|Vigo County Courthouse|
Our last 55,000 images in Crawfordsville and our first ones in Terre Haute have been large, old books. They present an entirely different challenge than do the individual documents from the probate packets.
|Some of Montgomery Co. books of wills and marriages|
|Chuck, our field supervisor, showing us his "book" technique|
We're grateful for the computer software, keeping track of not only the image, but of "metadata" connected with each image--it's page, book, project, date, etc. With one click the camera captures both sides of the opened book, separating the pages into separate images--a great two-for-one special. Some of the more recent books are not permanently bound, allowing us to dismantle them and lay the pages flat. That's a lot easier.
|Vigo's book storage in the attic of the courthouse|
|This might be the only document linking little Ida to her past|
Here is William Parsons renewing his license as a physician in 1863. He's 43 (as recorded in the US 1860 Census) and practicing in a little town south of Crawfordsville. He married as an older man and has a young wife and 2 small children to support.
|Dr. Parsons' License|
Here's Archelous C. Austin, receiving his inheritance at the death of his grandmother, Nancy Austin. He and his 4 siblings each received $75.45, the total sum received from the sale of their grandmother's house and property. All 5 children and their birth dates were listed in the accompanying probate documents--a goldmine for Family History research.
|A Grandson's Inheritance|
|A call for us to do our part in linking together the human family|