Seek Out Local Seniors
I agree with the Tipster about checking with local historical societies for information.Â In many smaller towns, however, there is no organized society. I’ve discovered that no matter how tiny the town, there will be a place serving lunch for senior residents.
I’ve met some wonderful people who are delighted to welcome a visitor who is interested in their community.Â Believe me, they know the local history, can tell you exactly where the old cemeteries are located (and who has the burial records stored at home).Â They recall buildings, homes, and schools that are no longer present, and can relate anecdotes that don’t always make it into books.Â Twice I’ve even discovered a distant kin!
Be sure first to introduce yourself to the senior center staff.Â This is not only a courtesy but inevitably the staff hostess will take you straight to the senior who has the informal title of “Local Historian!”Â Remember that the â€œmagic hourâ€ for meeting everyone is lunchtime!
In reference to the Correspondence LogÂ tip in this week’s Ancestry Weekly Journal, I maintain all correspondence whether I send or receive it, in a “Correspondence” file on my computer.Â I maintain it by correspondent in order by last name, first name, date of correspondence.Â I also include these annotations:
- L = letter
- E = e-mail
- S = I sent it
- R = I received it
This allows me to append any additional messages to the original message.Â As an example, a distant cousin sends me a letter, I scan it in under his/her name and the date the letter wasÂ sent.Â If I respond, I append a copy of my letter to the one I received.Â If he/she responds back, that is also appended to the original letter.Â In this case the file name would look like this:
Smith, John (2006-01-15)Lrsr.doc
This gives me a complete history of the correspondence in one document. I also do this with e-mails.
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