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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "St. Joe County archives create digital records database"

Here is the long story by Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune. It begins:

SOUTH BEND -- In a nondescript building on South Lafayette Boulevard, the St. Joseph County Archives and Records Center holds a large chunk of this county's history in its 380,000-plus files.

It's sometimes called the county government's "best-kept secret," says archives director Vicky Rydzynski.

Rydzynski oversees the department responsible for housing records the county generates, from court records to marriage licenses and divorce decrees, and everything in between. She said archive efforts in the last year have focused on creating a digital database of all marriage records in the county, from 1832 to the end of 2012.

"The push (for digital records) has been because of space, and because it's basically almost easier to do with departments already making digital records," she said Tuesday. "We have been seeing a push in the last 10 years, and it's a big push for easy access to records."

What does this mean for county residents? An ease of access to information, according to Rydzynski. For now, residents need to visit the archive center to access most information, but eventually information such as entire marriage applications will be available online.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 24, 2013 01:49 PM
Posted to Indiana Government