The Lake County recorder’s office contains vital information, primarily about deeds and mortgages dating back to the first land deal with the Potawatomi Indians in 1836. This wealth of information is intriguing to genealogy buffs and historians, but digging through 10-pound books is quickly going away. Lake County Recorder Michelle Fajman is determined to create a digitized backup file that anyone can access without trekking down to the Lake County Government Center.

The Post-Tribune brought this information to our attention in their article, “Partnership to safeguard Lake recorder’s books.” Fajman’s office has partnered with the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society to undertake the arduous job of indexing the records from 5,840 books. Machine-assisted indexing is a great feature in any document management system. It is very important to choose a product that makes content findable – easily and with thoroughness. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies and associated rule bases for machine-assisted indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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