Muskingum County Records Receives Achievement Award from OHRAB

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio – The Muskingum County Records received an award earlier today from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board or OHRAB.

The County records received the award for their work during a project partnered with Family Search in 2019 through 2020.

The award is given out annually to an Ohio organization that has done a phenomenal recording of public records.

Tina Ratcliff, the Chair of OHRAB says that there are many applications but this Muskingum County did the best.

“Each organization nominates itself and gives us a description of what they have done and then we as a board look at those submissions and decide which one is the most worthy. Everybody is most worthy every year but there’s always that one that is obvious who should be the winner and this year was Muskingum County.”

The process included straightening out old paper documents and photographing them to make the digital.

Lucretia Frame, the Muskingum County Records Coordinator says it feels good that their department is fulfilling what it should.

“They can contact us or come in to the department and easily access those records and so to be able to be recognized for that, it really makes us feel good and really makes us feel like our department is living up to what it needs to.”

The late Todd Bickle of the Muskingum County Common Pleas Clerk was very supportive of the county records system.

Public Records divisions tend to go unnoticed, so this award is meant to shine light on the hard work that is done.

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