by Melissa & Delia
Recently, a researcher was bemoaning the fact that one of the recent natural disasters that have befallen this country destroyed the county facility where she had hoped to search for records on one of her families. Imagine her happiness when it was pointed out to her that the original records may have been destroyed, but various organizations and authors had already published books and articles which indexed and transcribed the marriage, probate and deed records that she needed and that we had those books here in The Genealogy Center!
While examining original records is always preferable, in many cases where floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other events have made that impossible, the past and current activities of local genealogical and historical societies, lineage societies like the D.A.R., the W.P.A., and individual authors have recorded this precious information.
Of course, preservation activities within the community are always advisable. Libraries or local societies can make contact with the court clerk and investigate scanning or microfilming the records for storage elsewhere. But for records lost in the past 20 to 30 years, don't forget our genealogical predecessors who have already paved the preservation way.