18 November 2014

2014 Best Practices Award from the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks

They received the award for the Genealogy Corner, an online, publicly accessible archive that offers a wide variety of online research tools for anyone interested in the history of Collin County:
o   Historical marriage licenses, dating back to 1864 [as recent as 1949]
o   School Census records, 150,000 records dating back to 1941
o   Complete listing of Collin County elected officials, both past and present
o   Birth indexes, dating back to 1903 with some delayed birth records from the 1800s [as recent as December 21, 1935]
o   Death indexes, dating back to 1903 [as recent as December 31, 1986]
o   Marriage indexes, dating back to 1864 [as recent as December 31, 2010]
o   Interactive Cemeteries locator
o   Men and Women from Collin County in the Armed Forces during World War II

You can access ‘Genealogy Corner’ here.  Many of the listed items are indexes.  Copies of the actual documents can then be ordered with details on cost and how to do so provided.

I haven’t thought of Collin County in a few years though it has a special place in my heart as the birth place of my two “Texan” children!  Barney the purple dinosaur was all the rage around the same time.

Past Best Practice Award Winners from NACRC are listed here.  Interestingly, Collin County also received one last year for Marks, Brands and Tattoos.  You can access the currently registered Marks & Brands here (covers 2011 to the present). Really neat!

Archival best practice awards are a win-win.  Normally they involve something which allows the professionals tasked with managing records to be more effective and efficient and outcomes includes safer and often more accessible records which we love as family historians!

Are there other award-giving institutions for practitioners and the repositories of most interest to genealogists?

Editor’s Note – Thanks to Thomas MacEntee via his FB page for posting about this.
Editor’s Note – I added a few comments in brackets.

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