March/April 1996

In March and April 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea, originated by Jeff Murphy, was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. This pilot project became known as KYGenWeb.

June 1996

In June, as the Kentucky Project was coming to completion, it was decided to expand the project to include all states and USGenWeb was born. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of county pages for each state page. Also in June, just two weeks or so after the beginning of The USGenWeb project, the WorldGenWeb project was begun, and several other countries become involved in the project.

July/August 1996

In July and August, the work progressed with many volunteers coming forward to assist. The USGenWeb domain was established, and many new state mailing lists were generated. Through collaboration with RootsWeb, server space was found for the files produced as a result of the project. Also, a Standardized Query and Surname entry form was established. A number of state and county pages were put online there. Other servers and key personalities involved in the project include Gene Stark at Gendex and the folks at Gensource.

September 1996

As more volunteers came forward, some of the original cadre were able to pass the reins of some of their responsibilities on to new enthusiastic helpers, freeing time for them to more fully concentrate on their GenWeb states and counties. The leadership of the USGenWeb project also changed hands, but the original goal of the project remains unchanged. A USGenWeb Bulletin Board was established, and many new county pages came online, especially with the hard work of the state coordinators.

Into the Future

In the USGenWeb Project you will find a well organized effort to place genealogy materials on the Internet. This project is supported by hundreds of volunteers all across the county. The system is organized by states and counties, with each county having a coordinator responsible for maintaining a site of resources which are available for that county. You'll also find archives of genealogy records, which are organized by state and county.

The INGenWeb Project is an outgrowth of this effort. If the county in which you are interested does not have a page or is marked ADOPTABLE and you wish to participate, please contact our state coordinator, Lena Harper

Volunteers are needed in all phases of the project.  This includes creating and maintaining home pages, organizing archives submitted by volunteers, and transcribing public records for inclusion in our archives. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page for more info!

Won't you join us?

Past Indiana State Coordinators:

John Peck 2016-2017
Denise Wells 2012 - 2016
Katy Hestand 2011 2012
Debra Beheler 2004 2011
Gene Andert 2002 - 2004
Patrick Hays 2000 2002
Betty Sellers 1998 - 2000
Fred Finkbiner 1997 - 1998
Betty Sellers 1996 1997