is for Vital Records.
In the early 1900’s the powers that be began to see the importance of keeping up with records regarding births, deaths, and marriages. Fortunately, many jurisdictions saw the importance of these records long before hand. The problem is where this information was recorded and kept.
In my county, we lost our records numerous times. However, there’s information to be found in other places, but how does one find it? How many other folks have something like the church record book I found?
My grandfather has the original deed to his property from about two hundred years ago. He said every time the courthouse burned, someone would take a copy to the courthouse and they would copy it over. I wonder what truth there is to that?