Thursday, 18 May 2017

Archives and Libraries at your fingertips

Investigate these North American and European repositories for genealogy resources. Guaranteed to enhance and improve planning for your research trips.

U.S.& Canada | Archive Grid | WorldCat

Archive Grid (started ca.1990s) - according to Archive Grid's website, they tested the product with feedback from academic users and genealogists. '[...] continued to make system design improvements based on their needs'. Useful for U.S. searches, however only the major archives in provinces across Canada are represented.

WorldCat (provided by OCLC) is a worldwide database of library catalogues. Very useful for international research, but content provided only if library subscribes to OCLC and uploads their bibliographic (catalogue record) details. Most large public libraries, university libraries and specialist libraries are represented.

U.S. National Library: Library of Congress   U.S. National Archives   Canada : Library and Archives Canada

- - - -  Archival Societies are another option to search for small archives in your area.

U.S.:  Society of American Archivists     Associated Organizations & Associations

Canada:   The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)  Archivaria (journal)   ACA Bulletin (Blog)
ACA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube

Library and Archives Canada - search Canadian Archives collections

- - - -   EXamples: Glenbow Archives - Lethbridge, Alberta : Interviews of Pioneers conducted in the 1970s   |    Saskatchewan Archives - Canadian Prairie Pioneer Questionnaires

U.K. |  Archives Hub |  COPAC  |  SUNCAT

These three portals are very specific to UK resources.

Use Archives Hub to find sources from over 300 archives across the UK.
Archives Hub Blog    Website FAQ   Twitter @archiveshub
     Search for only Digital content: 8,250 results found.
     Search for Canada in digital content - 2,384 results found - only 59 were marked as digital

COPAC is an affiliated site, which allows researchers to locate where a specific book can be found in a library around the UK. SUNCAT is a periodical or journals search engine, also provided by libraries from across the UK. Both are sponsored by JISC.

National Archives UK - Discovery: Find an Archive 

Archives Record Association (ARA) - lists archives in the UK that are members of the ARA

- - - -  EXamples: Maritime Libraries in the UK - index   |    SOGNet - a very special database

Archives Portal Europe - APEF  (began ca. 2012)   Article discussing the structure and purpose of APEF:


"European aggregator for archivesThe portal will help visitors not only to dig deeper into their own fields of interest, but also to discover new sources by giving an overview of the jigsaw puzzle of archival holdings across Europe in all their diversity."

The current Foundation partners are:
  • Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  
  • All of these countries are members of the ‘Assembly of Associates
  • Negotiations are proceeding with Bulgaria, Greece, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
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