There is one thing I want to comment on, that actually astounded me, and it still leaves me shaking my head. Why, oh why, would you walk into the National Archives without doing any preliminary research? Over the 2 days I was there I saw person after person walk up to the desk in the main room and ask the staff the same type question. I want to find out about my family, where do I start. That in itself isn’t a bad question, unless you know nothing about your ancestors or even where to start looking. A few of them had never even heard of the online databases that the staffers showed them on the computers to get them started. In fact, I think one gentleman was downright flabbergasted that they just couldn’t produce the information he sought out of thin air. No, I am not exaggerating.Before I arrived at NARA I printed out the images for the pension index cards I wanted to look up, as well as taking my iPad with PDF’s of websites and sources from my family tree in case I ran into problems. I made sure to say please and thank you, because you know kindness and courtesy can go a long way. It just seems that the older generations were just as eager for instant gratification as those younger than me. Or I have always been an old woman in a young woman body.
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