Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Family History Library Catalog 2.0 | Paul Allen

Family History Library Catalog 2.0 | Paul Allen
At a press conference in Kansas City at the National Genealogical Society annual we announced a partnership between FamilySearch and to publish the Family History Library Catalog -- the largest single database of genealogy sources in the world -- in Web 2.0 fashion.

This means that individual genealogists, librarians, archivists, and others from around the world will be able, when the Catalog 2.0 comes online in the coming months, to enhance and extend the value of the catalog. Users will be able to add new sources that are currently in the library catalog, and thus extend its scope of coverage. They will be able to improve the source descriptions, and even rate and review sources as to their usefulness.

The new catalog, which will be available via both and in the future, may become the single best starting point for family history searches, the way Yahoo used to be the best place to find any web site, and may help any researcher quickly see which sources will help the most, and which other researchers have used those sources previously.


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