User:AdkinsWH/Sandbox Closer to home access/services
The closer you can get to an original document, the better. Originals usually contain important clues that were missed or misread in indexes or transcripts.
This page offers options for accessing an original document or searching a set of records that is not convenient for searching yourself. Although a United States focus, many of the methods apply to other countries.
The intent is to help Wiki users by collecting pertinent Wiki articles and Internet links into one central location. Writers are encouraged to update, strengthen, and link to this page as appropriate.
Get a [photo] copy
When all you need is a copy of a few pages, many libraries and archives provide a copy service — often called "look-ups." They do not do actual research, so you must identify:
- Exactly which book or set of records from which to copy pages
- Their call number for the item
- The name(s) to copy from an index [including variant spellings]
- The page number(s) to be copied from the book or record
In many cases, it is a two-step process. First to copy from the index, which they send to you. Second, to copy the exact pages you then request.
Remember, YOU are the researcher, they are your eyes and hands.
|There are per-copy fees for these services in most cases. Suggestion: If you don't know their fees, contact them before ordering.|
The following Wiki articles and links are helpful:
- Photoduplication Services FamilySearch Library
- National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection with links to look-ups and inter-library loan
- Allen County Public Library offers look-up and (periodical) article-copy services
- Interlibrary loan Copy Request
- Duplication services Library of Congress
See also United States Archives and Libraries and the Archives and Libraries section of a specific state or nation. Many provide look-up services. However, that the first objective of most archives is to preserve the collections. Staffing or other restrictions may not allow for look-up services.
Order a book or microfilm
- Inter-library loan
- Buying, Borrowing, or Searching a Book
- Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche FamilySearch Library
- Books cannot be borrowed from the FamilySearch Library. This article gives ideas and alternatives.
- National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection
- Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center Mid-Continent Public Library
- Duplication services Library of Congress. Select the type of collection. Instructions will be given as to how to obtain a copy.
See also the Archives and Libraries wiki page for each state, as many participate in inter-library loan.
You may want to view the tutorial "Ancestors Season 1: Libraries and Archives" at the FamilySearch Learning Center.
Nearby libraries or digitized books
The book you need may be in a nearby library, rather than doing inter-library loan. There are several free, online services you can use:
[WA to here]AdkinsWH 20:31, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
- Jstore has just introduced -- adding more and more to free access; subscription -- put under online -- journals and index to journals most not available. Main window to access. subscription at FSL. See Jame's blog for articles.
- Jstor per Wikipedia
Have the records searched
Just ideas AdkinsWH 20:34, 26 June 2013 (UTC) In this case, you will obtain the services of a record searcher -- someone who is skilled in searching a specific set of records, a collection, or who has access to the records of an area. They may or may not be professional genealogists,
What you have to provide
What to expect from them
How to find them
Go there yourself
Ideas to develop
- Go with societies or groups
- Local societies often have field trips of their area
- Plan your own trip
- Work with someone who is familiar with the records and the area (local people with collections, groups, the little things you could not know)
- Archives tips
Article gathering place
- Balhuizen, Anne Ross. Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 B198s.
- MacEntee, Thomas, A Trip To Bountiful Genealogy Research Plan a research trip
- Take your family on a research trip
- Tips for visiting the FamilySearh Library
- Tips for visiting the Allen County Public Library
- Plan a Research Trip to Wales
- On-site Research in Poland
- Onsite research in Germany
- Romania Archives and Libraries
- User:National Institute sandbox 15G Incorporate this when they export it to public space
Cemeteries Before visiting cemeteries in foreign lands, consider cultural, religious, and social differences.
Hire a genealogist
Click to the Archives and Libraries page for a state below. Browse websites and online catalogs for a town, county, or state, and for an unlimited array of subjects or keywords to find items that you wand to access via the Internet or by using the ideas offered on this page to Get a copy.
about the town, county, or state, or for
For archives and libraries, click a state below: