There are still records that exist only in their original form. They have not been transcribed. They have not been microfilmed. They have not been digitized.
Local records frequently fall into this category of being available “only in the original location,” but there are others as well. While it is realized that not everyone can travel to remote places to perform research, at least be aware that there may be more material out there.
© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 10 Nov 2012.