Archives can be a great resource for genealogists and yet visiting/using one can be intimidating. I remember that I was actually nervous the first few times that I visited some – they each have their own rules and one sometimes wasn’t always made to feel welcome. Now that I have visited all kinds of archives, big and small, private and public, I know that if I do my homework about what the archive holds, how it operates, etc, I really enjoy and value the access that I gain to the records. This does outweigh the few butterflies I still sometimes experience when I am planning a first visit (for me) to an archive.
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