Did the Fire Really Burn It All?

Don’t take “the courthouse burned” to mean that every record before that point in time was destroyed.

It might be that in reality, records from some offices survived, some offices’ records were not completely destroyed, etc. In some cases, records might have been “re-recorded” after the fire. There may also be state or federal records that provide similar information. Ask around.

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2 thoughts on “Did the Fire Really Burn It All?

  1. Patty

    Thank u, good to know . Wasn’t sure how to take fire burned the records. Will look in different & not assume thereally r none. There could be!

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  2. Teri

    I have researched dozens and dozens of Courthouse Fires with gendisasters.com, and you’re absolutely right. Many times the records were locked in a fireproof safe, some the records were stored elsewhere or they were recreated after the fire. Burned courthouse does not mean the records don’t exist.

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