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Family History and Genealogy Programs

Connect with your family tree at your pace. The Indiana Historical Society offers educational opportunities throughout the year, from basic genealogy workshops to lectures featuring regional and national family history experts. 

Upcoming events

 
August 1, 2015
 
The program will begin with a discussion of the basics of what wars happened in American history and what they can find out from the records.  It will continue with a first person interpretation by Kevin Stonerock, who will be presenting his program "Billy Yank" which concerns an actual soldier from Henry County, Indiana named William H. Fentress.
 
August 15, 2015
 
This program will begin with a story of a German American.  John Herbst will share his family story and how his family has been researched.  There will then be a discussion on the various aspects of German heritage in Indiana and how social views of German heritage changed during WWI.  The group will then take a tour of the Athenaeum with a docent who will teach the group about the history of the building. 
Presented in partnership with The Athenaeum Foundation and Palatines to America

September 10, 2015
 
Spend the evening with professional genealogist and media personality, Josh Taylor.  Explore the world of family history as seen through music, television, and movies over the past 60 years.
 
September 11, 2015
 
Morning session: 
Clustering and More: Successful Online Searching
This two-hour workshop will provide tips and tricks for making the most of your time researching online. 
 
Afternoon session:
Digging Deeper into New England
This two-hour workshop will discuss some of the key sources for tracing New England research, key repositories to visit for onsite research, and strategies for uncovering English origins or early New England colonists.
 

Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County

October 3, 2015
 
Registration is NOT open at this time.  Please check back later for additional details.
 
Speaker: Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.
 
 
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has an ITS Research Branch from which our speaker, Diane Afoumado, Ph.D., comes to us.  The USHMM ITS Research Branch searches the ITS collection for Survivors, their families, and families of victims.  
 
This presentation will show what the ITS collection contains, its potential and weaknesses, the complexity of searching it, what kind of documents can be found, and highlight case studies. 
 
Speaker: Dr. Diane F. Afoumado is Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
 
November 16, 2015
 
Schedule your appointment to meet with Diane F. Afoumado, Ph.D.  Chief, Research and Reference Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, for assistance on your own ITS research.  
  
Limited number of appointments available. 20 minute appointments (Sunday attendance is not required to make an appointment) 
$8, $5 members (IHS and JCC)
Register online at www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.
 
This program is in partnership with the Indianapolis JCC as part of The Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts (http://jccindy.org/community/festival-books-arts/).