This would be me at the Georgia Archives looking at microfilm. I would love to know if there are any blog readers out there that have never used a microfilm (or microfiche) reader. Back in the olden days this is all we had other than books and trips to the courthouse. I can’t even tell you how many hours I spent glued to one of these things. The one I am using here is a fancy one. This is the first time I have used one that allows you to download the images directly to a flash drive. I have since learned that this is actually an older model and there are even fancier machines out there. Living in the sticks does have its disadvantages sometimes.
I just worry that new researchers rely too heavily on the internet because it is so available and easy to use. The problem is that the internet only has a mere fraction of what the Family History Center, the National Archives and the State Archives have on microfilm. There are also many records that have never even been microfilmed or digitized and you will only find those by visiting the state archives or courthouses in person. Please don’t limit yourself to just the internet because all it will do for you is build a lot of brick walls.
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