For Immediate Release:
RELEASE: State Library Genealogy Website Named "Best State Website" by Family Tree Magazine
INDIANAPOLIS (December 18, 2012) - Family Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history publication recently recognized the Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection among the “2012 Best State Websites.” This is the second-consecutive year the State Library has received this designation. 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.
"We are very grateful to Family Tree Magazine for recognizing the State Library's online genealogy resources in consecutive years," said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. “Our goal is to provide Hoosiers with instant access to the considerable Genealogy resources at the State Library. This designation will certainly connect more researchers to our online resources.”
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 strive to build an online presence that complements the State Library's extensive Genealogy Collection,” said Brooker. “We want family history researchers to understand what is available and how to utilize our Genealogy Collection via online resources, reference assistance or in-house and statewide programming.”
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 family history 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.
In addition to the Genealogy Collection, the Indiana Digital Archives was recognized by Family Tree Magazine as a “Best State Website” for a third-consecutive year.
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