A major project to digitize records kept at the Franklin County Clerk of Courts office is now underway.
In November the Franklin County Commission agreed to work with a company called Kofile to digitize 299 record books dating back to 1855.
This week the company picked up those records that are included in the “Phase One” project.
Currently the county has digitized records going back to 1986 which can be seen at the Clerk of the Court website.
Anything before that has to be viewed in person at the Clerks office.
Once this program is complete, all record going back to 1855 will be available on the website and people will be able to search index books as well as view and purchase document records 24 hours a day from the comfort of their home or office.
That includes John Gorries original last will and testament and the inventory on his ice machine, which happens to be in the 1855 book.
Not only will the scanning make the records mare easily accessible, but it will also insure that the records are protected from fire, flood or other major disaster.
And many of the books in question are getting very old and beginning to fall apart.
The total cost of the project is 275 thousand dollars, which can hopefully covered by COVID Relief funds.
The commission agreed to start the project by using about 82 thousand dollars in the counties CARES funds.