Apologies to all who have seen our printed flyers. We just found out from a lovely lady in Topeka that we’ve been printing the wrong dates on the flyers! While we will have bonus pre-retreat activities on Sunday, October 2 for full package attendees – the 2 day retreat starts on Monday the 3rd. Please feel free to share the corrected flyer far and wide. A fill-able PDF format flyer is available at our website.
Retreat 2016 Date Update Monday, Jun 6 2016
2016 Retreat Save the Date Friday, Dec 25 2015
Retreat 2009 Single Supplement Friday, Feb 6 2009
Retreat on the lake 2009 has announced the single supplement cost for October. Single occupancy retreat tuition will cost an extra $60.00, per person/per room.
December 2005, V4#12: Genealogy Tuesday, Jan 6 2009
Electronic Magazine and Genealogy Alice Syman, archive, burn, careful, caution, fade, FAX, file, flame, Florida, heat, legible, light, October, paper, print, published, retrieve, review, RootsWeb, Saint Augustine, save, slow, stove, temporary, thermal paper, transcribe, USA 2:32 pm
Retrieving Data on Thermal Paper
By Alice Syman in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA
I have some old files containing faxes on that old fax [thermal] paper that eventually fades. I heard that there was some type of light that would restore them, but couldn’t find out the name and probably couldn’t have afforded it anyway. I wondered, what is it that restores them — light or heat or a combination of both and possibly with something else.
I turned on a burner on my gas stove and began running the paper, print side down, back and forth over the flame. When I saw a strip of paper turning dark I looked and eureka! I could read almost every word of the print, typed and handwritten. A miracle. I was able to send an adopted person information about his adoption that he had lost long ago.
This has to be done slowly and carefully and the flame shouldn’t be too high because one can get a nasty burn. I placed the restored copies in clear sheets. How long they will be legible, I don’t know. But they’ll last at least until one can transcribe the information from them.
I sent this bit of info to many other researchers. To date none have said they knew about it already. I would be interested to know from your readers if I was just way behind the times on this valuable (to me) secret.
Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 12 October 2005, Vol. 8, No. 41