Friday, June 14, 2019

Indiana State Archives Open on Saturday, July 27

The Indiana State Archives will be open on Saturday, July 27 from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

From S. Chandler Lighty, Executive Director:

The Indiana State Archives will be open on Saturday, July 27 from 10-4.
We’re opening that day for a small group, but we wanted to extend the opportunity to other researchers who might take advantage of a Saturday research day at the Archives. We’re using this opportunity, and probably a few other dates later in the fall, to gauge whether or not folks will take advantage of Saturday research hours. 
 If you want Saturday hours at the State Archives, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity!

The Archive is located at 6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.

You can find their website at

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Explore Your Native-American Ancestry, June 22-23

Genealogical research isn't all just documents; it should also be exploring the lifestyles of your ancestors-dress, language, art, music, food, games, and fun.  
Visit the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis to see culture brought to life. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Any Hoosier Ancestors Attend A School Like This?

Indiana used to have hundreds of small one- and two-room schoolhouses, very much like the Morris School in Tippecanoe County. If you have never seen one and/or you would like to help preserve one, check out this project in West Lafayette. Picture your great-grandparents here...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Muncie Is The Place To Be On June 15!

IGS will have a table at the Genealogy Fair in Muncie, so be sure to stop by when you are in the area. Lots of other good resource groups will also be there to help you with your questions and puzzling situations. Don't miss this FREE event!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

State Library Hosts Summer Lecture Series

The Indiana State Library Summer Lecture Series:

Topics of Historical and Genealogical interest.

            Join us at the Indiana State Library, as we host a series of lectures on our open Saturdays during the months of June, July, and August.  The lectures are free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Senate Avenue parking garage across from the library.  Light snacks will be provided. 

All talks will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Each lecture is worth 1 LEU.

Registration required.

June 8 – Dr. Michella Marino and Jill Weiss Simins from the Indiana Historical Bureau present “How Did We Get Here? Why History Matters and How to Start Researching It”.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 5.

July 13 – Professional genealogists John Barr and Amber Oldenburg dig deep into land records.  Broaden your understanding of land records, the clues they can provide, and how it all fits into your genealogical research.  John Barr presents “Map reading for Genealogists: When North isn't...” and Amber Oldenburg presents “Land Records: A Family Historian’s ‘Bread and Butter.’”  Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 10.

 [Note: Amber Oldenburg is the Central District Director of IGS.]

August 10 – Nicole Poletika from the Indiana Historical Bureau presents “Unigov: The Creation of Modern Indianapolis and Its Suburbs.”  Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 7.

            Registration information can be found here:

 Let me know if you need further information.

            Thanks,  Jamie Dunn, Supervisor, Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library