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Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)


Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)

Based on the Library of Congress system, the FHLC is the world's largest catalog, bibliography, and index of the historical sources and indexes needed by genealogists. Its platform is the key to the forthcoming GenSeek, a sister of GenealogyWise.

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Top 30 FHLC locality subject headings


 Archives and Libraries

 Bibliography

 Biography

 Business Records and Commerce

 Cemeteries

 Census

 Church Records

 Civil Registration

 Correctional Institutions

 Court Records

 Directories

 Emigration and Immigration

 Gazetteers

 Genealogy

 History

 Land and Property

 Migration, Internal

 Military Records

 Minorities

 Names, Geographical

 Names, Personal

 Native Races

 Naturalization and Citizenship

 Newspapers

 Obituaries

 Periodicals

 Probate Records

 Societies

 Taxation

 Vital Records

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Comment by Unknown Ancestor on July 24, 2009 at 11:17am
The selection of sources becomes more critical as more are records are preserved and made available online and at archives. In a private survey of several thousand researchers, the most common question was “how do I know which record to search?”

A key component for FamilyLink and GenealogyWise will be piggybacking with the world’s largest listing of original historical sources of genealogical value, namely the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC). Happily the FHLC has always been free to use, and has been online for a decade.

As announced on 14 May 2009 by, GenSeek could help lead researchers to the “quickest results”. Not necessarily the “best” sources. And users will more quickly wonder “now what do I do?” The professional catalogers of the FHLC have created a remarkable bibliographic tool in light of the numerous countries and record types represented in the 2.4 million microfilm rolls and 727,000 microfiche and 356,000 books. Now the FamilyLink family aims to allow users to annotate the FHLC.

Q. Who will support a Union Catalog of historical collections and genealogical sources, a worldwide index to genealogical projects and indexes and databases?

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