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09 January 2011

Before Going to the Courthouse

As we eventually work our way into warmer weather, genealogists start to think of making research trips to far-off courthouses. Here a some quick thoughts before heading out (pre-planning is always advised):
  • Make certain of the courthouse's hours
  • If you'll be using court records, in court in session a certain day of the week (which you may want to avoid)
  • Can you bring a portable scanner, can you take digital pictures? What other options are there for making copies?
  • What records can you access yourself and which ones have restricted access?
  • Is there a local historical or genealogical society who may be able to give you specific research advice?