Sunday, January 25, 2009

A picture is worth 1,000 words

Last week, Ol' Myrt here challenged her DearREADERS to identify a genealogical nightmare and here are some of your responses:

Carrie Taylor wrote “I think you snuck into my home and took a picture of my desk!!!”

Dlpisaacson wrote “Are these records that "survived" the flooding from Katrina?”

Judy Burns from Oklahoma City wrote “I believe that it is census records at the National Archives.” Good guess, but not the answer Ol’ Myrt was looking for. Indeed the 1890 US Federal census records suffered from water damage when a fire broke out in the building where it was stored, rendering all but 6% unsalvageable.

Sharon Howell wrote: "I've looked at your web site and your blog. I can't find the answer to the nightmare you showed us last Tuesday, 1/13. It looks like the way my father kept his papers, but that was straightened out in 2000. I assume its from a library or archive or somewhere that is being paid to keep records safe, and they just haven't gotten to these, yet."

Amy Hawkes, obviously a regular reader said “I believe the records in the photo are the ones you referred to in your sentence: "Interesting fact: It took 6 [sic] months to flatten the rumpled Gretna Green, Scotland marriage records, so they could be scanned."


Where was the picture taken? Gretna Green, Scotland
What is the record group? Marriage records

YES, Amy, you are correct. The Gretna Green, Scotland marriage records took 18 months to flatten, and only 3 days to scan.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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