One of the "lookup providers" is Genlighten (www.GenLighten.com), headed by Dean Richardson of Chicago. Dean started this website and service two years ago and it looks like it has matured into a workable system - where researchers can be connected with a local researcher who performs a record lookup in a distant place, and receive it for a nominal fee. Genlgihten takes a small commission fee from the lookup provider.
Here is the www.Genlighten.com home page - on the "Genealogy Researcher" tab:
The home page defines how the Genlighten process works for the researcher -
* You come to Genlighten looking for source documents from remote repositories
* You select a Genlighten lookup provider with access to the document you want
* The provider finds your document, scans it, and uploads it to your Genlighten account
* You download or print your document at Genlighten.com
If you want to be a "lookup provider," the "Lookup Provider" tab shows:
The how it works process is defined on this page as:
* Create a Provider Profile to help clients see your background and expertise
* Offer lookups for records you know well and can access readily
* Keep track of lookup requests you receive and communicate easily with your clients
* Upload the documents you retrieve in digital form and receive client payments
This process, from both the researcher and provider views, seems to be logical, simple and efficient.
Dean's wife, Cynthia, writes the Chicago Genealogy blog (http://chicagogenealogy.blogspot.com) and has been providing Chicago area lookups since 2003.
Cynthia posted a 67-slide presentation in her post Introducing Genlighten.com on her blog in November (and Dean should put a link to it on the Genlighten page):
If this service interests you, from either the researcher or provider angle, I recommend that you investigate Genlighten and consider it for your research needs.