Stored safely away in the courthouses of Maryland are many valuable historical and genealogical records, which haven’t been digitized. To use these valuable records, someone has to visit the location and visually look over the documents.
Today I was working on some genealogy at one of those repositories, the Somerset County Courthouse in Princess Anne, and spent a number of productive hours there. While some valuable documents, such as Wills, are available electronically on the Net, there are many lesser materials with enormous amounts of data waiting to be harvested for an investigation. In the Register of Will’s office, there are the old-fashioned letter-press files full of correspondence, which haven’t been touched for years. And there are also a number of bound volumes there that haven’t been scanned for placement on the World Wide Web. The same thing applies to the criminal, civil, and land records for Somerset County as there are many records there waiting to be examined. It was a fruitful day doing some research on the Lower Shore.