Friday, July 25, 2014

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society To Discuss Census Records

The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, August 7 in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library (180 W. Spring St., New Albany IN). Joe Hardesty, Kentucky history and genealogy librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library, will present a session, "US Federal Census Records: What They Can Tell About Our Nation and Our Ancestors." Mr. Hardesty will trace the development of the census record and explain how its changes reflect the historical, political, economic and social direction of the country. He will also discuss the supplemental schedules for agriculture, manufacturing, mortality, slave, and veterans, which are sometimes overlooked by researchers. Program time is 7 PM - for more information, please visit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hamilton County Library To Hold Genealogy Roundtable

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a genealogy roundtable on Tuesday, August 12 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library's genealogy classroom. This is an informal discussion group and no registration is required - bring your genealogy questions and the group will answer them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grant County Library To Discuss Cemetery Preservation

The Marion Public Library will host a session about cemetery preservation on Tuesday, August 5 at 6 pm in the library's Meeting Room B. John Bry, DeKalb County Historian (who holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University) will talk about new approaches to cemetery preservation, including how to get community leaders involved.

This session is free and open to the public. It is part of a Cemetery Education & Restoration Series, which was made possible by a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IGS Adds Central Normal College Database To Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about Central Normal College to the College Records section of our Members Only area:

--Register of Students of Central Normal College, Danville (1937-1938)

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,307 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Allen County Public Library To Discuss Periodical Source Index (PERSI)

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will hold a free session on using the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) on Wednesday, August 13 from 3 to 4 pm in the library's Meeting Room A. Cynthia Theusch will demonstrate how to use PERSI at its new online home,, and how you can find items mentioned in genealogical and historical newsletters, quarterlies, journals and magazines.

This session is part of their "Digital Discoveries" series. To register, please e-mail or phone (260) 421-1225.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hamilton County Library To Demonstrate Fold3 & American Ancestors Databases

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a free workshop on using the databases on Fold3 [military records] and American Ancestors [New England Historic Genealogical Society] on Wednesday, July 23 from 9:30 am to noon in the library's computer training lab. This is a hands-on workshop - after the demonstrations, participants will be able to research their own ancestors. LEU credits are available for Indiana librarians.

This workshop is free but registration is required - register through the library's calendar of events on their website ( or phone (317) 776-6939.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lake County Library To Host Discussion of Find A Grave

The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society will hold a free class on using Find A Grave on Saturday, July 19 at 10 am at the Crown Point Public Library (122 N. Main St., Crown Point IN). Linda Novotny and Marlene Polster will show you how to navigate the Find A Grave website, a free resource that was created to help find and record information about the final resting places of loved ones around the world. Sometimes contributors will include photos of the tombstone and of the person, as well as additional information about their family.

Novotny and Polster are both clerks in the Genealogy Department of the Valparaiso Public Library. Polster is also the Lake County Genealogist. This class is free and open to the public.