A quick search for “genealogy” in the lending library section of Open Library returned 164 books – most of them ebooks available to borrow. A quick scan shows that most were published in the 20th century. I found a genealogy of a pre-Revolution Charleston family that could give some insight on my Gervais family, but it was checked out. I did subscribe to the book’s activity feed so I’ll know when it’s checked back in.
It also dawned on me that subscribing to the activity of genealogy or history books related to your research might be a way to discover others researching your families and locations. So, now you can stalk the stacks of Open Library from your desktop newsreader.
Amazing what you can do with technology.