Uncle Sam Made Me Do It…
An ancestor of my husband who served in the Civil War found when he tried to receive his pension that his name was listed incorrectly. After many, many efforts, he still could not receive the funds. (Just try to change the government’s â€œfactsâ€!)
So, years later he simply applied under the spelling the government had listed and received the pension from then on; his family continued on with the spelling. On the bright side, since they spelled the surname differently, it was easy to know the line I descended from at the time of the Civil War.
Microfilm Reading Tips
The article on microfilm machines evoked amusement and nods of agreement. Like many of us would-be genealogists, I took up the study about the time my eyesight got worse. Now I keep a couple sheets of yellow or blue printer paper in my supply bag. For microfilm readers that project downward onto a screen, placing a colored sheet on the screen often makes the blurry and faint film easier to read.
Unfortunately, it does nothing to mitigate motion sickness. Peppermint drops help a little.
Before I open my e-mails in the morning, I open my word processor and when I see an article or part of an article I want to keep, I just copy and paste it into my word processor. I don’t always want to print out the whole article so this way I can be more selective of what I want to print. Also, sometimes an article contains information that is of no interest to me so I can just delete it. It just takes a moment to do, and it saves ink and paper! (Ever frugal!)
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