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OCLC and FamilySearch Announce Partnership

worldcat sassy jane genealogyOCLC and FamilySearch International announce a partnership today. The two organizations have signed an agreement that will enrich WorldCat and FamilySearch services with data from both organizations to provide users with more resources for improved genealogy research.

OCLC is the leading non-profit company providing access services to library collections through WorldCatFamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world.

This partnership means that information on the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will show up in WorldCat searches. FamilySearch will use OCLC cataloging services going forward and OCLC will incorporate the information from FamilySearch’s catalog of genealogical materials into WorldCat search results. No need to search FamilySearch separately. Great news!

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Bonnie 6 March 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Are there any specific collections in WorldCat that will now be searchable through FamilySearch? Which organization has the better search engine?

  2. Sassy Jane Genealogy 6 March 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Hi Bonnie:

    WorldCat doesn’t have digitized collections itself. It is a union catalog – aka a giant catalog of materials held in thousands of libraries in the U.S. BUT you will get better search results once FamilySearch adds its holdings to WorldCat.

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