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Williamson County Clerk Adds Historical Records to the Cloud

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The office of the Williamson County clerk has successfully digitized 150 years of the county's historical records, which are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Clerk and Recorder Amanda Barnes says, since many of the preserved records have been deteriorating, so she and her team have started saving scanning and saving everything to the cloud. And some of the public documents were written several decades before the Civil War.

"Well our records go back into 1839 so we have some land records and marriages starting in 1839"

Barnes says, during one part of the project, she and her team scanned and uploaded 109-Thousand images to the cloud.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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