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Re: Rettig/Hile families
Posted by: jim thoman (ID *****9292) Date: November 15, 2009 at 04:56:02
In Reply to: Re: Rettig/Hile families by Tim Gruber of 1142

I thought NY b/m/d certs were expensive.
Gone are those days when you could go to city/town/village halls and dig through the books, card catalogs, deed books, etc for data.
Philly is particularily expensive $30-40 per year search, could cost a person $300 or more if a ten year search were necessary.
I have a couple Philly deaths, late 1800's, do you know a cheaper way? Who has/does searches for obits in newspapers?

Sent a couple letters for your effort....

So you know,, has been taking newspaper microfilms and digitizing the data for searches on their software.
Here in Hamburg, Erie co (Hamburg Hist Soc), Ny I sent them 110 microfilms of local newspapers 1875-present, 171 yearbooks from 2 school systems 1920-present, 7 NY Erie co census films 1855, 1865, 1875, and the village cemetery disc.
When they are done the whole lot will be on-line. Can you imagine how many obits there are for nearly 140 years of newspaper? And the 1000's of persons who went to school systems in the last 90 years? Or the lookups done for the odd year census?
Nice thing is they pay the postage, and with 171 yearbooks that is expensive. They set it up; 'donated' yearbooks they tear apart for quicker loading, those on 'loan' they send back untouched. Films are returned.
And finally with their new system, they send a hard-drive with all the data loaded and their software included so the drive can be plugged into any computer in town, and searched for articles, persons, obits, companies. This way if you do not subscribe to their site, a person can have access to all the local data.
In all the cost to us was the boxes and tape and time to send all this data to them.
The only problem is, because of the quantity of 'stuff' sent to them, it could take 2 years to be on their site, but the drive comes earlier, and the disc of yearbooks set up in order also comes earlier.
Anyway, look into this. This does not cover b/m/d certs, but can be useful in many other ways.

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