Be sure to follow the rules when requesting or performing
Rules for Lookup Volunteers
Volunteers may do unlimited lookups if and only if:
- The lookup volunteer is the actual author and copyright holder of
- The lookup volunteer is using primary source documents ... whether
they are treking to the courthouse or using their own xeroxed copies
of public domain documents.
- The lookup volunteer has written permission from the author / copyright
holder to use their publication for lookups
- Volunteers may be able to make certain limited scope lookups in copyrighted
publications under the "fair use" provisions of existing law.
- Potential volunteers are encouraged to review the explanations of
copyright protection, especially the "fair use" provisions,
available elsewhere on the Web.
Rules for Lookup Requests
- Mention the name of the book in your message. Our volunteers aren't
mind-readers and they may not remember which books they volunteered
- Make your requests for lookups limited in scope. "Tell me everything
about the Smiths" is too broad.
Researchers should not ask, nor may lookup volunteers offer, to violate
copyright laws in responding to requests for lookups in any copyrighted
material. For more information on Copyright infringement, please visit
As a USGenWeb volunteer, web designer, graphic artist
and copyright holder,
I uphold copyrights and frown on infringement.