In a few short seconds I was handed a paper and pen, asked to write down what information I wanted, was informed they knew the Archivist there, and if I would be back in the morning they
would have answers for me. Oh. My. Goodness. True to their word when I went by their booth the next day I had a brochure from the archive, a business card for the man to contact, and was informed he was waiting for my email because those records were there. Oh. My. Goodness.
I wrote to him told him again what I was looking for and had a prompt reply back. The reply included a reminder that I could come and look at the records and to give him an email when I was coming so they could be ready for me. Within 2 weeks of my mailing my check for copies I had my envelope of records.These documents are the court records of Loudon County, Virginia where my 5th great-grandfather Edward Darnell Arvin gave sworn testimony that he served in the Revolutionary War while living in Maryland. A cousin of mine, from another son of my 4th great-grandfather Henry Arvin, has a wonderful website with this document and tons of research on it. However, there is nothing, NOTHING, like seeing it for yourself. To me, being able to hold and analysis a document is so much more rewarding than only seeing it on a computer screen.
Best part, reading it and then having a light bulb go on. There is a connection here between a 5th great-grandfather on my mother’s side and a 5th great-grandfather on my father’s side. Have to do a little more digging, but this is going to be a great phone call to mom and dad.