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Texas Heritage Society President Quoted in Report on the Preservation of Texas Court Records

The Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force, appointed in 2009 by the Texas Supreme Court and chaired by Houston attorney Bill Kroger and Texas General Land Office Commissioner, Mark Lambert, has released its findings on the condition of county and district court records in the State of Texas in a report dated August 31, 2011.  
 
Click on this link to read the Report on the Preservation of Historical Texas State Court Records. This report mentions Texas Heritage Society President Kameron K. Searle, JD. whose first-hand knowledge of the condition of Montgomery county records motivated Searle to write to the Montgomery County District Clerk stating his own findings, quoted here, 
  "Historians who are familiar with the Records appreciate the wealth of information they contain. The Montgomery County District Clerk recounted a report from one historian who recently looked at the Records: "We have a letter from a local historian, Kameron Searle, expressing his concern that many of these court documents are in danger of being lost through deterioration. He [Searle] has done extensive research on the history of Montgomery County and states, 'documents found in two of [the Montgomery County District Clerk] case files have been especially important to his research regarding the large pre-Republic of Texas settlement in Stephen F. Austin's Colony known as the Lake Creek Settlement. It had been forgotten for over a hundred years until [he] began [his] research.'  
 
   There are untold stories about the lives of both famous and ordinary Texans in these Records...." 
 
From the Report on the Preservation of Historical Texas State Court Records 
 
 

— Melinda R. Cagle, Editor