Tuesday, August 25, 2009

IGS Receives Grant for Records Preservation Project

The Indiana Genealogical Society has received a grant for $500 from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak for the Records Preservation Project. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a nationally-known genealogy speaker and author who is president of Roots Television and a spokesperson for Ancestry.com. Through her website, Honoring our Ancestors, she gives grants to genealogy projects from across the country.

The Records Preservation Project is an effort to preserve and digitize probate records for Hendricks County, Indiana. Initially, the scope of the project was 25 boxes of records dating from 1824 (when the county was founded) through 1899. The recent discovery of an additional 25 boxes of records dating from 1900 to 1930 has expanded the scope of the project.

This is a pilot project for the Indiana Genealogical Society, to help determine if preservation efforts in other counties in Indiana can be successful. Donations to the project are welcome.

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