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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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Oct 23

You Can Learn a lot from Estate Vouchers!

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 3:23 PM by Elise Kelly

This week we have asked our intern, Paul Dority to write about his experiences while working here at the Greene County Records Center & Archives. Paul comes to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a first year graduate student at Wright State University, he is obtaining his Masters Degree in History with a concentration in War & Society.

Image to the left: Paul Dority, happily going to make photocopies.

A Scene Depicting a Battle during the Russian Civil War
by Leonid Perfetsky via Wikimedia Commons.
 Paul has been a wonderful asset to the Archives and our staff have enjoyed listening to Paul describe and explain his thesis topic. We have gained a much appreciated understanding on the Russian Civil War - a fascinating yet tragic time in history. 

Paul's Own Words
During my time here at the Greene County Records and Archives I have had a wonderful time working alongside the staff on projects related to the community in Greene County.

 My position here is that of an intern and my duties are to prepare estate vouchers for microfilming in the future, which is a very gratifying experience for the fact that I have gained an interesting insight into the people who lived here and developed the community.
Estate Vouchers from the 1950s

Last Will & Testament Record
Within this archive and especially when it comes to seeing people’s last will and testaments you get a really good idea of who these people are, where they worked and how they interacted with others.

For my time here in Greene County, as a student at Wright State, I doubt that I would understand the community as well as I do without the help of the estate bills from the archives.

It is remarkable to see just how much information comes out of these vouchers. You can see a person’s social status within the community, their business investments in the area of Greene County and just how big (or small) their family was through these estates.

I would say one of the most important things I have learned out of working here is that these archives serve a purpose beyond just filing away estate vouchers for records sake.

These documents give a community a tangible identity that stretches back farther than most people would know and the stories out of them need to be shared to better understand the people who have contributed to Greene County’s unique feel.
Some of the boxes Paul has been working through.
Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: When was the Russian Civil War?
Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: What patriot of the American Revolution served as a silversmith apprentice? - Paul Revere


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