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[LIBRARY] Release: State Library Genealogy Website Named among Nation’s Best
Start Date: 10/20/2011
End Date: 10/20/2011
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Explore Genealogy Collection resources at Saturday’s Genealogy & Local History Fair

INDIANAPOLIS (October 20, 2011) – Family Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history publication recently recognized the Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection for having a “2011 Best State Website.”  The Genealogy Collection’s website offers several features and resources that can assist visitors with their family history research. The website highlights statewide indexes to marriages, deaths, biographies and newspapers, as well as vital records and indexes for each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

“I would like thank Family Tree Magazine for this significant honor that will inevitably connect family history researchers nationwide to our collections,” said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian.  “Family history research has evolved into an online activity and our goal is to provide instant, online access to the considerable Genealogy resources at the State Library.”

The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. In addition to its abundant online resources, the collection includes over 40,000 printed items as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, military pension information and hundreds of CDs with family history information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states. Resources for Native American and African-American family history research are also available. 

“We have continually strived to build a strong online presence to complement our comprehensive in-house collection,” said Brooker. “From online resources and reference assistance to in-house and statewide programming, we want family history researchers to understand what is available and how to access and utilize our Genealogy resources.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Genealogy Collection is invited to attend this Saturday’s Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair. The third-annual event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis. Throughout the “midway” style exposition area, attendees can collect information from genealogical societies, local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors. The Fair will also feature programs and workshops hosted by family history experts, including Deborah Engelking, Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Indiana Stake Family History Center, and Loretto Dennis Szucs, nationally-known author and Executive Editor for Ancestry.com.

The State Library also offers Family History Tours at least twice monthly, as well as several family history workshops. A complete listing of State Library events and workshops may be viewed online. Additional reference assistance is available for online researchers via the Ask-A-Librarian service, which offers phone, email and live chat options. The State Library will also bring a workshop to a local community. Genealogy societies, senior communities or other community organizations may inquire about hosting a local workshop by calling 317-232-3689.

In addition to the Genealogy Collection, the Indiana Digital Archives was the only other Indiana-based website to be recognized by Family Tree Magazine. The Digital Archives, which instantly connects researchers to the vast collection historical and vital records housed at the State Archives, was named a “Best State Website” for the second consecutive year.

The Indiana State Library – Open for Exploration
The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana. Everyone is welcome to visit the State Library. Our professional staff is available to assist with research questions, offer expertise on a variety of subject matters, including genealogy, and provide general guidance and information about materials in the Library’s collections.

About Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history magazine, is the first mass-market, beginner-friendly genealogy magazine. It covers all areas of potential interest to family history enthusiasts, reaching beyond strict genealogy research to include historical travel, family reunions, scrapbooking, oral history, ethnic heritage, memoirs and other ways that families connect with their pasts. "Family Tree Magazine" strives to give readers all the resources they need to discover, preserve and celebrate their family histories -- and to provide engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that empowers readers to take the next step in the quest for their pasts.

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Media Contact: Drew Griffis
agriffis@library.in.gov, 317-650-6158

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Name: Drew
Phone: Griffis
Email: agriffis@library.in.gov
Family Tree Magazine: 2011 Best State Websites
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