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Friday, August 5, 2011

Lafayette County Missouri Research Review

Today I went to Lafayette County Missouri to do some research for a client.  The courthouse is the oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi River.  It was a beautiful old white courthouse.  It actually looked like the courthouse in Toulon Illinois.  So i'm thinking the same firm designed it. 

I went to pick up records for Marraiges, Deeds and Wills and Probates.  The staff were very friendly and all the records were computerized.  Unfortuantely there computer records are not as accurate as would seem.  There was a marriage record that I was looking for that was not in their computer but when we looked at their bound indexes the marriage record was the first one in 1842.  The staff knew that the computer was not going to be correct and suggested checking the bound volumes.  The staff at the Lafayette County courthouse were very friendly, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with on this project. 

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