[HISTORY: Adopted and amended as indicated in text.]
[P.L.L., 1860, Art. 10, sec. 152; 1888, sec. 264; 1930, sec. 449; 1961 Code, sec. 325]
The records or a copy thereof of all deeds, wills or other papers or documents recorded under the laws passed to remedy the evils arising from the loss and destruction of papers and records occasioned by burning the Court House of Dorchester County shall have the same effect as evidence or otherwise as the original records or copies thereof would have had if the same had not been burned or destroyed.
Recording. The Register of Wills of Dorchester County is authorized and directed, upon application and at the expense of any person interested, to record in a well-bound book, used or kept in his office for that purpose, the copy of any last will and testament or of the record thereof, together with all the certificates thereon, which appear to have been duly made and certified under the Official Seal of the office of the Register of Wills of said county prior to the burning of the Court House of said county in the month of May 1852, and said Register shall, on the back of said copy when recorded, make an endorsement of the recording thereof and of the page or folio of the book in which the same shall have been recorded.
[P.L.L., 1888, Art. 10, sec. 265; 1930, sec. 450; 1961 Code, sec. 326; 1884, ch. 165]
Effect upon filing. Whenever any such copy shall be filed for record in the office of the Register of Wills of said county, said copy shall thereafter be retained and preserved in said office and filed as original last wills and testaments are filed, and duly certified copies of the same or of the record thereof shall be evidence, to all intents and purposes, as are like copies of original last wills and testaments or the records thereof.
[P.L.L., 1888, Art. 10, sec. 266; 1930, sec. 451; 1961 Code, sec. 327; 1884, ch. 165]