By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
The Wilson County Archives was recognized at Monday nights meeting of the Wilson County Commission for its service to preserving the history of the county.
Established in 1995, co-directors Linda Granstaff and Thomas Partlow enlisted a team of longtime volunteers to clean, organize and index numerous loose county records. They clean the records, many of which go back to the early 1800s, so that sometime in the future they will be microfilmed, Partlow said.
These volunteers include: Catherine Brown, Catherine Nolen, Lee Atwood, Shirley Wilson, Arretha Oakley and Richard Atwood. Each of the volunteers has served over 10 years, with Brown and Wilson serving 14. They are here one day a week for about eight hours, Partlow said.
All of our records are here county records that go back to the beginning of the county and all of our records are intact, he said, adding that other counties have had to deal with records being destroyed in fires.
Partlow said that he has personally organized books containing marriage records from 1800 to 1930. People like to come in and research their family. If it is here they can find it in a short time.