GeneaBloggers sent out the following challenge this morning:
"Play with WorldCat.org. WorldCat is a massive network of library content that the public can search for free (user name and password not required). Not every library is a part of WorldCat, but the vast size of the network makes it an important genealogy tool. If you are looking for a specific book or publication, enter the identifying information into the WorldCat search box and see which libraries hold the item. You may even find that you can get the item through your library’s inter-library loan program. Don’t forget to search for some of your more unusual surnames and see what comes up. The goal is to play with WorldCat and examine its possibilities for your own research. If you’re already familiar with WorldCat, play with it again. The network and collection grow and change constantly. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with searching WorldCat for this exercise.
This challenge runs from Saturday, 30 January 2010 through Friday, 5 February 2010.
And remember - as Amy says - these should be fun exercises! Don't feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish - let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist."
And so, with the four man family lines that I research for my family I went in search of what merial was out there. [I've never been able to find alot that pertains to any of the four lines, but for the sake of the exercise I did endeavor to give it the ol' Scout try!]
On my paternal side I am researching the Bean and Faudree families. The following turned up:
Bean Family History
American Genealogical Research Institute - 1978
OLC # 51585950
The Bean Family of Maryland
Margaret Bean Langley - 1984
OLC # 11261216
NOTE: There were literally hundreds of volumes of "Bean Family" related texts, but only these 2 appeared
to relate to anything near what my "orphan" Bean's information might be in.
Faudree Family Bible Record, 1869 - 1938
Archival Material - Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA
OLC # 122323305
NOTE: The above Faudree manuscript is the only thing pertaining to my Faudree's that I saw. I may
just have to plan a trip to Richmond for this!!!
On my Maternal side there are the following two lines:
Dreher Family Bible Records, 1765 - 1834
Family Bible for descendants of John Dreher (b. 1765) and Catharine Dreher (b. 1768)
OLC # 47813841
Dreher Ancestors and Descendants
By Mildred J. Krannawitter - 1993
OLC # 31157754
Dreher Family Miscellany, 1829-1888
Manuscript Collection German Archival Material
OLC # 145787291
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I did find this an interesting challenge. And I actually did find something in the Library of Virginia that may be more than beneficial for me to view [Faudree family Bible]. While my library does not participate in the WorldCat or in interlibrary loan from out of state, I do frequent the Library of Virginia in Richmond about 3 or 4 times a year. I was not aware of this collection, and you can bet that I WILL be seeking it out!
Thanks GeneaBloggers for a great challenge!!!