Sunday, June 22, 2014

Digitizing Records and a Riverboat Tour

 Another great week in beautiful Marietta!  We thought we'd show you some of our work this week.  Most of the time we are working too fast to pay attention to what is actually on the records we are digitizing but last week David noticed this record.  It is the common plea record of a man who illegally purchased a black woman (notice she is referred to as a wench) and her child for a slave.  This is in 1809 and in the south slavery is still legal but in Ohio it is not. Seeing the record of the transaction brings it into real life and really turns the stomach. Thank goodness for those who had the courage to put an end to this horrific practice. There were thousands who paid for it with their lives.  I'll be kissing their feet when I get to the other side. (You should be able to click on the picture to zoom in on it)

 I wanted to show you this page as an example of the penmanship we see every day.  Notice the change to the tiny handwriting.  We actually see some handwriting much smaller than this.  This page is about 8"x 12".  (The book in the picture above is much larger) The writing is done with a quill pen.  This page was written in 1838. Some of the pages are so old and brittle that just bending them breaks the paper.  We have to be so careful!
 On the left David is in front of an old Steamboat the W.P. Snyder. The picture on the right is taken from the deck of the steamboat on the other side and is the Muskingum River. The Muskingum and Ohio River meet at Marietta. The W.P Snyder was a working steamboat used to haul coal.  Below on the

 right is the control room on the lower deck of the steamboat.  The picture on the left is an old flatboat which was used for hauling either people or cargo.
 On the left is an old Shanty boat
or houseboat and on the right is the Ohio River. There is a beautiful bike trail/walkway for several miles along the river at this point.

On Saturday we had our first teaching appointment with the missionaries.  The couple they were teaching were interested in family history so they asked us to come with them.  They were a really great couple who live just around the corner from us.  We had a great experience and they committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  It was a great experience for us and we really enjoyed getting to know this wonderful couple.

We hope all of you are doing well.  We would love to hear from you!  We love and miss you!


  1. It is so green & so beautiful there! What happens after you take a picture of the book page?

    1. All the pictures are downloaded to a hard drive and sent to Salt Lake for Quality Control then prepared for Indexing. If they don't pass Quality Control we get to do them over.

  2. So interesting all that you're doing! Love your blog!

  3. The steamboat looks fun. Love and miss you both very much. ♡