There is a special place in my heart for old court houses. They have creaky, squeaky floors. They sometimes smell musty. The chairs and benches are hard and uncomfortable for sitting. The stairs are steep. The photos of important people in the county are creepy.
They also hold the stories about my family: marriage records, land transactions, birth and death records. Sadly many of the court houses in the South were burned during the Civil War. State Archives also contain family stories with newspaper articles, census records and old photos.
Old court houses, they have a wonderful history and are waiting for me to learn more about my family.