Portland Maine Directories
I have been researching my ancestors who traveled to Portland from other areas and states. The Maine Directories have been a great help in finding these people. If someone has died, they list that person’s name and the exact date they passed away. They continue to list the widow or widower until they pass away, and then they list that death date.
The information shows the personâ€™s name, address, and what he or she does for a living. It helps to fill in the gaps between the census years. I am so pleased with the information I have found there.
Barbara D. Edgar
Photo-Editing Tip for Two-Sided Documents
One way to keep print from the back of the page coming through is to save the image as a JPEG and in your photo-editing software take the saturation all the way down. It should work unless the print on back is very heavy. It also helps eliminate discoloration and water stains if they’re not too heavy. Don’t use this method if your document is in color. Adjusting the contrast can also help in some instances.
Placing the Blame
In 1891, an ancestor of my husband, Dr. William Alonzo Stanton, compiled a fantastic family history of his ancestors Thomas and Anna Lord Stanton of Connecticut. The book today is such an important avenue of family research that we call it “a family bible.” What Dr. Stanton said in his introduction to the work is fascinating; he pulled no punches. In one paragraph, he warmly thanks those who aided him in his research. Then he said:
“For those who have refused all information, who have shown a total lack of any family historic spirit, and who have been repeatedly but vainly written to for facts in their possession, I have but this warning: Your refusal to aid in this work, just to that extent has made it a failure. When you discover the absence of your name or your family, or the inaccuracy of such items as could be “picked up” about you and yours from others, have at least the grace to place the blame where it belongs–on your own negligent head, and not on the author.”
In his final paragraph, he expressed the hope that “this book will be an incentive to the future preservation of family recordsâ€ and he signed it, “I am your kinsman.”
Incidentally, the Stanton family prospered handsomely in the new world. Thomas learned Indian languages and became interpreter general for the Colonies, a marvelous story in itself.
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