Lying forgotten in dusty attics or much beloved amongst our most treasured possessions, are letters, diaries, memoirs, photographs, account books, recipes, personal notes and the other remembrances of our ancestors. This site presents works from a variety of authors in different situations -- soldiers in war, young ladies traveling abroad, struggling immigrants, and the children of wealthy planters. Wherever possible transcriptions have been made from the original documents with as much detail retained as technologically possible. This means strikeouts, inserts, alterations, misspellings, margin annotations, every aspect replicated as closely as HTML will allow, along with high rez scans.
The following books and technologies are available through the author. I am willing to do lookups, to scan images and transcribe documents you provide. My fees are assessed depending on the effort involved, as well as incidental costs such as packing and postage. I can handle minor conservation care, which may be necessary -- such as putting a fragmented document back together before scanning and transcription. Please contact me if you have questions or need additional information before making a decision about what to do next.
by Henry Seidel Canby
The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1945
The Ancestry and Posterity of John Lea
by James Henry Lea & George Henry Lea
Lea Brothers & Co, Philadelphia and New York, 1906
The Phelps Family of America
by Oliver Seymour Phelps
Pittsfield, Mass, 1899
This book is on microfiche; minimum lookup fee $10.
William Walter Phelps, His Life and Public Services
Compiled by Hugh M. Herrick
The Knickerbocker Press, New York, 1904
In addition the volumes above I have a large collection of general and specific history books ranging from the 18th century through the 20th century, covering all manner of topics. I have both flatbed and wand scanners, a microfiche reader, and graphics programs, allowing me to scan all manner of images as well as to improve contrast for improved readability.
My technical skills include basic conservation of old paper and photographs, meaning that I will return anything you send to me in the same if not better condition, including minor repairs and storage using archival quality materials. With scanned graphical manipulation document's contrast can be improved for readability and a photograph can be returned to a digital approximation of the original image before the years of fading and cracking.
Let me help you take care of those precious pieces that are your family's foorprint in the past. Webmouse Cyberspace Publications -- please mark your email Historical Research Request
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