Wow, What A Difference A Year Makes!

The Plainfield Public Library completed our 18 month digitization grant from the Illinois State Library. Volunteers indexed a total number of 207,177 entries from 2,138 pages of text from three property transaction indexes housed at the Will County Recorder of Deeds office. Volunteers also cleaned, scanned and transcribed other collections including the Miles V. Hartong Glass-Plate Negative Collection at the Plainfield Historical Society,

Shorewood Sentinel Newspapers at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library and two historical plat books at the Plainfield Public Library and the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. The following volunteers deserve praise for their efforts in indexing the Grantor/Grantee Ledgers:

Peg Farabaugh, Pat Kwasigroch, Erin Henry, Susi Brown, Nancy Campisi, Barbara Ebeling, Cheryl Murray, Cheryl Basso, Sharon Kinley , Nicki Alander, Sue Hasenyager, Paula Newbury, Colette Shelby, Kathy Boreham, Marisa Barys, Dawn Walden, Georgia Katsianis, Marge Rice, Steve Gutierrez, Karen Coker, Yabo Olowo, Donna Gibson, Ryann Ethridge, Sharon Methodist Church volunteers, Plainfield South High School National Honors Society students, Nicole Ayres, Jude Weber, Jeff Weber, Kristen Vollmer, Marianne Murphy

Thank you to the following people who worked on transcribing the Shorewood Sentinel newspapers. They transcribed 295 pages worth of newspapers spanning 1961-1963:
Nancy Bennett, Marisa Barys, Cindy Caswell, Tracy Caswell, Sharon Kinley

Thank you to Ryann Ethridge who also helped me index the 1873 and 1909 Will County plat books totaling 269 pages.

Thank you to Joel Craig for scanning (repeatedly) the Hartong Collection to find the best images possible for the 280 original slides; then keying in all of the notes for most of those images into the Illinois Digital Archive website; also for writing and recording the audio descriptions required by the state for that site. Thank you for helping me scan the 1873 and 1909 plat books; stitching all 1200+ images from the L-Z ledger together; separating all of the Shorewood Sentinel PDFs into separate JPG files (295 pages); converting all of the master images from TIFF files to JPG files; then burning them all to CDs for me as well.

Thank you to Marc Sims and Ron Chesko for their technological support and guidance.

If I missed anyone, or any task, I’m very sorry for my oversight.

Thank you, again, to everyone who participated. This would have never been completed without each and every one of you.

Tina Beaird
Reference and Readers Services Librarian,
Plainfield Public Library