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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Dunlap Announces
National Recognition for Maine's
Online Genealogical Resources

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Wednesday that the Maine State Archives and the Information Resources of Maine (InforME) have received national recognition for the online delivery of genealogical resources.  In the August, 2006 edition of Family Tree Magazine , the state's genealogy web site (www.maine.gov/portal/facts_history/genealogy.html) was ranked among the nation's very best.

“Maine State Government is a national leader in the effort to make online services available to the public.  Many people in our state have long known that the State Archives is a rich source of genealogical information, and that our online services are helping to expand access to data for researchers.  This recognition from Family Tree Magazine is a tribute to the efforts of numerous staff members at the Maine State Archives and within InforME,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

Family Tree Magazine is a national family history magazine.  It covers a wide range of areas of potential interest to family history researchers, including family reunions, memoirs, oral history, and scrapbooking.  According to its website, Family Tree Magazine strives to give readers all the resources needed to “discover, preserve and celebrate their family histories—and to provide engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that empowers readers to take the next steps in the quest for their pasts.”

The Maine State Archives is a bureau within the Department of Secretary of State.  It maintains approximately 95 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable.  The earliest records date from 1639.

Maine.gov is the official web site of the State of Maine (www.maine.gov) and a service of the Information Resource of Maine (InforME).  InforME is a collaborative effort between the State of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC.  Maine Information Network is the official eGovernment solutions partner for the State of Maine .  The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC.