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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


April 26, 2014
Preservation Week Road Show - Appraisals and Preservation advice FREE 
Consult with Appraisers and Conservators about family photographs, books and documents
10 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 4:30 
Make a ticketed timed reservation or call (317) 232-1882.

April 26, 2014
Genealogy Research Trips: The Good, Bad and the Ugly!
Hear tips on how to plan, things to think about and how to be ready for you next research trip.

May 17, 2014

Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the “Evidence”
This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested.


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