Should we start building a research library?

+12 votes

Every so often the question arises in G2G about not universally accessible sources, be they behind a pay-wall or in book form. We have volunteers willing to do look-ups in their area, we have language volunteers willing to translate. How about those of us who have printed resources not available on the internet? Could we create a page where we list those resources, provided we are willing to do look-ups for people without access to them?

I recently ran into a situation with an out-of-print publication with the nearest library having it 4000 miles away per WorldCat, and therefore, unable to get it via interlibrary loan. Not that I would expect that this plan would be a solution to this particular problem, but may be over time we could build a useful research library that way. Just a thought.

in The Tree House by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (542k points)

I'm actually working on an app that will track research requests and will store things people have available to do lookups in, languages they can translate into, or places people are willing to travel to. Inspired by this G2G post.

It probably won't be done for at least a month so a page would be good in the meantime.

I think this is long overdue. There are a number of accessible resources that are not all collected in one place.

4 Answers

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by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Kathy Zipperer
Wow, what a great resource! I never knew about this. I feel like the yearbook I have from 1926 could be useful to people if their ancestors attended that school.
It's probably a little underused at this point. But I see that it's grown considerably since I put in my two.
That is great! The problem to me seems to be it's not really very visible and easy to find - or else I might have avoided this post.
Do you have a suggestion on how to make it more visible / easier to find. Where would you put a link? Where did you look?
Not neglecting the question, just have to leave right now. Will get back to this later.
I think it could have better visibility with it's own listing "Sources" on the "Find" drop-down. It could have then a sub-listing for books and magazines and one for websites. Ultimately, with larger numbers of sources those could then be subdivided by region.
Well that would certainly make it easier to find.
+5 votes

And though it isn't exactly what you have in mind, we do have volunteer lookups on's_Library They are listed at the bottom of the page.  I think all the rest are links to on-line books.  

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (553k points)
I think I went to your library when I was new to WikiTree.  Just looking over it now:  I'll be back.  What a fabulous collection, Kitty.  Bravo!
Kitty, I think your space page could also have better visibility if listed under a "Sources" tab (See my comment to Anne B's answer above).

"I think it could have better visibility with it's own listing "Sources" on the "Find" drop-down."

Please post this idea with further explanation on WikiTree Tech so that the sysops are sure to see it.  Thanks!  

+4 votes
I'm in a bit of a quandary about how to answer this.  I do have a reasonable collection of biographies and genealogies related to European nobility and royalty (no surprises there) and I'm happy to list those somewhere.

However although I've used them to either update biographies or answer g2g questions, I would have problems, I think, offering a look-up service, and if I did, I couldn't guarantee it would be very prompt, given other demands on my time.

Is there some sort of midway ground?
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
Perhaps one would need to make a distinction between "Good sources in print" generally with a listing of the books alone and a subsection of "I have the book and can do look-ups".
I think this is a great idea.  there are membership free soures online, but we don't seem to share them very well.  I think a "sources" tab would help a lot.  A place for some links to archived books, for example.
+3 votes
I've noticed that some projects, such as the one for Quebecois, list a lot of resources.  It seems logical to list them under the projects that use them.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
Great idea!

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