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The Search is on for a Downtown Indianapolis Site for the Proposed Indiana State Archives

The Indiana state budget approved by the general assembly last week includes twenty-five million dollars for a state archives building. However, the proposed building of the archives in what is currently green space on the city’s downtown canal was rejected. They are now looking for another downtown location. Read more about it in an AP […]

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Ancestry Employee Fired for Attempted Record Destruction at Federal Records Center

According to a March 27, 2015 article posted at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, Ancestry.com is currently suspended from digitizing 49 million WWII Draft cards at the Federal Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. An Ancestry employee, seemingly running behind on their work, was caught attempting to destroy records. Ancestry is under contract to digitize […]

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Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to the National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The following news release is from the National Archives: March 24, 2015 – Washington, DC: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This Commission carries out the grants program of the National Archives to increase public […]

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Michigan Death Certificates From 1921 to 1939 Now Available FREE Online – #Genealogy

It was announced today that digitized images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 are now freely available online. Digitized certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 were previously available. The index to 1940 through 1952 is said to be available soon. Privacy restrictions keep the actual images for that time period from being […]

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Missouri Death Certificates to Have Social Security Numbers Blacked Out

Missouri is one of only a few states making digitized death certificates available to the public – free of charge. They have to be 50 years old, but just the same… I saw a note posted by Anne Kruszka that the indexing for 1964 is done – so we can be expecting those shortly. However, […]

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The Alaska State Archives Research Room Closed Through March 27, 2015

The following is from the Alaska State Archives website. Between March 4—27, the Alaska State Archives Research Room will be closed and reference services curtailed so that staff can transfer and process approximately 10,000 boxes and court volumes from its 141 Willoughby Avenue facility into the new SLAM building.

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Donation to Conserve & Digitize Documents From the 1911 New York Capital Fire

In the very early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire got started in the 3rd floor Assembly Library of the New York Capital Building. The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor, then on to the fourth floor and both towers. Many thousands of manuscripts and books went up in flames. However, there […]

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Thoughts on the Elimination of the Indiana State Library #Genealogy Department

I posted a blog about the elimination of the genealogy department at the Indiana state archives earlier, but didn’t comment much on it. In reading further, it looks to me like the money is available to save the library budget – it’s just going to be used for other stuff – like 55 million bucks […]

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Genealogy Archives Opening at Cornwall Public Library, Ontario

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 12, 2104 edition of cornwallseawaynews.com: CORNWALL, Ontario – Local genealogists are getting an early Christmas present. The official opening of the Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent, at its new location at Cornwall Public Library, will take place Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. Généalogie et […]

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Indiana Contracts With Ancestry.com to Digitize 13M Vital Records

The following excerpt is from an article written by Bill McCleery, at the October 23, 2014 edition of indystar.com: The Indiana Commission on Public Records has approved a contract with Ancestry.com to digitize more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday. The birth and death certificates date […]

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The Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center Closed for Renovations Nov 3 thru January 1

The following teaser is from the thevindicator.com: Liberty, TX- The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will be closed for renovations from November 3, 2014 through January 1, 2015 as part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) multi-year plan to address critical safety and security needs at the 127-acre museum complex […]

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Detroit News Archival Materials Moving to the State Archives of Michigan

If you have Detroit-area ancestry, you’ll be interested to know that The Detroit News is moving their archival collections to the Michigan State Archives. These collections include items that Michigan researchers will want to check out. The following teaser is from the October 20, 2014 edition of detroitnews.com: As The Detroit News packs up for […]

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Juneau Archives Named for William L. Paul, Sr.

It’s been announced that the Juneau Alaska archives at the new Walter Soboleff building will be named for Tlingit Native rights champion, William L. Paul, Sr. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the October 19, 2014 edition of JuneauEmpire.com: The archives facility at the new Walter Soboleff building will be named for […]

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Connecticut State Library Digitizing WWI History

The following excerpt is from an article by David Drury, posted at courant.com: The now century-old conflict known to its contemporaries as the Great War left an indelible imprint on Connecticut. For those who lived through it, on the battlefield or the home front, it was a life-defining event, and the Connecticut State Library wants […]

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Hawaii State Archives Makes Documents More Accessible Online

For several years, the Hawaii State Archives has been diligently working to make the Archives documents more accessible to the public. The Archives was rather forced into it since many documents created today are in a digital form only, and they just weren’t set up to deal with them. Now we’re seeing both digital documents […]

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