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.
July 27, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.
December 7, 2014
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.