Maynard and all, regarding the history of state archiving of local
records in Virginia, here is part of the story as excerpted from "A
Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 County Records in the Virginia State
Library and Archives":
"The importance of records keeping and maintenance is illustrated by the
fact that more than 40 percent of Virginia's county courts have suffered
records losses by fire, war, floods, or other causes. About half of
those have lost all or almost all of their records...The vulnerability of
records gained legislative attention when the Botetourt County Courthouse
was destroyed by fire in December 1970. A measure was then introduced in
the General Assembly, and in 1972...was passed, providing for the
inventorying, scheduling, and microfilming of official records of
"The state was divided into five districts, and localities within each
district were ranked for priority treatment, based on three general
criteria: value of the records in terms of age and content, condition of
the records and storage facilities, and whether or not security
microfilming of any records had already been done by any other group.
"The security microfilm aspect of the local records program is handled by
the Information Imaging Branch of the Archives and Records division. The
Archives Appraisal and Description Branch is responsible for transfer of
original records. The Code of Virginia and general schedules give firm
guidelines on disposition of records, so that even if permanent records
have been filmed, they cannot be destroyed. Localities lacking adequate
storage facilities are encouraged to transfer records to the Archives.
Once transferred, the records will eventually be flat filed, arranged,
stored in acid-free containers and scheduled for microfilming. After
filming, the original records usually remain in the Archives..."
a personal note: Of the dozens of reels of Virginia records I have
studied, I do not recall seeing any ascription except to "Virginia State
Library and Archives", in no case to LDS. -lpb
On Sun, 23 Jan 2000 20:11:16 EST VKRatliff(a)aol.com writes: I guess I
have just been happily scooting along all this time assuming that I could
eventually find 99.9% of what was findable in the LVA because the guys
from LDS did the same deal in VA that they did in GA; i. e. copy every
shred of paper in every courthouse in exchange for the copy they would
take back to Salt Lake City and an adjunct to the deal was that the state
archives would get a copy of all counties in addition to each county
getting copies of its own documents...What is the Virginia story in this
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