Monday, September 01, 2014

500 MILLION AND COUNTING…

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced there have been more than 500 million visits to the Missouri Digital Heritage website since its inception in 2007. Missouri Digital Heritage is an online resource of digitized state and local records managed by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office. The site can be accessed here.

"The success of Missouri Digital Heritage is a reflection of Missourians’ strong commitment to the preservation of Missouri history and genealogy resources," Kander said. "I’m proud of the work staff and volunteers have done over countless hours to provide greater access to our state’s rich history."

Popular collections and topics hosted on Missouri Digital Heritage include military service records from the War of 1812 through World War II, court records and photograph collections from around the state, as well as hundreds of other collections.

Missouri Digital Heritage is a collaborative effort among the Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Library and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Thanks to the efforts of this partnership, Missourians now have online access to over 9 million records documenting Missouri’s history as institutions across the state have been able to digitize their records.

Missourians can support Missouri Digital Heritage by becoming a volunteer. There are numerous projects for volunteers to join, such as the marriage indexing program, which makes the state’s marriage records available to researchers around the world. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Missouri State Archives volunteer coordinator here or at (573) 751-3280.

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