How you can Help Family Tree Researchers
As the popularity of genealogy research increases (with websites like ancestry.com and 23andMe), it only seems natural that public records which were once only accessible in-person are digitized and available online with increasing regularity. Can you imagine spending your day researching your family tree by scrolling through rolls of microfilm or thumbing through volumes of birth records and deeds at your County Clerk’s office? Even worse, your family hails from the east coast and their electronic records are only available from 1940 to present. You don’t have the funds nor the time to take a “vacation” to research records. You’re stuck.
You can imagine that this is likely a common problem all across the United States. We have become an increasingly mobile society. It’s becoming rarer for people to be born and die in the same city or, for that matter, the same state! Yet, the curiosity about our ancestry seems be growing each year. What can you do as a clerk to assist these family tree researchers?
You’re entrusted with an incredible amount of personal data dating back many decades (marriage licenses, property records, court & probate records, etc). It’s likely that more recent data is digitized and accessible to the public via an internet search portal on your website. But it’s also almost certain that there is still a lot of information that lies in wait of scanning and indexing, inaccessible to the masses because it’s in books and files that have yet to be digitized. It’s like a hidden treasure, yet to be discovered.
If you’d like to set up a free evaluation to better understand the status of your records, we’d be happy to help. The first step is always figuring out what you have already scanned and from there you can determine what is left. Once that is established, a plan to move ahead can be implemented based on your budget. Contact us today to get started!