The FamilySearch Catalog

From FamilySearch:

The Catalog is a guide to birth, marriage, and death records; census records; church registers; books; periodicals; family histories and many other records that contain genealogical information. These records may be searchable online, on microfiche or microfilm, in a book or in a computer file.

Some catalog entries in the FamilySearch include images of records. When an image is available in the catalog, a camera icon will appear to the right of the microfilm note associated with that image. A description of the images is found at News Flash! Digitized Microfilm: From the Drawer to Your Computer

Most microfilm and microfiche records can be sent to your nearest FamilySearch Center. If a particular item is available at another FamilySearch Center besides the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, then a pull-down menu will indicate the locations where the item is available.

You will find the FamilySearch Catalog online at There is also an in-depth overview of the catalog and how best to use it at the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog page in the Research Wiki.

Introducing WorldCat

Would you like to have access to one “card catalog” that lets you search libraries from all over the world? You can do just that at WorldCat ( This site not only lets you search, but when you find an interesting book, it will list the closest libraries having a copy.

That’s pretty amazing, but that’s not all. If there’s a digital copy of the book, WorldCat will let you know. Need a citation for a book? WorldCat does that too – in a number of different formats. And, if you create a free account, you have even more functionality, like building your own lists of useful reference books.

There are also free mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices so you can take WorldCat with you.