Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pohnpei

We arrived in Pohnpei on Tuesday, October 20, three days later than planned. We had sent some computers for the Family History Center. So once we checked into our hotel we drove to the church to make sure they had arrived. We were able to meet some of the people and set a time to meet them the next day for training. Wednesday morning we went to the National Archives, we are digitizing the microfilm they have. Fifty rolls of microfilm had been sent to Salt Lake. Technicians there had to clean them and remove tape that was holding some of them together before digitizing them. They had received the films back and were so glad that we were able to help preserve the records that we are now sending more than 100 rolls of microfilm for them to digitize. Unfortunately the films are in poor condition because of the humidity here in the islands and their ability to store them. The films we are digitizing have records from all of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

National Archives, Pohnpei
I found some interesting collections in the archives from states in the United States. 
This is Betty, she is over the collection that we are digitizing. When we finished we were then directed over to the College of Micronesia to their library and to discuss the possibility of digitizing some of their vital records.

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