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Melissa LeMaster Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. You’ll find her work here and on the web at:

Melissa recommends the following resources for archival materials:


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19:09:18 From Betty-Lu Burton : We need to remember that 100 years or longer people would buy things on credit and pay their debt after the harvest
19:11:51 From Dave Robison : Sounds like my great-grandfather’s hardware store in Evergreen, Alabama
19:14:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : Did not a lot of Mining companies have a company store?
19:17:42 From Dave Robison : 20th century Facebook!
19:18:43 From Betty-Lu Burton : Dave more of a 19th century Facebook. I have found many in the 1800’s newspapers
19:21:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have a Civil War Pension, where the mother proved she received help from her soldier son. It contains a list of things she received help from him through sewing things from his mercantile store
19:21:42 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Whiting agent
19:23:09 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : A lot, I worked in the quilting and sewing machine industry. Pat should see my studio
19:24:39 From Deb Andrew : Another area to check with the sales of sewing machines, Singer was very popular, especially the Featherweight.
19:33:06 From Dave Robison : Google says alemite was an automotive high pressure grease job
19:34:12 From Dave Robison : I can order the direction manual for $22!!
19:35:15 From Betty-Lu Burton : Sorry my mind is not working real good tonight
19:37:16 From DearMYRTLE . : It’s ok, Betty-Lu. We are glad you are here! 🙂
19:42:36 From Betty-Lu Burton : The country makes it sound more fresh
19:44:03 From Dave Robison :
19:45:27 From Dave Robison : Myrt…you beat me on that one!
19:45:52 From DearMYRTLE . : :::giggle:::
19:52:52 From Launa Droescher : I think sometimes Merentile was PO, RR Station, and would sell other than food
19:54:30 From Dave Robison : Merriam-Webster (I use that one since they’re right here in Springfield, MA) defines it simply as “of or relating to merchants or trading.” Doesn’t seem to be restricted to any specific product.
19:55:44 From Sue Tolbert to All panelists : Whoa… Do you mean Sapulpa, Oklahoma?
19:57:10 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Wolfram Alpha also has an inflation calculator
19:59:04 From Cousin Russ :
19:59:10 From Rev Linda to All panelists : Tell Melissa it’s pronounced Suh-pulp-ah
19:59:12 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Very nice job Melissa. Thanks for such great info!
20:03:15 From Dave Robison : Melissa…always a pleasure to hear you and your advice!
20:03:27 From Dave Robison : !!!
20:03:30 From Cousin Russ :
20:04:21 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Thanks Pat!

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