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In March, attend a Computer Lab: Navigating the Maze – Finding Indiana Records Online. Discover a wealth of free information available from Indiana’s libraries, state agencies and historical societies with Suzanne Hahn, director, Reference Services, IHS library. Sign up for one of two sessions from 10 a.m. to noon, March 18 or 19. (Librarians: Approved for two technology LEUs)

Wabash River near Vincennes

In April, businessman and genealogy researcher Bob Dora will present French-American and French-Canadian Genealogy in the 17th and 18th Centuries from 10 a.m. to noon on April 9, 2011. Journey with Dora through history, sources, methodology and issues in researching French ancestry in the Americas from the early 1600s to the mid 1700s.

The lecture will cover major historical events surrounding the arrival of the French in the Americas, including the LaSalle expedition, discovery of the Louisiana Territory, Indian wars and more. Dora will also discuss important research topics, such as the use of French military “dit” names and major French sources such as Cyprien Tanguay’s Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Canadiennes. (Approved for two LEUs)

Dora has worked extensively on French American and French Canadian genealogy. His recent feature in The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections, “Along the Wabash,” details his French ancestry in North America from 1621 through 1799. With coauthor Patricia Obrist, Dora published Remember: The Drury Family, volume 1 (2010), which follows the family from 1066 to the early 1700s. He is currently working on volume 2, the Drury odyssey in the United States.

Both the computer lab and French ancestry lecture have limited seating. Register online at www.indianahistory.org, or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.




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