The state archives section of the Library/Archives works
closely with county government in the state. Counties produce
records that affect the lives of its citizens directly. Marriages
and divorces, taxes, elections, civil and criminal suits, naturalization
proceedings, property ownership, county board decisions, and
education all have impact and occur at the county level. Most
of these records need to be kept permanently, but there are not
always sufficient resources at the county level to fulfill this
obligation. As a result these records are at risk of destruction.
The State Archives and the Records Management Division
work with counties to find the best solution for their records-keeping
problems. For a fee, staff from the Records Management Division
will help a county identify those records that can be destroyed.
This can often solve a storage problem. Another solution is to
hire a microfilm service bureau to microfilm records. Many records
can be destroyed once the microfilm passes inspection. Another
security benefit is that the master copy of the microfilm is
stored at the archives free of charge. A more common solution
is to transfer non-active records to the archives.
The Library/Archives has records from many of the counties
either on microfilm or in original paper form. These are
important resources for family historians. They also provide
evidence for county residents about taxes paid, social security
or insurance entitlements for a spouse, property ownership, local
ordinances, and many other situations. For more information on archives holdings or to
order a search for a specific record, contact the Library Archives
for County Records
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