I returned to the scene for a second attempt this week. I avoided the good microfilm machine altogether. Instead, I put the roll on one of the manual (hand-crank) machines. The lights were off on my side of the room, which helped me see the records better. I took some photos of the records using my digital camera.
I am pleased to say that most of the pictures are good, and I now have some of the probate records for my Williamsons in Pope County.
Some of the images came out fuzzy, which just shows my need for a basic photography class. I plan on going back to the FHC and taking more pictures to replace the blurry ones.
Once again, my digital camera saves the day.