[open-humanities] Fwd: Concerning historic records APIs

todd.d.robbins at gmail.com todd.d.robbins at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 15:02:13 UTC 2013

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From: todd.d.robbins at gmail.com <todd.d.robbins at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Subject: Concerning historic records APIs
To: "Open Genealogy Alliance (OKFN)" <
opengenalliance at lists.openrightsgroup.org>, "open-GLAM at lists.okfn.org" <
open-glam at lists.okfn.org>

I've run into dead ends today trying to gain programmable access to
historic records via the FamilySearch API (which does not provide access to
the millions of records FS has digitized/indexed) [1] and the private
BillionGraves API (which requires a formal proposal of use to be submitted
before granting API acces) [2]. This has further reminded me of the need to
create and support open projects in the field of genealogy.

I have previously mentioned my interest is heading/steering an Open
Gravestones project to offer an open alternative to BillionGraves and Find
A Grave [3]. That interest remains and I have begun a repository here:

Also feel free to add to the Google Doc of resources/ideas for the project:

For now, what I've created is simply a web presence for the idea at this
point, but I hope to rally a few or more of you to the cause. Let's begin
the discussion here at least.


[1] https://familysearch.org/developers/docs/api/resources

[2] See for instance:

[3] Find A Grave recently revived their Terms of Service to prohibited use
of their data and any kind of web scraping as well:

Tod Robbins
Digital Collections Librarian, MLIS
todrobbins.com | @todrobbins <http://www.twitter.com/#!/todrobbins>
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