But, this is what can happen to our paper records. And, this is why I am thrilled that this county has allowed some recent digitizing of portions of their records.
From my experience I would guess that this damage was cause by the breakdown and over handling of the paper. Lucky for me, seeing that this is a record that I was interested in, the information seems to be there, the losses are minimal. I reviewed the entire record set, this was one of the most damaged records.
Yes, we do love digitizing of records.