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IHS Workshops Get Genealogists Started, Set Generational Timelines

June 10, 2013

 

Indianapolis—Summer is a great time to work on gathering and organizing family history, and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), will offer a two workshops this summer that can help with those efforts—Timelines on June 22 and Start With What You Know on July 27. Both programs will take place throughout the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Timelines, offered June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help attendees enhance the personal chronology of their ancestors with relative historical events, which creates a timeline that shows where the generations meet. This pragmatic perspective of looking at the facts in a different way can set the stage for individuals to write their own life stories and provide a guide for further family history research.  Explore online sources of historical data to verify and supplement the life history of your ancestors. 

The presenter, Betty L. Warren, is past president of the Indiana Genealogical Society and earned professional credentials as a genealogist from Brigham Young University. She is a recipient of the Willard C. Heiss Family History Award, which is presented annually by IHS.

Start With What You Know, offered July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, is the best advice a new genealogist can receive. Attendees will be instructed on how to interview relatives, as well as what questions to ask, and then learn about the beginning steps to research. They will also find out how to confirm the information collected using a number of record groups and resources.

Presenters are Allison DePrey and Kendra Clauser. DePrey is the current Assistant Coordinator for Education and Community Engagement at IHS, having previously served as a collections assistant for reference services at IHS's William Henry Smith Memorial Library. Clauser is the Oral History Project Archivist for IHS, and her current Indiana Community Builders project requires frequent research using genealogical applications.

Cost of each workshop session is $10 for the general public and $8 for IHS members, which includes parking and admission to Indiana Experience the day of the program. Each class is eligible for two general LEUs.

For more information or to register, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

 

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For more information, images or to schedule an interview, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at

(317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org