Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Fire in Everett, WA

From: Cindy cindyall@gmail.com
DearMYRTLE,
I, as have others, have run into the stumbling block of the burned courthouse or other building destroying the records that I need. This morning it was brought home watching the news of the fire in Everett WA.

They showed the damage to documents and photos caused by the water used to put out the fire. Someone they interviewed talked of all those who haddonated items and artifacts to the museum and how the items were now probably lost. It was kind of heartbreaking. The news article says they don't know how bad the damage was but it looked bad on TV. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003647497_websnocofire02m.html

So my question is what are some of the work-arounds to find substitutes for the burned records. (Such as the 1890 census.)

Thanks,Cindy in Snohomish (who woke up to nearly three inches of snow)

DearCINDY in Snohomish (who woke up to nearly three inches of snow),
Ol'Myrt also saw the video of the water damage of the fire started about "1 p.m. during work on the 40,000-square-foot building (at 2815 Baker Avenue). The building houses, among other things, storage space for artifacts from the Museum of Snohomish County History. The museum recently closed its doors." IBID. Heartbreaking, simply heartbreaking!

It's always difficult to see hundreds of years of documents and artifacts succumb to the ravages of fire or other damage. The folks researching Georgia and South Carolina ancestors can certainly speak to this subject.

As for "work arounds", the most likely resource would be to connect with other researchers who have experience in the locality where you ancestors once lived. Find such folks by going to:

I have heard of instances where the land records were re-recorded after such a devastating incident quite simply because folks want to preserve their ownership while witnesses are available.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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