I'm proposing that we incorporate the following so that we're very clear on the subject.
A note on 'lookup requests'
Questions asking for somebody to perform a lookup on a site/at an archives that is not accessible to the asker will be closed as off-topic, or (if part of a wider question) edited to remove the lookup request.
This is because:
Lookup requests are never useful to anyone except the requester, which is contrary to our aim "to build a comprehensive library of answers to questions about genealogy and family history" intended to have wide relevance to all family history and genealogy researchers.
Many online record providers have Terms of Service and/or copyright restrictions that prohibit or limit performing searches for other individuals and/or publishing the results of such searches online. We are not willing to condone blatantly asking members of our community to breach the Terms of Service for websites they use and/or relevant laws.
But, I NEED a lookup!
You have a few options.
If you know exactly what you want and where it is, try Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness or another site which links people offering to do lookups with people needing a lookup.
Hire a professional researcher, or pay an archive to provide a copy of a record -- this may be the best option if you're physically unable to visit some archives and RAOGK etc. have not provided results for a simple lookup.
Ask a question that describes what you're trying to achieve, what sources you've already consulted, and what sources you haven't consulted (yet) and why.
- Suggest alternative approaches to meet your research needs (including accessible online sources that you weren't aware of).
- Advise you of an online source for the information you seek, without actually reproducing the search results.
- Provide a transcription or partial image of a relevant source (with details of where it comes from) -- in which case we trust the person answering to ensure they're compliant with ToS/relevant laws when they do this.
Answers that explain how to find the information are more useful than answers that simply provide the information.