Sunday, September 18, 2005

LA Records and Salt Lake City Visit

From: Charles Royall
cnroyall@wcc.net
DearMYRTLE,
I am very concerned about the old state and parish original records inLA. Most old records are kept in courthouse basements and that is thefirst place to flood. New Orleans has excellent old records going backto 1600s. In all of the reports on the damages there, I have not heardanything about the loss of any records, banking, tax, school, medicaletc. The list of potential loss of records is beyond the imagination.

Having done a lot of research in LA. and actually getting to handle theoriginal records was a real pleasure. I just hope and pray that it willstill be available and not lost for ever.As far as the Salt Lake Family History Library goes, I drove over 2500miles there and back and was disappointed. Never got in the front door.The only parking that I could find was at curbside parking meters with arate of .25 for 20 minutes.There were about 20 steps leading up to the front door. I can not negotiate steps in a wheel chair.

Stayed in Salt Lake for 5 days enjoying other things in the area, butdid not get to do what I went there for. For all practical purposes itwas an expensive and wasted trip. Average cost to stay and eat in SaltLake for 2 persons was $175.00 per day plus the motels and gas to getthere and back. That was $1600.00 dollars that I could have used inother research.

From: DearMYRTLE,
DearCHARLIE,
I think your letter is exactly why I should open a bed & breakfast, and cater to folks. May I share your email with my other readers?

From: Charles Royall
cnroyall@wcc.net
DearMYRTLE,
Please do. I think it needs to be placed on the list. If they had ahandicapped entrance I could not find it. There are a lot of us olderfolks doing research. You could keep a bed and breakfast full ofresearchers. Thanks.

From: DearMYRTLE,
DearCHARLIE,
First let me say I have been very concerned about the preservation of original documents. Sometimes the microfilming process can make a fleckin the old-style paper look like a comma in a person's name. There is nothing to replace the feeling of working through dusty oldcourthouses, though I don't miss the sneezing. The terrible destructionin Louisiana & Mississippi and now the Atlantic coast is, as you say, impossible to imagine.

Regarding SLC: Since you first wrote, ol' Myrt here has been wracking her brain to figure out where the 20 steps are, for I recall the FHL has a flat entrance. I agree that the parking is terrible. I think theDUP Daughters of Utah Pioneers building has the steps you mention. Bu tin the time since you last visited SLC, I believe that the ADA requirements for handi-capable access has come into play. I've seen a number of people in the FHL in wheel chairs. In fact, last year's remodeling project makes it easier to get around in my opinion. But all this confusion is exactly why I should do a small bed & breakfast, at least six months of the year. I could pick my guests up at the airport, and bring them home. Each morning we could have a genealogy power breakfast then I could drop you off at the library, take the car home and walk back to the library to go through the research process with you.

In an email with another reader, Dolly in Maryland, I considered what impact the full online access in six years to the 3 million rolls ofmicrofilm will have on the the use of the Family History Library. But then I remembered all the newly published books, county histories,society newsletters and surname books that won't be part of the onlineresources due to copyright issues.Hmmmm, this is getting to be a serious possibility, a partial move toSLC.

If I really plan ahead, I can drive west each year from Florida(to escape the hurricanes?) do a few seminars along the way, then spend six months in Salt Lake. Hmmm. This is fun to work on these plans. I already have someone booked for the first month.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Bradenton, FL 34207
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