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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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May 19

3rd Annual "I Found It In the Archives Contest!"

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM by Elise Kelly

 We are very excited to announce that we are kicking off our "I Found It In the Archives Contest!" For the last two years, we've had numerous people enter the contest. logo 

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Last Year's Winner - Amber McKenzie
 The last two winners wrote compelling essays about discovering surprising family histories. They were able to piece together their family stories using the records found in the Greene County Archives.

You can read their essays here on our website. 
If you are interested in entering our contest but have never been to the Greene County Archives, we would briefly like to explain what an archives is and what can be found in an archives.
 An Archives is a place to go to FIND information, but instead of finding it in books as you would in a library, you find the information firsthand from letters, diaries, photos, maps, reports, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.
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Greene County Records Center & Archives

You just never know what you might find in the Archives! At the Greene County Archives you might find deed, tax, will and estate records; aerial and survey maps; marriage, birth and death records and these are just a few of the records that we have!

The records that you find here at the Greene County Archives can provide you with the information that may help you break through some of those brick walls that you have hit in your research.


web   We encourage all of you to check out our "I Found It in the Archives" webpage for details about the contest. On this page, you will find the contest rules, entry forms, due dates, how to vote and prizes!

This is an awesome opportunity to share your story! We look forward to reading them!

Contest Entries are DUE by July 15, 2016. Start scheduling a summer trip to the Archives!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Our first contest winner wrote about her Uncle Ike who shot the Cedarville Sheriff. What record did the Greene County Archives have to help her with her story?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: How many organizations have endorsed the History Relevancy Campaign statement? - Answer: Over 100 organizations have endorsed the History Relevancy Campaign.

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