Has anyone ever been to one of the places where the Northumberland County Record Books - those from the 18th century, specifically - are housed? Like the Virginia State Library? You can't possibly view these things, right - you at least have to settle for looking at microfiche. Well, what percentage of these books has already been transcribed or digitized? Anyone know? I am a bit confused about the whole thing.
Is there a possibility that if I ask to see microfiches of original court records of that time, that I am just taking the long way around, because its already been transcribed somewhere? Or is it possible that records of my ancestors are languishing somewhere in a library, untranscribed, and the only way I'll ever discover them is to ask to see the microfiches?
Many of my ancestors came from the Northumberland County, VA, area in the 1700's and I would like to know what my priority should be: 1) ask to see microfiche of the Northumberland County Record Books, in their original form, OR 2) settle for transcribed versions of these books as they appear in the various publications in which they have been published (William and Mary, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, etc.) 3) is there any option #3??????
I am not thinking very clearly, I guess the point of this post is to ask, if anyone knows of records out there that are locked up in an archive somewhere, not available to the public, awaiting future transcription etc.
Ugh very wordy and not very clear. Help!
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