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August 2001


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Tom Perrin <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 09:51:28 -0400
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See if they can be given to the Historical Society.

In each and every case, original records should never be destroyed until
and unless they have been compared to the originals and found to be
accurate copies in all respects.  St. Lawrence County and Clinton
County  (NY) court houses have found that microfilming has been terrible
in providing readable copies.

Perhaps publicity would give the powers that be second thoughts.


Chester Historical Society wrote:
> I was at a talk given recently by the Chief Clerk of our local Surrogate's
> Court in which mentioned that she is under orders to send out records for
> microfilming.  What is most disturbing is that these original documents
> are then destroyed by the microfilm contractor and many of these
> microfilmed records are not readable!
> Thus the information is lost for ever!
> What can be done to save these original documents?
> Clifton Patrick
> Chester Historical Society
> Chester, NY 10918
> Direct voice and fax:  845-469-7645
>      1915 Erie Station:  845-469-2591