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[LIBRARY] Release: State Library Websites Named Nation's Best by Family Tree Magazine
Start Date: 12/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/2/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, December 02, 2013) – Family Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history publication, recently recognized the Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection among the “2013 Best State Websites” for the third-consecutive year and Indiana Memory for the first time.

"Being recognized by Family Tree Magazine is always a great honor for the Indiana State Library," said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. “Each year, this designation enables us to introduce our online resources and collections to family history researchers across the globe.”

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. 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.

“Our goal is to provide Hoosiers with instant access to the considerable genealogy resources at the State Library,” said Brooker. "Being named a ‘Best State Website’ for the third-straight year is a testament to the State Library’s collective effort to make new resources available online.”

Indiana Memory is a digital library providing free access to Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats. Administered by the Indiana State Library, it is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations, . Indiana Memory was launched on July 1, 2008 with 50 collections containing a cumulative total of 25,000 items. Today, Indiana’s digital library continues to grow and currently provides access to 154 collections and nearly 400,000 items.

"Indiana Memory connects many of Indiana's most historically significant collections into a single search engine," said Brooker. "This project has been a priority for the State Library for over five years and we’re excited to see it receive much-earned recognition."

Additional assistance is available for online researchers via the Ask-A-Librarian service, which offers phone, email and live chat options. The State Library also offers Family History Tours at least twice monthly, as well as several genealogy workshops. A complete listing of State Library events and workshops may be viewed online. The State Library also brings workshops to local communities.  Inquire about hosting a local workshop by calling 317-232-3689.

About the Indiana State Library
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.


Contact Information:
Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Best State Websites
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
  • Announcements
  • Hoosier History
  • Category:
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  • Agency Name
    Library, Indiana State

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