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A slideshow on how to use the Microfilm machine at the library.


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2. Afilm on which printed materials arephotographed for the ease of storage. Microfilm has a life expectancy of up to500 years. 3. Common printed materials found on Microfilm are: Back issues or archival copies of newspapers The Federal Census from 1790 to 1930 (the Censusfor 1940 will be released to the public on April 2) Municipal records Marriage applications Birth records Death records Church records of baptisms, marriages and death Military pensioner records, service records and draftcards Other historical and genealogical records. 4. Locatethe Microfilm reel, you would like toview on the open Microfilm Reader At the Scott County Public Library, all ofthe Microfilm the library offers is in thiscabinet, located next to the MicrofilmReader The Microfilm cabinet and reader arelocated near the circulation desk in thelocal genealogical section. 5. Usethe corresponding labels on the cabinetto navigate through the drawers to find whatyou are looking for. The library offers federal Census data fromthe county and from other heritage-relatedstates, like Virginia and West Virginia. Once you have figured out what you recordsyou would like to review, then open thedrawer to locate a specific reel to see. 6. Select a box, which is labeled on theoutside what is on the reel, to review. Sit down at the Microfilm Reader. Turn on the Microfilm Reader. The power button is located on the right hand side of the machine Pull the equipment under the screen toward you to begin the feeding process. 7. Openthe Microfilm reel box and remove thefilm reel. Take the Microfilm reel and place it in thecorrect direction The direction is noted on the supply diagramlocated on the machine near the supply reel. The supply is the far left of the machine andthe take-up is on the far right. Use the hole in the center of the reel and pushit into the supply spool until it locks into place. 8. Film fed asdiagramspecifiedSupply spool Microfilm reelSupply reel knob 9. Pull the film from the supply reel and feed itunder the white guide. Then, feed the film through the glass filmchute by pulling it forward and guide thefilm through it to the take-up spool. Continue to thread the film through thechute, under the other white guide near thetake-up and to the take-up spool. 10. Take-up reeland spool area White guide by take-up MicrofilmFilm chute White guide 11. Insert end of film into the take-up reel, sothe film can wrap around the reel via themovement of the spool. To move the spool forward, use the take-up reel knob clockwise. This will tighten the film around the take-up reel. The take-up reel should not be removed. After tightening the film to the take-up reel, push the equipment back to lens, so the film can be viewed on the screen. 12. Take-upreel knob LensPush the handle toward lens. 13. Usethe digital tuning buttons to move thefilm backward and forward quickly. To move the film slowly, use the tuningknobs at each end of the reels. After moving the film forward to an imageto view, use the focus, orientation, andzoom rings. They are located on the outside of the lens to see the image clearly and in best condition for printing, if necessary. 14. Fast FastRewind Forwardforwardrewind 15. OrientationringFocus ring LensZoom ring