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    Mrs M, Calamity Jean

    As the granddaughter, gr-granddaughter & gr-gr-granddaughter of more recent 19th century immigrants, and a descendant of colonial New England ancestors back to the Mayflower, I can say I wish I had any of those original documents in my genealogy files.  None have survived through the ages.  I did write to another state and obtained the declaration of intent and the naturalization papers of one of my ancestors who was born in Alsace, France (Germanic name and language in the US church records, however), but the earliest immigration and naturalization forms have very little good information for genealogy researchers.

    I have a small inkling of how you felt.

    I went all verklempt when I saw only the photocopies of my Alsatian ancestor's papers because he had to sign them.  I still sometimes get a little verklempt when I look at the images of old records in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (the first two have their records online for free, thanks to the taxpayers in those countries).  I do research in their records all the time.  I have documented ancestors from seven countries of origin.  In the US I have my maternal Norwegian grandfather's original confirmation document from 1909, in its original frame w/glass, that also gives his date of birth; I also have a set of six water glasses his mother brought from Norway in 1883.  In my brother's safety deposit box is the original marriage certificate for my paternal grandparents.

    My advice to you is to put that precious piece of paper in a safety deposit box in a bank vault and keep it safe.  Really, it IS that important (in the eyes of a genealogist, more important than gold).  IMHO.

    Thank you for sharing such a valuable image with us.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 03:04:45 PM PST

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