Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & here I go again. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is ‘AT THE COURTHOUSE’.
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: AT THE COURTHOUSE, Confessions of a Researcher
I have traveled to libraries in several states. I have traveled to historical societies, city halls and archives. I have visited relatives in other states to hear stories and see photos of our family’s past. And when I saw this topic I thought it would be easy to pick a research trip to write about but then I looked through old notes and saw that I have never researched AT THE COURTHOUSE.
I have books full of court records: tax lists, deeds, wills, etc. and those records are full of information that has taught me about the past. Court Records are important and valuable. I have even gone to lectures at Genealogical Conferences to learn about Courthouse records. But I have never researched AT THE COURTHOUSE.
This topic has shown me that I need to expand my research parameters. I will continue going to libraries, archives and city halls but will also start visiting courthouses. Maybe tomorrow…!