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Re: Courthouse lookups?
Posted by: Kristina (ID *****1785) Date: December 19, 2002 at 16:40:06
In Reply to: Courthouse lookups? by William Megginson of 506

I do courthouse visits but i charge, you'd have to check my web site, for further information. I know there might be a few people on line that do it for free, but last time i looked they had a 6 month wait. and hadn't updated their web site in a few years.
But you also have to keep in mind the MESS they have made out of those books.
I been thru those books and remember they are hand written and very very few and far between and only if they went to probate.
2nd even if u know the exact location of death there is no guarantee a will is in the norfolk court house.
I don't know the exact dates, i have it written someplace,
but once upon a time, NORFOLK was HUGH, then they started breaking it up into sections.
Giving a piece to VA BCH ( aka Princess Anne County) and then later to portsmouth and chesapeake,)
then they took all the marriage, will, land records
and split them up.
so it might take a trip into norfolk & chesapeake.
I won't go to Portsmouth, it's really not the safest place in the world. I use to work down there.
i have some stuff on hand but a little earlier than what you require, but just an fyi those records in actually go back to 1600 in all court houses, the books just sit out in the open both in norfolk and chesapeake, and anyone can look thru them. some of the books are in good condition and some just looking (not touching) causes disintergration.
The kirn has some good stuff too. I usually spend a few hours a week over there, getting stuff for my web site.
kristina
www.nyvagenealogy.homestead.com


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