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From: "Teresa Rivera" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Laptops during research phase
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 10:26:07 -0500
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I recently found a program for laptop users that I love. It is Bygones, it
helps laptop users stay organized. At the site where you are working, there
is no searching to the right form or worry about transcribing pertinent

I usually check with a facility to see if it is okay to use my laptop. If
not I take the paper forms with me, blanks of the Bygone, so I still capture
all the information I need. I like using a laptop because there is no
transcribing later. I like having all my research together and not worrying
about leaving something behind.


-----Original Message-----
From:Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer [mailto:]
Sent:Monday, February 19, 2001 3:20 PM
Subject:Re: [APG] Laptops during research phase

At 09:16 AM 02/16/2001 -0500, Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [mailto:]
>> Subject: Re: [APG] Certification requirements
>> PS. For what this tidbit is worth, my colleagues and I have found that
>> having a laptop with us on-site and then writing the report as we do the
>> research, we make more efficient use of our time. Does anyone else find
>> this a good solution?

You might be interested to know that this question comes up periodically,
from the other side, on the Archives e-mail list. Archivists have concerns
about use of laptops because they take up space, may disturb people working
next to the laptop user, and have the potential to want electricity if the
researcher doesn't have a battery available. As you can imagine, there are
archivists on both sides of the possibility of allowing or not allowing
their use in a repository.


Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
Hyde Park, NY
author of _Long-Distance Genealogy_

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