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Where Is Largest Family History & Genealogy Library Located?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:10 pm
by bimjim
Where Is The World's Largest Family History & Genealogy Library Located?

According to the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, it is the "Largest library of its kind in the world." The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. (13 JAN 2012).
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/libra ... eddeweylds

Additionally, "In the FamilySearch Research Wiki, you can learn how to do genealogical research or share your knowledge with others." Melvyl® Legacy Telnet Database Browse Current - Miscellaneous Consolidation - WorldCat®, includes an additional consolidation of selected FamilySearch categories, within each of the UC Melvyl® catalog sections, for all worldwide locations.
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvylbrowsemisc.htm

The Library of Congress is billed as the largest library in the world, "by shelf space and number of books." "In late November 2005, the Library announced intentions to launch the World Digital Library, digitally preserving books and other objects from all world cultures."
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/libra ... ernational

WorldCat® "is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials .", with "1.5 billion items available here through a library" WorldCat® :(dated 14 Jan 2012) Search results for "genealog*" limited to Libraries Worldwide (WorldCat®) Results of about 807,257. [COMPARE] WorldCat® :(dated 14 Jan 2012) Search results for 'genealog* periodicals' limited to Libraries Worldwide (WorldCat®) Results of about 16,138 [COMPARE]
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvy ... m#research

So where does the world's largest family history and genealogy library exist? Is it somewhere together, between them all, within a nebulous computer cloud?
http://hothardware.com/News/Cloud-Compu ... ous-Shape/

Yes. The worldwide accessible . database, connected by institutions via the Internet.
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/books ... .htm#Edpub

This digital library is a virtual library in which collections of genealogy and family history related materials, "are stored in digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and accessible by computers", or computer networks. This "type of information retrieval system", is electronically transmitted to Internet patrons who do not need to be physically present at the source depository. There are two information scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, who believe that "soon it will be technologically possible for an average person to access virtually all recorded information." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_library

The shape of the future appears in a study of the University of California Melvyl® System.
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvy ... istory.htm

A. Melvyl® Library System Catalogs
1. http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvy ... m#catalogs

B. Melvyl® Library System Subject Headings
2. http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvy ... htm#Browse

WorldCat®: University of California Libraries: provides current information on specific entries listed above, (full holdings, locations, call numbers, etc.); or, to find new additions in the entire collection.
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvylcatmisc.htm

The general search can be done by subject or keywords; for example, use: "genealog*", etc., for the record collection.
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/melvy ... htm#SEARCH

Google™ (California + Google) provides additional, immediate free or subscription . access to records. Check resources with collections at Salt Lake City, Utah Family History Library. Use: Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog and Deciphering Family History Library Catalog Entries.
http://www.cdlib.org/services/collectio ... books.html

For example, "UC libraries partner with Google to digitize books", has about 60,000 family history, or genealogy related records, in its current system, which will provide, when ., about one sixth of the volume of "356,000 books, serials, and other formats" located at the SLC, Utah, LDS Family History Library.
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/n ... aug09.html

As Google™ Books Library Partners increases, the number of select, family history and genealogy records . proportionately increases. The process ultimately will provide an . database of information, that freely includes out of copyright resources, with more restricted, paid public access to currently published or in copyright data resources. This nebulous computer cloud will transcend any local institutional collection.
http://books.google.com/googlebooks/partners.html