Saturday, February 22, 2014

Don't Forget to Look for Digital Books!

After receiving an email mentioning a 987 page (!) genealogy of one of my families, I was feeling sad that it's out of print.  Googling didn't find anything helpful, and suggested helpfully that the nearest copy was in a library 187 miles away.  But...clicking on the Editions link in WorldCat brought up a list of 4 editions of the book, one of which was said to be digital.  And clicking on that brought up a link to the Hathi Trust website, where the entire book is digitized, searchable, and free for anyone.

Lesson: is your friend.

And, if you're wondering, the book is The Basye Family in the United States, by Otto Basye, and the link is

Oddly enough, while Google didn't find the digital version of the book, it did find a description of Otto's papers, which were donated to the State Historical Society of Missouri.  Apparently there are approximately 4 shelf-feet of materials, largely the research for the book.

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