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November 6, 2011

Illinois, Indiana archives have top websites

Family Tree Magazine again has named the State Archives of Illinois and Indiana among the “Best State Websites.” This popular family history magazine will release its list of honorees in its December issue; it is currently available at

“Many of the 75 sites (at least one per state) have indexes, and in many cases you can even view images of original records.” Indiana can boast of two sites recognized as “best.” The Indiana Digital Library at the Indiana State Archives can be viewed at and the Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is at The online databases of the Illinois State Archives are at

The magazine also offers a special tip: “A great place to do state-based research is the USGenWeb Project, a network of free, volunteer-run state and county genealogy sites with records, indexes, photos, message boards and more.” Visit

Numbering system

Brian R. Smith has written an authoritative description of the genealogy numbering system named after William W. Dollarhide. Dollarhide’s plan is not entirely new; it is based on “a combination of the Ahnentafel system with the Henry system separated by a decimal point.” One of the principal advantages of this numbering system is to be able to list all people in a family (such as additional spouses, half-siblings, adopted and step-children, and other non-blood relatives) and then be able to sort the list. A disadvantage would be if you choose to publish your research (for example, in the National Genealogical Society’s quarterly and/or other recognized publications), you may not be able to use this numbering system.

“Dollarhide Numbering for Genealogists: An Authorized Guide for the Serious User” is a 35-page softcover, 8 ½-by-11-inch book, ISBN 978-1933194890, that can be ordered as Item No. FR0119 from Family Roots Publishing Co., P.O. Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011 at $15.95 plus $4.90 shipping. VISA and MasterCard orders can be placed toll-free at (801) 882-3704 or online at

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