Yesterday morning, I tuned in a few minutes late to DearMYRTLE’s “Mondays With Myrt” webinar, and caught the tail-end of a conversation involving the words “Greeneville,” “Tennessee,” and “mold.” Fearing the worst – and not wanting to interrupt the webinar – I started frantically Googling those words to see what the fuss was about. Finding nothing, I gave up, and promptly forgot all about it.

Later that evening, I got a tweet from Dick Eastman: “Thousands of Court Files Damaged by Water Mold.” Figuring that must be the Greeneville story, I headed over to Eastman’s Online Genealogy Blog and found the bad news.

Apparently folks at the Greene County Circuit Court Clerk’s office discovered a serious water damage problem at a county records storage facility in downtown Greeneville. The damaged records have been sent to a Michigan company for “freeze drying” and attempted restoration.

You can view the sad video on the Greeneville Sun’s web site. If you’re a Greene County researcher… bring your tissues.

And people wonder why I keep digital copies – and multiple back-ups – of everything.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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