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Genealogy Tip of the Week: Fire!!

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Genealogy Tip of the WeekNo, there is no fire here at the Government and Heritage library (knock on wood!), but I wanted to share with you about courthouse fires and the loss of records they create. Many times I’ve had to tell patrons that I cannot find what they are looking for because there were many records lost during that time due to court house fires. I hate courthouse fires because so many precious records are lost for all eternity. In North Carolina, 36 out of 100 counties have records lost due to courthouse fires. In addition, there are 32 more counties that have missing records for unknown reasons. That is about two-thirds of the counties in North Carolina with missing records. Missing records like this can create brick walls, which are a bane to genealogists, but something we must deal with at times.


  1. Hello I just moved into the area and looking for library with a genealogical room and it appears yours does. I am presently the VP of the Ostrander Family Association and will become the President on December 7th. I have seen your genealogy meetings on Wednesdays but haven’t had a chance to get there yet. Can you give me your hours during the week and I would like to see what you have there. The Ostrander family started in New Amsterdam on 1651 and have multiplied and spread the country and Canada. Irving Ostrander

  2. […] month, I posted a tip of the week about fires in county courthouses and the records they destroyed. Although a little over 1/3 of […]

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