2607 Salem Church Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Kristin Hicks, Louisa County Historian. Topic: Courthouse Records – Between “Garbage” & “Gems”.
Amateur and seasoned researchers know that courthouse records can be a source of incredible frustration, as the all-too-often dusty and disorganized pieces rarely assemble a complete puzzle. While MANY resources exist online, are digitized and sometimes full-text searchable, there are thousands of unpublished records within the basements and closets of courthouses across the United States. Kristin Hicks, local researcher, will explain through a few anecdotes just how an understanding of what to look for, follow-up questions to ask, knowledge of available resources, and (sometimes) just LUCK can change the scope of a research project. Researchers are encouraged to bring their own anecdotes and stories to the presentation, so the speaker and group can discuss how to move forward in such situations.