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Historians cry foul when Va. county tosses records

Friday - 7/19/2013, 4:30am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Local historians are condemning Albemarle County officials for tossing out Depression-era land records they say included important information for historians and genealogy researchers.

Albemarle County spokeswoman Lee Catlin tells The Daily Progress of Charlottesville (http://bit.ly/1auVaPG) the records were discarded in May in an effort to conserve space in county offices. State guidelines call for records created before January 1904 to be offered to the Library of Virginia before being tossed, but these didn't qualify.

The records were compiled by workers for the Works Progress Administration. Historians say they often were used by modern-day researchers interested in determining how properties were used and who lived there.

The records included notes on family histories on local properties.

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society director Steven Meeks says his organization would have accepted the records.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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