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Have never heard that the county was going to rebind any marriage books. The records start in 1872, before that was burned in court house fires. A few are in "Wilson's History". No books are missing between Book 2, starts with 1872, and Book 9, thru 1945. Those 8 books are the ones I abstracted the information from, put on a CD and sell with the profits going to the Historical Society. There are four printed copies, one each in Polk Co Genealogical Society, Hickory Co Public Library, Hickory Co Court House and my personal copy.
With the printed notebook of the 8 marriage books, that is all that the courthouse needs to let anyone handle. All information is included in what I extracted from the license returns. The old books are certainly falling apart, if they are going to rebind them, it would certainly help to perserve them. But the notebook is all that they need to let the public handle. If a copy of license return is wanted, then the court house personnel can make a photo copy of original record and charge their fee.
The Historical Society really has no set hours of being open other than a few "open house" dates, usually holiday weekends, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. New schedule should be up on USGENWEB site or museum site. Phone numbers are listed on the museum website which you can call and if any of us are available, we would be glad to meet you at the museum and open the door for a tour or you can set up a time for going thru the files we hold. We would be glad to take any donations also. Phone numbers are also on front door of musuem. Gave a tour today for some people visiting relatives here, they were from Colorado.