I have been a genealogist for many years, and have co-authored several books with my late mother, Lillian Broughton Creech, of Middlesboro. I have recently had a very lovely experience in the office of the Bell County superintendent in Pineville.
I have been trying to identify children of some of the families that were missed from federal census records. I had heard that the school also keeps its own census records, so I went to the superintendent’s office and talked to Donna Phipps.
She was so kind as to take time from her busy day to search through records that were over 100 years old. How delightful it was to find that most of these records still exist and are maintained in good condition.
It is so nice when one finds that tax dollars are being used to provide such an excellent service to the public. Other government employees would do well to emulate the excellent example being set by the staff in the superintendent’s office.
Fredwyn Creech Schwendeman