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From: "Christy Fillerup" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] courthouse get flooded in Indiana
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:26:10 -0600
This brings to mind a larger question. Who should foot the bill for appropriate storage and preservation of town, county, and state records? Should there be a set of standards or guidelines handed down by NARA or similar to county or state governments regarding record retention and preservation?
This is nothing but blue-sky imagining, but hopefully will bring some more activity back to the list. Y'all must have big client projects to work on!
Millenealogy Family History Research
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 3:31 PM
Subject: [TGF] courthouse get flooded in Indiana
I sent this to the APG forum as well, so if any of you get this twice, I'm sorry. I know some of you do not subscribe to both.
I thought I would just pass this on. Due to heavy rain recently Posey County, Indiana is under water. This may lead to damage or loss of the some of the county's oldest records that are stored in the basement. A foot of rain had leaked into the basement, so workers spent yesterday getting the water out and trying to save the records. I don't know who all does research in southern Indiana or have ancestors from that area, but thought those researchers might need to be aware in case there are problems in the future trying to find early Posey County, Indiana records. Here the link to the story here (http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8044632).
This brings up a question. Why would the county clerk office store the records in the basement to begin with, even if there is just a slight chance of flooding? I know county and parish officials do have to take into consideration money costs, location, and other issues in consideration, yet it would be a greater loss for a county to have irreplaceable records damaged or loss.
I say this because all of the Daviess County, Kentucky records are in the basement. That includes both old and new up to the last records placed in the room. The county clerk staff has copies of the modern deed upstairs on a computer, but every thing else is downstairs. The records are microfilmed, but one can not read the microfilmed records unless you have a magnifying glass or can read very small letters.
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