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From: " Charles S. Mason, Jr." <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Good Old Days
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:29:31 -0700


The first time I had your experience I was looking at military fort and post reports at the National Archives. The forts or posts around the United States, had to report to Washington, DC on their activities each month. I am not sure how many boxes I had opened and undid the red tape that they were tied together with, when I realized I was the first person to look at these reports since they had been sent to the archives. Most of the reports were 100 to 120 years old.

This set me up for finding original records for my ancestors and made me appreciate the experience ever more.

Chuck Mason

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From: Noreen Manzella <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Good Old Days
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 06:54:35 -0700 (PDT)

I have to chime in here and add my support for acknowledging the thrill of the original record.  This past summer another researcher and I discovered a document written in 1816 (heretorfore unknown) in the Chester Co, PA archives concerning one of our elusive ancestors. The thrill of seeing, and yes, I admit, I had to touch the corner just for an instant, was a feeling that simply cannot be captured by a word.  One of my theories is that life is just a series of "moments".  THAT was a moment...
I must also acknowledge the power of internet research.  Just this morning, I've been found by a person with connections to a branch of my family that I'm dying to know more about...impossible if not for the message boards.
Aren't we lucky to have both?

--- On Sat, 10/25/08, Debra Blackard <> wrote:
I agree. There is nothing to rival the excitement of holding the real
document in your hand, or cotton glove....


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