Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Feb 21

FamilySearch Imaging Project Complete!

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 9:38 AM by Melissa Dalton

Roughly three years ago, FamilySearch approached our office about imaging some of our records. We viewed this partnership as an opportunity to have some of our most widely used records imaged/digitized, providing us with digital copies and making them more readily available to the public through the FamilySearch website.

If you are not familiar with FamilySearch, it is a nonprofit organization that focuses on making family history and genealogical records available to its members through digitization efforts carried out by contract employees. They are a subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and offer these resources through a free membership to their website (, and various Family History Centers throughout the world.

During the imaging process, FamilySearch provided a contractor, David, who worked tirelessly to get the records imaged. He spent three years with us, and finished the last box last week, terminating his time with us. Over the last few years, David had become part of our small Archives office, participating in our special events and celebrations. Needless to say, it has been strange not having him around, but we wish him all the best in his next adventure.

David from Family Search imaging records (JPG)
David imaging records for Family Search (Greene County Archives)

Although it can take a bit of time to learn the ins and outs of using the FamilySearch website, they provide tutorials and a help center to assist members in navigating the site. If you are interested in viewing any of our records, you can find them on their website, and we’ve provided a list of imaged records below. They may not have them all indexed yet, but with the proper navigation and search terms, you should be able to find most of them!

Imaged by FamilySearch:
• Enumeration of white, unmarried youth, 1831-1833
• Sale of School Land, 1836-1872
• Auditor’s Duplicates, 1800-1900
• Abstract of Real & Personal Property, 1825
• Personal Property Tax Lists, 1830, 1841
• Real Estate Tax Lists, 1806-1820 and 1807
• Virginia Military District/Congress Lands Tax Lists, 1821-1824
• Virginia Military Survey Record, 1792-1847
• Civil War Pension Claims Applications, 1889-1892
• Minutes of Soldiers Relief Commission/Soldiers Relief Records, 1886-1982
• Naturalizations, 1898-1951
• Naturalizations Index, 1845-1861
• Common Pleas Court Chancery Record, 1821-1854
• Common Pleas Court Civil Minutes, 1804-1813
• Common Pleas Court Index to Final Record, 1882-1887
• District Court Minute Book, 1852-1885
• Superior Court Appearance Docket, 1871-1876
• Superior Court Final Record, 1871-1875
• Superior Court General Index D/R, 1871-1875
• Superior Court Minutes, 1871-1875
• Supreme Court Chancery Record, 1824-1851
• Supreme Court/District Court General Index D/R, 1803-1873
• Supreme Court/District Court Record, 1803-1860
• Supreme Court Minutes, 1810-1818
• District Court Appearance Docket, 1852-1885
• District Court Record, 1861-1873, 1882-1884
• Supreme Court Execution Docket, 1871-1878
• Probate Court Estate/Case Files, 1832-1935
• Marriage Records, 1968-2012
• Marriage Certificate Returns, 1930-2006
• Mother’s Pension Case Files, 1914-1936
• Naturalizations Index List, 1861-1906
• Determination of Heirs, 1932-1963
• Probate Court, Miscellaneous Index, 1806-1950

Until Next Time!


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