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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 all pertinent Wiki articles 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:

  1. Exactly which book or set of records from which to copy pages
  2. Their call number for the item
  3. The name(s) to copy from an index [including variant spellings]
  4. 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.

Basically, YOU are the researcher, they are your eyes and hands.

The following Wiki articles and links are helpful:

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

[WA - Not yet prioritized]

See also the Archives and Libraries wiki page for each state, as many participate in inter-library loan.

  • Library of Congress -- needs it's own explanation Often digitized and sent to a library and read in the library.

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:

  • 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.

Have the records searched

Go there yourself

Ideas to develop

  • Go with societies or groups
    • Local societies often have field trips of their area
  • Plan your own trip
  • Archives tips

Article gathering place

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: