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Indiana State Library's website featured in annual list of the 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy


 Family Tree Magazine has announced the release of  its newly-revised and updated 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy list. The list highlights the best state-based resources for family historians to research their family tree.

The Indiana State Library's External link opens in new tab or windowGenealogy Collection website has been chosen to be part of the list.


"We're proud of how this list highlights the great work being done by societies, archives and libraries around the country," said Family Tree Magazine editor Andrew Koch. "And entries for additional U.S. territories will hopefully help even more researchers find their ancestors."


The State Library's Genealogy Division website includes indexed marriages, death listings, biographies and newspapers. The Indiana Legacy collection indexes records at libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies, while Indiana Memory includes oral histories, city directories, photographs, newspapers, yearbooks and more. Additionally, users can find letters, diaries, photographs and family Bible records under Indiana State Library Digital Collections.


The 75 Best State Websites list is compiled by contributing Family Tree Magazine editor Rick Crume. The list covers a wide variety of websites for family historians, and each entry is accompanied by a summary of what makes each website valuable. Many of these online collections feature not just indexes and catalogs, but actual images of historical records and photographs as well as digitized vital records, diaries, biographies and more sources that can bring family history alive.

Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere to view the full list of websites. Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere to read Family Tree Magazine's complete press release.




‘Indiana’s Great Outdoors’ Statehood Day essay contest now accepting submissions

The Indiana Center for the Book is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 205th Statehood Day. This year’s theme is “Indiana’s Great Outdoors.” The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders.


Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme “Indiana’s Great Outdoors.” Judges will interpret the theme. Thematic ideas include: Why is nature important? How do you enjoy nature in Indiana? Why are water and other natural resources important? What outdoor recreational spots in Indiana are special to you? Why is nature important to a great state?


Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, Dec. 10 in a ceremony that may be in-person or may be virtual. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony. In-person ceremonies may take place at the Indiana Statehouse or other locations, pandemic permitting.


The first-place winner receives a CollegeChoice 529 deposit of $250, while the second, third and fourth-place winners receive CollegeChoice deposits of $150.


The essay contest rules are as follows:


- The competition is open to any Indiana fourth grade public, private or homeschooled student in the 2021-22 school year.


- A panel of judges, including Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators, will choose the first, second, third and fourth place winners.


- Essays must range from 100 to 300 words; handwritten or typed and must be submitted with an entry form.


- Individual entries should use the 2021 External link opens in new tab or windowindividual entry form and class sets should use the 2021 External link opens in new tab or windowgroup entry form. The following information should be included on each essay for class sets: student name, teacher name and school name.


- All entries may be mailed or emailed and must be received by Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.


- Mailed entry forms can be sent to: Indiana Center for the Book Indiana State Library External link opens in new tab or window140 N. Senate Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46204.


- Emailed entry forms can be sent External link opens in new tab or windowto this email address as an attachment.


Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere for more information about the 2021 Statehood Day essay contest, including lesson plans for teachers, and to view the 2020 winning essays.


Please contact External link opens in new tab or windowSuzanne Walker, Indiana Center for the Book director, with any questions.