Lycoming County joins the Book One Club

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Lycoming County is preserving the past by digitizing documents dating back to the 18th century.

Through collaboration with Avenu Insights and Analytics, Lycoming County’s Register and Recorder David Huffman helped plan a way to digitally preserve their historic records.

“Numerous meetings having to go off-site to image certain things to get the best quality image to be presented online,” said Huffman.

This process started in October 2020 and took about seven months to complete.

“They have actually scanned all the way back to book one, which is 1795. So all of the county’s records are available online for public searching,” said Ann Kirkbride, Business Unit Director at Avenu Insights and Analytics.

Earning the county the Book One award, for preserving their very first documents to the present day. Kirkbride says the project uncovered some fascinating old records.

“When a cow was used to buy a parcel of property or a piece of property was purchased for 5 cents. So yeah, some of those were the most interesting ones,” said Kirkbride.

Some challenges were understanding certain documents, especially those in cursive and dividing the extra workload for the county.

“I mean we’re short-staffed and there’s limited opportunities to spend on additional work,” said Huffman.

Huffman credits help from the entire office and says he’s proud they were able to secure the county’s history.

“To be able to help people have access to this type of information in a convenient way, an easy convenient way is extremely important,” said Huffman.

For more information on how to access these records, head to Pennsylvania Land Records website for more.

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