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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


July 27, 2014

For Children

This hands-on workshop is for children to learn the basic concepts of genealogy.


Midwestern Roots 2014: Family History and Genealogy Conference
Aug. 1 and 2, 2014; pre-conference events July 31, 2014

Midwestern Roots 2014 features more than 30 sessions presented by nationally known speakers including Warren Bittner, Lisa Louise Cooke, Joan Hostetler, Amy Johnson Crow, Thomas MacEntee, James H. Madison, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Daniel S. Poffenberger, Curt B. Witcher and others.

Most of the sessions will focus on using ever-changing and emerging technologies and sources online. Other sessions will cover photo preservation, DNA, methodology and using traditional sources

Pre-conference activities include a workshop for people who work or volunteer in genealogy collections, hands-on computer labs, writing sessions and photo identification. The day will conclude with The Great Google Earth Game Show with Lisa Louise Cooke.

Conference Web page


Exhibit Research Meets Genealogy - Presented by Angela Giacomelli 

September 27, 2014

Learn how genealogical research is incorporated into research for the You Are There (YAT) exhibition series at the Indiana Historical Society.  Participants in this program will tour the YAT spaces with the presenter to experience the final product first-hand. This presentation is great for beginner genealogists who want learn about using of primary sources to their full potential to add context to genealogical research and for any genealogist interested in learning how research is used to create exhibits.


2014 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County

October 11, 2014

Juliana Szucs Smith and Loretto Dennis Szucs (“Lou”) of Ancestry.com will present four sessions: 

Finding Naturalization Records and other Clues to Immigrant Origins 

Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor’s Arrival Records on Ancestry.com 

Common Surnames: Finding Your Smiths 

Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com


How Hoosier Got Hitched - Presented by Harold Henderson

November 22, 2014

Not all marriage records are created equal. This program shows how Indiana marriage records have changed over the years, and how between 1880 and 1930 in some counties more than one record was created for each marriage -- some with different information than the others. 


Growing Little Leaves: Teaching Children Genealogy Basics - Presented by Emily Kowalski Schroeder 

December 7, 2014

For Adults

Introducing children to genealogy is something many parents and grandparents desire to do but few know how to implement.  Growing Little Leaves is a new IHS series created to meet this need.  This program will educate adults on how to teach children about genealogy concepts.