Backfile Finale Event
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Phyllis K. Walters, McHenry County Recorder, and her staff commemorated “No More Books” on September 18th celebrating their accomplishment of being the 1st Recorder’s Office in Illinois to achieve ALL documents imaged and indexed on computer (1839-2012).
Recorder Walters first saw the computer technology to convert paper documents and microfilm into computer images at a conference in 1984. Years of planning went into the “Backfile Conversion” Project and the process to convert approximately 1,500 rolls of microfilm, containing about 3 million documents and 11 million image/frames, to digital form. After the image/frames were enhanced for clarity they were imported into the office’s computer network system, document numbers were assigned, and legal information was entered and re-keyed (verified) for optimum accuracy.
“We are proud to conclude our Backfile Conversion Project and accomplish this long-awaited goal. As a result of this project, all of our land records can be securely searched and printed both in-house and online within seconds,” Recorder Walters said. “This enhanced efficiency means “No More Books” to store or repair.”
The event included a “live” portrayal of Former President Ulysses S. Grant by Scott Whitney. Members of the McHenry County Civil War Roundtable portrayed volunteers of the 95th Regiment Illinois Infantry from McHenry County who served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
For more information, please contact:
Joseph J. Tirio, McHenry County Recorder
Ph. (815) 334-4109