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Subject: Re: [BRE] Access to records in Bedford County and other PA counties; my advi...
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 12:15:28 EDT
Richard's post reminded me of an experience I had at the Akron, Ohio County
Clerk's office, where land plats, with change of owners noted, are
computerized. However, they only go back to the early 1900s. I was looking for an
earlier date and was told that the plat book I needed was in pieces upstairs
awaiting photographing. Since I was only in town for a short time, I asked if I
might look at the pieces and was told only if someone was available to accompany
I waited - and waited. Finally asked again and a half hour later a young
clerk was sent to accompany me. He groused all the way up the stairs saying I'd
never find what I was looking for, why did I care, etc., etc. I assured him
it was there and I would find it. He started roughly handling the large
pieces - plat pages pasted onto cardboard. I said, 'Stop - it's not there, it's
over here.' A disgusting noise came out of his mouth. I moved one plat and,
said, 'There it is! Now, if I can just have a few moments to write down the
original owners, please.'
There are two points here. One, there is a spiritual element in our search
for ancestors and often from some unseen place they will provide a way and
guide us to the information, and two, be persistent; don't allow others'
impatience, false sense of possession, or appropriation deter your search.
On the other hand, be realistic and participate in preserving information by
your own labor, and if unable to do that, support others who do.
Ask me about hypnotherapy, Reiki for pain relief, healing, enhancing self
esteem, and past life exploration.
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