Last week I made my 9thtrip to The National Archives. Usually a trip to DC is an overnight stay in a hotel or B&B. A morning drive from Carlisle, PA allows one “pull” of references at approx. 1:30 PM if I arrive before 11:00 AM and meet the request time. For reasons I do not understand, my requests take more time than most. An archives reference specialist must “spot” my requests before the volumes are located and obtained. Inadvertently I lose much valuable research time.
Although I made some progress last week, my pull request on Mon at 3:00 PM did not arrive at the reference room till almost noon on Tue. This steamboat interest, obsession according to my wife, is expensive as well as time consuming.
The jewel of this trip was the proof that the owner of the str Fearless was Capt Thomas S Poe just months before his death.
My Monday request of four volumes of Certificates of Enrollment resulted in three on Tue. By the time I realized I was missing a volume, my “archives vacation” time expired. It was too late to submit another pull before I had to drive home.
Four more “full” days before I complete the review of the Certificate of Enrollments for the port of Pittsburgh. By another measure, two overnight trips to DC.
I also need two or three days to review the Vessels File, Record Group 92, to complete the review of the service of the Georgetown civilians during the Civil war.
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