26 September 2008

The future of microfilm

Microfilm is part of any serious genealogist’s life. We love it as it allows us to inspect images of original sources, often far from where the originals are housed and at an affordable cost.

It's also part of our nightmares. We hate it for the cumbersome readers, the ways it can be incompatibly wound on the reel, the spindle that won't fit the hole in the centre, sequential only access, eyestrain, and nausea induced by scrolling images.

What’s the future of microfilm?

The Genealogy Blog at GeneaNet has an interesting article which, in a nutshell, says microfilm has a future, but largely as a storage medium, not a distribution medium for use at the consumer level.

It can't happen fast enough.

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