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Published December 18, 2012, 09:40 PM

The Otter Tail County museum is looking for virtual volunteers

Otter Tail County (WDAY TV) -- The Otter Tail County Museum is looking for some volunteers, but not in the way you might expect.

Otter Tail County (WDAY TV) -- The Otter Tail County Museum is looking for some volunteers, but not in the way you might expect.

The volunteers the Otter Tail County museum is looking for is not to guide you through the exhibit but to guide you through cyberspace.

Marcella Wildung has been entering data for the museum to get more of their archive on line to help those doing family research find out what records the museum has. She enjoys being able to work from home.

Wildung: "You don't have to get there at a certain time, or dress up or anything like that and you can do it for however much time you happen to have.

Wildung had been entering obituary information from PDF files the museum sends her, She finds reading the obits fascinating.

Wildung: "A little snapshot of peoples lives and most of them I don't know, so it's always interesting to see what there life has been."

By putting the work on line the museum does not need to store actual copies of the information and with people working from home more can be done than with the limited number of computers at the museum. The museum is also indexing yearbooks for schools in Otter Tail County.

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