Wednesday, July 31, 2013

8,000 Documents Prepped in Two Months!

Our dedicated volunteers have completed document preparation on over 8,000 Wills, Estate Records, and Releases in just two months! Our deepest thanks and gratitude to all for their sincere interest in working on this project, and for their desire to see these important documents brought into the new light of online searchability.

In the coming weeks, we will be processing Orders and Notices to Creditors. Orders name the Executor or Administrator of an estate. These are easy documents to prep and we anticipate that the work will go very quickly.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Digitization Begins!

On July 22, Tony Gilread, FamilySearch camera operator, arrived and set up camera operations on the 2nd floor of the Hall of Records in Annapolis. He imaged 3,500 pages in one day! Our volunteers will have the opportunity to meet Tony and learn how he images the documents which we are prepping. We will work hard to keep up with him, but we are up to the challenge! We invite anyone who enjoys history, genealogy, archival research and handling old documents to join us and participate in this historic project. Send an email to

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On to Releases!

We have finished the Carroll County Wills and have just begun working on Releases. There are two types of releases:  Guardian (a minor who reaches the age of maturity "releases" his guardian and receives his inheritance; Regular (adult(s) acknowledge that they have received the money bequeathed to them, thus "releasing" their claim on the decedent's estate.

These are challenging documents to prep! Sometimes it's straightforward, but often it's confusing. We now  read the sometimes-beautiful, sometimes-awful, handwriting of the clerks to extract the correct name(s) from these documents. There can be multiple persons named and a lot of legalize to wade through. But, it's an amazing education and a fascinating group of records to review.

These releases can be just a short paragraph or two, or longer documents on large pages, folded almost like origami. These documents were created in 1860 and 1865!

We welcome you to join us and you, too, can experience the joy of working with documents such as these!
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