CONTINUING TO GO DIGITAL: County property archives getting an overhaul

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Recorders Office is continuing to update its record keeping system for the digital world, giving the public easier, more efficient access to its records.Currently, the office’s more recent records are searchable and viewable on a program called Laredo, a product of Fidlar Technologies, a powerful land records conversion and search system.The company provides services which scan, convert, enhance and import land records into the system which is accessible to the public both online or in the Recorder’s Office.The office began using computerized record keeping in 2001, and joined forces with Fidlar to implement the Laredo system beginning in 2007.In September 2009, the office again teamed with Fidlar to begin digitizing 16mm microfilm documents from the office’s archives and uploading them into the system.The first batch covered 1990 - 2000, and took approximately six months to begin getting approval on preliminary images from the office and uploading into the system.“Now there is a time period where people have to look at the microfilm. This will make things much easier on the searcher,” said Whitley County Recorder April Whetstone.Prior to implementation, anyone wanting to access records prior to 2001 would have to know specific dates that documents were filed in order to access them.The initial time span covered 151,950 frames — or pages — which are now available for quick access and simple searching.For more information or with questions, contact the Recorder’s Office at 248-3106.