The discovery of early Missouri court records in St. Charles County is only one part of the discovery of records that are rewriting Missouri history. Daniel Boone’s signature on some of the St. Charles County records is what catches the eye. But it’s what the records reveal about the way people lived that is the treasure. State Archivist Ken Winn says those records go with other pre-statehood records to give today’s Missourians closeup views of real life 200 years ago. The earliest records found date to the 1780s. Winn says thousands of valuable insights into Missouri are waiting to be discovered in other courthouses, maybe even in private attics. And, with each discovery, he says, Missouri history is rewritten.
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