Thursday, February 25, 2010

Genealogists to the Rescue!

The Suburban Journals chain of newspapers serving the St. Louis metropolitan area reports on a group of genealogists who have devoted years to the indexing of the court records of Monroe County, Missouri. The story, by Chris Campbell, commences:
Pat Vaseska emerged from the records room at the Monroe County Courthouse with blood on her hands.

A nail had pricked her probing finger. That's not an unusual occurrence for Vaseska, who has been working in the room for almost a decade, attempting to index more than 150 years of court records.

"It's a miracle I don't have tetanus," Vaseska joked.

Vaseska was joined by three friends: Janet Flynn, Jan Wenk and Phyllis Veath. All are ardent students of genealogy.

The group began working to index Monroe County's "treasure trove" of court documents eight years ago.

Image credit: John Swistak, Jr.