Tuesday, August 02, 2005

READERS' FEEDBACK: Railroads, letters, OCLC & more

-- Railroad death
-- Old letters, postcards & telegrams
-- OCLC for genealogists
-- Ordering microfilm to view online
-- Decorative pins for Antimacassars & Chesterfields

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RAILROAD DEATH
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From: juanita2@cox.net
DearMYRTLE,
RE: Railroad death
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0803.htm
Something that may be of help to person researching the railroad death: I found that the death of an ancestor due to a RR accident was challenged in court. Perhaps the researcher should check the county court house where the person resided (or the county where the accident occurred if other than place of residence,) to see if a law suit may have been filed against the railroad in connection with the death.

This is an interesting website to bookmark about RR accidents. Probably too recent to be of help here, but may be good for future research:
http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/accidents/index.html

Also another: http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/accipage.Html

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OLD LETTERS, POSTCARDS & TELEGRAMS
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From: rutucker@cfu.net
DearMYRTLE,
RE: Old letters, postcards & telegrams
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0802.htm

To add to this discussion, after opening the letters and laying flat, be sure to keep the envelope with the letter. This verifies dates and places which may not always be present in the body of the letter.

From: janetsanford@juno.com
DearMYRTLE,
Thank you for the information on preserving all of my Uncle’s letters. You were very helpful. I am going to take them to the printers tomorrow. Selfishly, I am not ready to part with the letters right yet. But giving them to The US Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, is a great idea. Just seeing the difference in his handwriting as the war progressed is heartbreaking. -- Again thank you, Janet.

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OCLC FOR GENEALOGISTS
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From: Dorinne
DearMYRTLE,
RE:
-- Reader's Reply: OCLC for Genealogists
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0716.htm
-- OCLC: What is it and how can it help genealogists?
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0714.htm

I tried OCLC with my library card and it works like a dream. I downloaded PDF Rev War files of some ancestors and then was able to put them in Family Tree Maker in Scrapbook. -- Thanks so much for putting the information on.

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ORDERING MICROFILM
TO VIEW ONLINE
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From: Teresa Elliott [
mailto:cheasa@bellsouth.net]
DearMYRTLE,
RE: UPATE 2005: The Internet, Genealogists & the Future - Part 7
Most of us would totally agree with this, and I know I'd gladly pay $6 to see the films I need digitized and then put online. Maybe they could set up and adopt a roll of film program. Each county at
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www.USGenWeb.com
--
www.RootsWeb.com mailing lists
could [spread the word] that you could adopt a roll and for a small fee you could help get that county's rolls microfilmed and online. Even if we added in a fee for the online work and organization, we'd still be looking at the cheapest fee per roll any of us have ever seen, and once it's online, it would be free for future users from then on. Then you could not only view the films, but instead of spending time scanning them, you could just link to the website.

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DECORATIVE PINS FOR
ANTIMACASSARS & CHESTERFIELDS
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From: JTracey
DearMYRTLE,
RE: Decorative pins for Antimacassars & Chesterfields
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0728.htm

I use the upholstery pins all the time, the package I have is from the Dritz (sewing notions, I believe) Company of Spartanburg, SC. I've had these since 1999, they were $ .99 for 10 pins back then. They are labeled on the package as 'Twist Pins", and show a picture of an upholstered chair on the back, saying

'holds slipcovers, mattress pads and doilies in place."

I was not familiar with the word "antimacassar', so I went to my Heritage dictionary and this is their explanation, which fits exactly this discussion:

an.ti.ma.cas.sar n. A protective covering for the backs of chairs and sofas. [anti- + Macassar, a brand of hair oil.
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DearREADERS,
Keep those cards & letters, er, well, emails coming folks! Your input is invaluable to the genealogy discussion.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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