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My friends -
One of our subscribers asked a question in response to my recent
posting to the Jp and Graves lists about the progress of the
digitization of the only remaining county based records for Graves
County prior to the disastrous fire of December 1887, when 99% of the
records prior to that date were destroyed. These records which
survived the fire are a number of Graves County Circuit Court Order
Books, covering the period 1853-1890 (with some years missing). As I
mentioned in my message of a few days ago, Order Book G had already
been digitized some years ago, and remains available on CD. The
others, excepting Order Books I(eye) and K (J, M ,and N are missing,
and it appears that books H and Q were never created, based on the
known dates of coverage as reported), which are now being digitized,
are almost finished, as I said earlier, insofar as proofing and
enhancing is concerned.
The question raised was whether these order books could be offered
singly, as well as in a group. That is, if a researcher is interested
in only a certain period for Graves County, such as, for example,
1878 - 1885, could the order book(s) that cover that period be
obtained individually, rather than having to get the entire package.
I had not considered that option earlier, but, from a technical
standpoint, I can see nothing that
would obstruct such being done.
So, my question to those of you who are researching Graves County and
are looking forward to seeing these records is this: would you be
interested in seeing these order books offered individually, or
perhaps in groups of two consecutive books(realizing, in the latter
case, that we do have missing, or uncreated books, so, in a group of
two, it might be books L and O, since M and N are missing), or would
you prefer that that the entire set only be created, as was my
original plan, or both? Please let me know your preference *OFF
LIST*, so we do not cause a flood of messages to hit the subscribers'
inboxes. The plus to individual or the two-grouped set would be a
reduction in cost and not having additional records which some
researchers might not need if their people of interest left the
County in, say, the late 1870's, as well as the fact that several of
these would be available almost immediately(within the next 2-3
weeks). The minus part is that if the individual or two-group sets
are the only offering, someone with a continuing interest in Graves
County would need to acquire all of the books individually, or all
two-set groups to have complete coverage, unless I also prepare that
full coverage as has been my plan. Perhaps having both available is
the best solution. In any event, I will abide by the majority wishes
of those who respond within the next three or four days, and I will
bring the results to the lists so you can see how they turned out.
I'm looking for any information related to James Ralph Bryan. It is thought
that James could be the son of William A. Bryan and Rebecca A. Blair, whom
both resided and passed away in Fulton, KY.
James Ralph Bryan
Birth August 30 1848 *in* Tennessee
Death March 15 1910 *in* Caddo County, Oklahoma