Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp and her staff have been awarded the 2014 Best Practices Award from the National Association of County Recorders, Elections Officials and Clerks (NACRC), according to county officials.
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
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
o Death indexes, dating back to 1903
o Marriage indexes, dating back to 1864
o Collin County Facts: Did you know?
o Interactive Cemeteries locator
o Men and Women from Collin County in the Armed Forces during World War II
The three-year project, involving the scanning and cataloguing of thousands of documents, has resulted in a treasure trove of information for genealogists and historical researchers that is accessible from any computer 24/7.
Prior to Genealogy Corner, citizens were required to either visit or call the County Clerk’s office, both requiring an inordinate amount of customer and staff time to try to find desired historical information. The NACRC is a professional organization of elected and appointed county administrative officials who share information and ideas with others across the country. It was founded in 1949, with members from nearly every state.