There are a several libraries within 50 miles of my house that have significant genealogical holdings. When I need a specific book most of the time I can run it through WorldCat and it will be available at one of these libraries. Most libraries are connected to WorldCat so I can sit at home and browse this collective card catalog while I am sipping my tea. Even if the book isn’t available within driving distance I will still know where the book is and I can call or write the library to request a lookup.
Let’s say I know of a book that I would like to search for a specific piece of information. I search for that book in WorldCat and I find which library has the book. I will enter a To-Do task in Legacy and attach that repository (library) to it. I can then filter my To-Dos by repository and print out a list. For example, I will be going to the Augusta-Richmond County Library next week. They have a “Georgia Heritage Room” up on the second floor that is packed with genealogical books and microfilm. Before I go I will sort my To-Do list and print only those that are for the Augusta-Richmond County Library. I will get a list of the books I want to look through and this list will also tell me exactly what I am looking for. There will be a space for me to jot down notes. Normally I just take digital photos of the cover, title page and whichever pages inside interest me but having a place to write a few notes on the same piece of paper as the list of books is nice. It keeps things organized.
I mentioned this in the Everything in one place blog post. This is yet another way I keep as much as I can in ONE computer program.
I would like to also point out that libraries in general are just wonderful. This is one thing that I don’t mind paying taxes for. I certainly get my money’s worth because I use the library system A LOT. I borrow books, I borrow DVDs, I use interlibrary loan, I look at microfilm I give presentations there, I attend meetings there, I attend special events there and two of my daughters work at the local library which is really nice. One of the books I want to look at when I go to the Augusta-Richmond County Library next week is the Dictionary of American Family Names by Patrick Hanks which costs $451.25 to own. I can go to the library and look through it for free. You can’t beat that.
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