Encapsulate – Not Laminate!

I think I used the wrong term when writing about the old marriage records at Washington County Courthouse, and what the clerk has done with the older marriages to preserve them.  I said they were laminated – that was wrong.  Laminating, as one kind person brought to my attention, would be the wrong avenue to saving a record.  It could not be recovered since the lamination would stick to the record itself.  The records at Washington County are encapsulated – enclosed within  two sheets of Mylar film.  The top could easily be cut off and the record taken out if need be.  I wanted to correct my statement before any damage was done to any of your old, precious records!  Happy researching!

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