4112Re: [RI_Ancestors] What success in Westerly?
- Aug 31, 2010Boles:
What is SLC?
I am such a greenhorn, I don't know all these acronyms.
On 9/1/2010 3:26 PM, Donna Potter wrote:
> Hi Joyce,
> That's a question I cannot answer for sure. I have never been to one
> of the FHLs.
> My guess is that they probably could order the films from SLC if
> needed, but I cannot say for sure that SLC has them.
> Someone else might have the answer to that.
> ---- boles <rejoyce@...> wrote:
> Thanks for this info. I am glad to learn about the microfilms of all
> the records. Does the FHL have copies of these films as well?
> On 8/31/2010 9:29 PM, Donna Potter wrote:
> > Hi Joyce,
> > Many of the town halls require that you show some proof of being a
> > member of an incorporated genealogical society such as NEHGS in order
> > to use the records. That does not mean that if you wanted to get a
> > copy of your great great grandmother's birth record that you could not
> > get it without the card. That's very different than wanting to sit
> > there with the old volumes (Westerly has a lot of them!) and pore over
> > them yourself. I doubt you could get them all copied in two weeks,
> > actually. As I indicated there are a lot - wills, deeds, town council
> > records as well as regular vital records. Many of the oldest VR are
> > extracted from the town council and probate books and are not in
> > separate volumes as they would be now. Some town halls also cannot let
> > you sit in their vault (Hopkinton) because the clerk needs to work
> > there and there is simply not enough room for others to come in and
> > use the books in there. The clerk might look for the particular record
> > and give you the volume it is in, but if the next record you want is
> > in another book, you have to start all over. That can be time
> > consuming, especially if the clerk is really busy. Also, many town
> > halls are only open 7.5-8 hours a day so that limits the amount of
> > time you have on any day.
> > There are other town halls that just have you sign in and then you are
> > free to head in to the vault alone. Some of them do not care for
> > people who ask questions though, so if you cannot find what you want,
> > you may be facing a snotty clerk.
> > Many, if not all, the RI town records are microfilmed and available at
> > RIHS where you can just go in the drawer and pull the film you need
> > and read away, unless there are a lot of people who want to use the
> > microfilm readers that day.
> > A few years ago we did a survey on the old list and got feedback from
> > people who had been to particular town halls to see which ones were
> > friendly and which ones were not. Most got very good recommendations -
> > EG, Warwick, Providence, Cranston, Exeter were all rated pretty well.
> > Newport was panned, as was North Kingstown. Charlestown, Richmond,
> > Hopkinton, South Kingstown all fell in the middle. In general the
> > clerks work hard to protect the records so that is why they have set
> > the requirement in many towns that you show proof of membership in an
> > incorporated genealogical society. Genealogists, whether pro or
> > amateur, know how valuable the records are and would not do anything
> > to harm them. Someone who is simply on a lark to prove whether or not
> > his 5th great grandpa fathered 5 illegitimate kids per family legend
> > though might rip the page out and walk off with it. Charlestown in
> > particular has had issues with people ripping pages out of the books
> > if the pages showed Native American ancestry. If clerks did not
> > protect the records, there might not be any for us to see at all.
> > Donna in RI
> > ---- boles <rejoyce@...
> </do/mail/message/mailto?to=rejoyce%2540spiritone.com>> wrote:
> > >
> > Joyce Boles wrote:
> > Has anyone gone to Westerly to read historic documents? What luck did
> > you have?
> > I am getting resistance from the Town Clerk's office, which is reporting
> > that only registered genealogists may search records. If RI has a
> > public records law, this restriction is probably illegal.
> > Other records are with the historical society and the library, I am
> > Is the volume of records so great one cannot read them all in a two-week
> > period?
> > What is the volume of records, exactly?
> > How many persons on this list are interested in such an effort? I am
> > looking at next April. I am thinking that a group descent on the Town
> > Hall might break open any resistance.
> > It might be possible to photograph all the records and put them all up
> > on the internet. I am surprised the Town Hall has not had them all
> > digitized so they can be brought to the waiting world.
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