Dear Heloise: I urge your readers to take a few minutes to review their important family documents, such as birth or marriage certificates.
In doing some genealogy work for my family, I noticed several mistakes on some important documents, including my mother's birth certificate, her parents' marriage certificate and my marriage certificate. I am working to get these items changed because if I don't, nobody will, and the records will be forever in error.
The integrity of genealogy work depends on the accuracy of these documents. After family members have died, it is difficult and/or impossible to change mistakes. -- Sandy Lemke, Papillion, Neb.
One of my assistants said that when an uncle was getting ready to file for Social Security, he needed a copy of his birth certificate. When he finally received it, his birthday was stated as March 25. For 65 years, he had celebrated his birthday on March 26. He came to the conclusion that he must have been born late at night, close to midnight, and that was why there was a mix-up.
You might want to check old records just to make sure that they are correct. -- Heloise
STUCK ON YOU
Dear Heloise: My dilemma is that most of my treasured portraits behind the glass in the frame have stuck to the glass.
If I try to pull the portrait away from the glass, it will be destroyed. Is there some kind of solution I can apply to the back of the picture or a spray to loosen it without harming it? -- W.A., Enid, Okla.
I wish I did have a magic potion that would work! All of the photographers I spoke with said to take the photo -- frame and all -- to a professional.
If you try to remove it yourself, you could permanently damage the photo.
It's best to take the pictures to a photographer who specializes in restoring old and antique pictures. You might want to call around for price information, because when we did, we found a huge price difference. Some were reluctant to quote a price without seeing the photo and damage first. When you take the photo in, be sure to get an estimate first so you aren't shocked by the cost. -- Heloise
NO LOST ENDS
Dear Heloise: One day, I had a paper clip in my hand and decided to put it under the end of a roll of tape. Now I can spot the end quickly, and I don't have to cut off the turned-under tip. -- Lee Parker, Boca Raton, Fla.
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