16 September 2016

County Historians -- Are You "Taking Advantage" of them?

County Historians -- Are You “Taking Advantage" of them?

Normally, when we talk of “taking advantage” of someone, we don’t usually mean that as a good thing!

On the other hand, if we don’t make use of the resources available to us, are we doing our ancestors and their history a disservice?

County historians aren’t the most visible resource for North Carolina researchers.  Historically there seems to have been a dynamic organization called the "North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians.” 

That said, I was re-introduced to county historians when I came across County historians play vital roll in preserving past which talks about Indiana and its county historians. Here is another article about Indiana’s great program -- County historians work to preserve, share the past.

Indiana isn’t the only state with a county historians program.  I came across one for NY State and TN.  Based on the number of website mentions across these two states, these programs seem to be pretty active.

So, if you are not “taking advantage” of the local county historian, you might be missing out on some invaluable insight into the community.

Are county historians popular in your state?  Does your county have one (or somebody similar)? Does your city/town/community have one?

What was the greatest assistance you received from a county historian?

What single nugget of information from a county historian helped crumble your brick wall?

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