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Courthouse Detective
Investigate the mysteries of your family history in county courthouse records across the country — without leaving home.

To access your ancestors' vital records, probate files, deeds and other important county-level documents, most genealogy books will tell you to “go to the courthouse.” But what if the courthouse is 400 or 800 or 1,600 miles away?

Don't panic! You can reach these valuable records without trekking across the country. Even long-distance, you can get copies from your ancestors' courthouse. And if you strike out there, you can explore several alternative methods for getting such information.

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