Monday, May 11, 2009

IGS To Add Databases For All 92 Counties

The Board of Directors of the Indiana Genealogical Society recently approved a new project, titled "The 2 for 92 Project." It commits IGS to developing a minimum of two genealogical databases for each of the 92 counties in Indiana. Once developed, these databases will be added to the Members Only section of the IGS website, to be used by members of the Indiana Genealogical Society in researching their family history.

IGS District Directors and Indiana County Genealogists will lead the effort to locate sets of data and to arrange for digital versions to be submitted. The Board also encourages all members of the society to send in their data ideas, suggestions for sources, and any other materials relevant to the project. And *any* individuals who are interested in seeing more research data about Indiana and its counties become available--regardless of whether they are an IGS member or not--are encouraged to submit files to the project. All submissions will be credited.

Examples of possible submissions are: voter lists, cemetery readings, school graduation lists, military rosters, probate indexes, directory indexes, tax lists, and other genealogical materials. Older printed lists that have not been previously digitized are also good candidates for submission. Any materials that are subject to copyright must be accompanied by the copyright owner’s release.

IGS aims to complete this project as soon as possible, so Indiana researchers can have more resources available to them. The Board emphasizes that the 2 files per county is a minimum project figure, and expects the state’s genealogical community to respond with a much greater quantity of material.

Questions about the project (including what file formats will be accepted) may be directed to the Indiana Genealogical Society’s webmaster at webmaster@indgensoc.org. You may also get some ideas for databases by visiting the Members Only section.

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