Thursday, May 14, 2009

A4 binders and sheet protectors

Re: Legal-sized documents

From: caimaver@yahoo.com
DearMYRTLE,
I just saw your post about creating a binder with sheet protectors for legal-sized documents. I thought I'd add that for genealogists with lots of research from Europe, A4 is the standard size paper. This is a little longer but a little narrower than 8.5" by 11", so the ends of my documents kept sticking out of my 8.5" by 11" sheet protectors and getting bent and frayed. Since many of these documents are from Europe, they are more expensive to acquire and more difficult to replace should anything happen to them.

I finally broke down and ordered an A4 binder and a box of A4 sheet protectors from Amazon.com and I'm very glad I did! Now, after scanning these documents for filing and re-printing, I store the originals in this indexed binder where they are much better protected. My only regret is that I was unable to find a verified archival-safe A4 binder that didn't cost a mint.

Thanks for the blog post (and the reminder to keep organizing)!

DearCAI,
Thanks for the feedback. While many of Ol' Myrt's DearREADERS replied to say they are accustomed to ordering legal-sized binders, you are the first to provide a source for A4 size binders and sheet protectors. I've only just begun doing English church records research, but of course, since I am printing copies from microfilm, there is no problem getting things to fit on to an 8.5 x 11.

You know, the best part about doing this regular column is learning from my DearREADERS.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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