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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

June 13, 2015
At Crown Hill Cemetery
Come to learn basic cemetery etiquette, and participate in a simple, child-friendly 'scavenger hunt' to search out unique gravestone carvings and symbolism.  We will also participate in a brief tour of the cemetery.
June 20, 2015
Genealogist and researcher, Tonya M. Hull will show several applications that will assist or enhance your research abilities.
July 11, 2015
As with every endeavor, you have to start at the beginning, or sometimes you need a refresher on the basics.  This workshop will assist with both as Allison DePrey Singleton takes you through the basics of genealogy. 
July 16, 2015
In partnership with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS), the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to offer this program that incorporates an overview of family history with time to research the IJHS and other archives at the IHS.
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