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Re: ATTENTION:NELSON COUNTY CLERK!!!!!! ALLOW US TO COPY ANY AND ALL DEEDS,BOUND OR
Posted by: Margaret (ID *****7169) Date: July 22, 2009 at 08:48:37
In Reply to: ATTENTION:NELSON COUNTY CLERK!!!!!! ALLOW US TO COPY ANY AND ALL DEEDS,BOUND OR by CARLA PAGE of 429

Carla:

The Freedom of Information Act applies to Federal Government agencies only, not state. The Constitutional amendment concerning freedom of the press indicates that the Federal Government cannot abrige the freedom of the press. Neither applies to state or county government.
Have you tried visiting the Library of Virginia? They have copied courthouse documents and books from most counties and they are on microfilm. If you cannot get to the Library of Virginia go to your local library and see if they can order a copy of the microfilm with the information you need on it.

A lot of old "historic" books from Virginia courthouses were turned over to their local historical societies after they were copied by the Library of Virginia because of lack of space in the courthouses. You might try the Nelson County Historical Society to see if they have the information you need.

I know it is very frustrating to make a special visit to courthouses only to be told they have restrictions on what you can see. A lot of courthouses are protecting the historic books and documents since the Library of Virginia has copies which are available. Believe it or not, some people researching their family histories have actually cut pages from the old books and taken original marriage documents instead of making copies.


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