Records Burned in Franklin County, NC

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Some of the irreplaceable records that were burned by Franklin County. Photo from the Heritage Society of Franklin County

Maybe I am a little late to the game on this story but I was discussing it with a patron last week.  It seems that on December 6, 2013, Franklin County, NC burned a slew of records,  with many of them older than 100 years old. According to the Heritage Society of Franklin County the records included:

Chattel Mortgages from the 1890’s, court dockets from post civil war to prohibition, delayed birth certificate applications with original supporting documents (letters from Grandma, bible records, birth certificates, etc), county receipts on original letterhead from businesses long extinct, poll record books, original school, road and bridge bonds denoting the building of the county, law books still in their original paper wrappings, etc., etc. etc. The list goes on and on.

It seems that these records had been locked away in a basement like King Tut’s tomb untouched for many years.  Some had water damage from leaky boilers and many had mold from an air conditioner, but most were in good condition. Nevertheless, only a few were saved from being burned.

Read a detailed account of the fiasco at the Heritage Society of Franklin County Facebook Page

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