Indiana Digital Archives Named Best State Website by Family Tree Magazine

INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2011) — The Indiana Digital Archives has been named a “Best State Website” by Family Tree Magazine for the second consecutive year. America’s #1 family history publication will release thelist of honorees in its December 2011 issue.

The “Best State Website” list honors America’s leading genealogy research websites. The seventy-five sites listed represent the go-to bookmarks for browsing America’s past, state by state. The Indiana Digital Archives joined Indiana State Library: Genealogy Collection as one of only two honorees from the State of Indiana. Family Tree Magazine also named the Digital Archives a “Best Website of 2011,” which encompasses genealogy and history-related sites from all sources public or private, subscription or free.

“This recognition by Family Tree Magazine is another great honor for the Indiana State Archives and is especially rewarding for State Archives staff and the dozens of volunteers whose years of hard work have made the Indiana Digital Archives a success,” said Jim Corridan, Director of the Commission on Public Records and State Archivist. “The Digital Archives has become increasingly popular among researchers due to its ability to instantly connect them to valuable historical records and other holdings within the Indiana State Archives.”

Friends of the Indiana State Archives volunteers have spent the last 16 years creating indexes for many of the state’s records that are now available within the Digital Archives. Researchers can browse these indexes to many of the most popular Indiana State Archives collections, including death, institution, military and naturalization records, among others.

About the Indiana Digital Archives
The Indiana Digital Archives is operated by the State Archives Division of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. The result of a cooperative partnership made possible by a grant from the Library of Congress and administered by the Washington State Archives, the Digital Archives has more than 2.5 million searchable records online. Other partners include the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.

From before statehood in 1816 and on through to its approaching bicentennial, Indiana has been home to thousands of settlers and immigrants. The Digital Archives enables Hoosiers and citizens worldwide to browse the vast collection historical and vital records housed at the State Archives.

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, scrap-booking, 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.