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Source: OCLC’s Cooperative E-News,  March 2010 | Vol. 1, No. 5 | ISSN: 2152-8993

“Genealogists around the world have fully embraced blogging and social networking tools as part of their routine sleuthing protocols. But have they uncovered the countless clues that WorldCat libraries provide? We did some investigative research of our own to find out.

It wasn’t long before we came across a challenge of blogospheric proportions—fit for the surfing-savvy: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy. The creator of this challenge is (of course) a librarian, blogger and genealogist, Amy Coffin, who lives in Texas.

“Each week’s assignment is designed to encourage genealogists to trace their roots using tools that are available through library resources,” said Taneya Koonce, librarian, genealogy researcher and a follower of 52 Weeks. “Week 5 of the series has particular emphasis here because the goal was to encourage hundreds of geneabloggers to explore and I’m a huge personal fan of WorldCat.”

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