Friday, April 7, 2017

Monmouth County Clerk's Office

Yesterday, I went with the hubs to run an errand... 
- I didn't feel like going -
But I learned that sometimes you should go, that you're glad you did,
even when you didn't want to.

We went here, to the Monmouth County Clerks Office...

to scan through these books.

Inside, the books looked like this, information dating back to 1909.

Data and filings from 1906 here, the handwriting was exquisite.  

I instantly feel in love with theses books and their discolored, well worn pages.

Their reinforced corners protecting the delicate pages. 

Washington Rallying The Troops at Monmouth

Next time I don't feel like going, I will remember today...and how much I enjoyed it!
April 6, 2017


  1. Hello, Debbie. It is a pretty building. I like the books and the pretty handwriting. The picture of Washington is awesome. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  2. Molly Pitcher Food Market--I loved that entry. To me, court houses are wonderful. The "old" smells in the records department--knowing that my grand parents birth certificates, and parents and even mine, are in that room--- Ahhhh.

  3. I need to get out more. Had to make a trip yesterday...felt weird being out during the week.

  4. Oh my goodness, Debbie, how you pulled up some memories for me! I can't tell you how many of those heavy record books I have pulled from courthouse shelves to find out things on my ancestors. I couldn't lift one now.

  5. Oh, I'm so glad you decided to go! Look at the handwriting. Did I ever tell you I have a handwritten letter dated 1895; she was my grandfather's youngest sister. The hand writing is so beautiful, I can hardly read it.


  6. This is a very interesting post, thanks Debbie. Loved the photos as always. My Dad had the most exquisite handwriting. Lots of scrolls which many people today have a hard time understanding, but as I grew up with it I enjoyed it and always admired his skill. Glad you decided to go also :)

  7. Really cool shots on a cool subject. Glad you decided to go and enjoy what you found around you. Very, very neat things to spend the day looking through.

  8. I'm glad you went too, Debbie.
    Those books are a real treasure, and the handwriting was the first thing I noticed.
    I am again reminded that here in NY, teaching cursive handwriting has been pulled from the school curriculum, and that bothers me more than I can say. It is such a wonderfully individual thing. Almost like a fingerprint.
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

  9. Pretty good shape for something so old

  10. Being open enough to try things can lead to great discoveries.

  11. Our small town clerk's office has these books with very old information. I always loved looking through them when I did some genealogy research.

  12. Isn't it fun looking through old stuff, the east coast has such great history!! Glad you didn't stay home :)

  13. Those books are real treasures - so much history there. A lovely building, too, with the pretty flowering tree and historical painting inside. The handwriting is so beautiful <3

  14. I love looking through old books. I especially love the handwriting. The writing in that era was so elegant. I feel sad that some schools are getting rid of cursive writing. I have always loved history so I would have enjoyed this trip. I am happy you took the trip with that dear hubby of yours.

  15. Yes, I zoomed in on one of those pages, and the handwriting was most excellent.

  16. Yes, that handwriting is lovely to see.
    In years to come I guess the records will only be on computer which is good, but not quite the same!

    All the best Jan

  17. Oh, how cool! Love those books, too!