During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following is a question asked and The Genealogy Center staff's response.
Where do you look when the courthouse was burned during the War of 1812?
Even if some of the records were destroyed, there are probably other sources within the county that survived. If deed records burned, look for land records at the Land Office. For vital records, try church records. Remember, your ancestors may not have attended church in the same county where they lived. People took the easiest routes for traveling to shop, attend church, and other social functions.
Family Search has a Research Wiki page which provides links to states with burned counties. Click on a state, scroll through the information until you see the list of burned counties to see a list of what records were lost. This Research Wiki Page, Burned Counties Research, also provides tips and alternatives to finding records and information in burned out areas.