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Readers' Feedback: 24 June 2005

-- Help with use of "Mrs."
-- Auntie Macassar
-- Relationship Terms
-- Regarding Oversize Notebook Dividers
-- Saving Census Enumerations in the Future
-- Three Things Not to do at a Family History Center
-- Definition of Archival Storage Materials

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HELP WITH USE OF "MRS."
From: Wayne Morgan wmorgan@ns.sympatico.ca 
DearMYRTLE,
Your discussion of relationship terms reminded me of a discussion we had on the net some time ago. One of my ancestors, John Symonds married Mrs. Hannah Porter in 1763 (from the Township records for Beverly). In responding to my query about the name of the possible husband of Hannah, and potential parents of her, one Rootsweb correspondent suggested that the term "Mrs" didn't necessarily mean that she was married, and that it probably meant a term of high respect for a single woman! I would appreciate any thoughts on this matter.

DearWAYNE,
I have heard of such a situation, particularly when the woman was of "spinster" age, whatever that means. I cannot for the life of me find the source to cite. Perhaps my DearREADERS can find an appropriate reference?
Myrt :)

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AUNTIE MACASSAR
From: RPSPCPSP@aol.com 
DearMYRTLE,
Re:Antimacassars, just had to put my 2 cents in. There is a children's show called the Big Comfy Couch and one of the character's name is Auntie Macassar!

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RELATIONSHIP TERMS
From: E.Rodier cerear@telusplanet.net 
DearMYRTLE,
Very interesting item about relationship variations.

There are also variations in the way that computer genealogy programs report kinship. Some say that children with one common parent are half siblings.

Some say that descendants with one common grandparent are half first cousins. Some say that a step-father is a "father."

It is best to edit a file to show children with two bio parents and no other parent relationships before a file transfer by GEDCOM or other methods.

Adoptive relationships may not be identified in ancestor charts or reports.

GEDCOM transfer with multiple parents between a program like PAF limited to the same relationship of a child to TWO parents may be misleading in a program that allows individual child-parent relationships. PAF [Personal Ancestral File] allows multiple parents with the same relationship (two different sets of bioparents) and also allows a bio parent to be shown as step or adoptive with the second spouse.

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REGARDING OVERSIZED NOTEBOOK DIVIDERS
From: bobert@i-1.net 
DearMYRTLE,
Hi - I don't know what sort of notebook dividers you refer to, but I buy the archival (safe) page protectors by the 50 or 60 each package at SuperStore for less than $5 per package. Then I buy a box (comes in a clear plastic container) of 'index dividers' to separate chapters, families, data of whatever kind. These come in various colors or clear....pull the 'white' paper off the 'sticky' and they stick on to the plastic notebook page protectors...these can also be snipped with scissors (to needed size) and have white 'tabs' one can print/write on...to denote whatever follows in the ensuing pages. -- Shirley.

From: Eleanor Horvitz cromwellp@sprynet.com 
DearMYRTLE,
I have never seen the indexes for sheet protectors. I came up with a solution that works for me. I put the index divider in a sheet protector, cutting a hole for the tab to fit thru.

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SAVING CENSUS ENUMERATIONS IN THE FUTURE
From: gypsy97@bellsouth.net 
DearMYRTLE,
Re: 2006 Australian Census to be Saved - http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0524.htm
After reading the article about the Australians just compiling the statistics and destroying the original records, I am wondering about the original U.S. Census in the past few decades. Since an enumerator doesn't go door-to-door any longer, and each household sends in an individual piece of paper, how will the information be compiled and stored? The cost of microfilming all those individual submissions would be horrendous, to say nothing of the cost of storage. And unless they have a way of assembling those individual submissions, we can say goodbye to checking on neighbors and other family members living close by.

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THREE THINGS NOT TO DO AT A FAMILY HISTORY CENTER
From: Pam [via DM's Message Board]
DearMYRTLE,
Talking about Family History Centers. I have been to a few Family History Centers that are open to the public [where] they can be very helpful or too strict. The Family History Center at Howell Michigan is very user friendly to use, especially for Michigan research. I highly recommend it.

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DEFINITION OF ARCHIVAL STORAGE MATERIALS
From: W R Strouse b.strouse@mchsi.com 
DearMYRTLE,
You often speak of sheet protectors that are archival quality. Recently mention has been made of Vinyl NOT being archival. What material IS archival? Would Polypropylene be? In searching your archives for an answer I have found your binder system for records quite interesting and plan to study it more. (I have copied portions of your articles on that subject to a Word document to make them easy to review.) -- Bill

DearBILL,
Archival quality means the material does not give off gasses that contribute to the early breakdown of the material to be saved. This means they are to be low acid, and lignin-free. C-Line is one of several companies that produces a range of high-quality archival safe top-loading sheet protectors.

Chapter Two: "The Preservation Facts" from Preserving Your Family Photographs by Maureen A. Taylor summarizes the problem of storing old family photos by stating "Improper storage materials and environmental conditions such as excess moisture, temperature fluctuations, pests, chemicals, and light influence the rate at which these factors deteriorate the images." Appendix D includes a list of reputable suppliers. Page 26 explains that polypropylene or polyester sleeves are suitable. The book is available from www.familytreemagazine.com  or www.amazon.com  for around $19. It might make a good addition to your public library's genealogy department.

When I come across anything unusual that must be preserved under the best conditions, I recommend obtaining archival storage material from:

Light Impressions
P.O. Box 787
Brea, CA 92822-0787
(800) 828-6216 
www.lightimpressionsdirect.com  

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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