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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Faded Ink

Old documents were written in India Ink with quill and a pen. 16th and 17th century documents are yet readable on some documents, but only due to the care and storage of old records. The microfilming which occurred during the 1950s help to preserve many such documents However, one finds all too many records which are faded or water damages. The last will and testament of Henry Hager of Prince George County (will book 1734-1744) is an example of being affected by fading and temperature. Fortunately, our computers can read many documents which the microfilm reader cannot. Therefore, it is worth it to make a copy from the reader onto your flash drive and take I home to read. Virginia Pioneers has digitized many, many old Virginia will records, making it better for the genealogist to do his research.

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