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

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lake County Must-Visit: Merrillville History Museum

When you're in northwest Indiana, we recommend exploring the Museum in Merrillville. Lots of great stuff, especially if your folks settled in that area--or if they didn't!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to Commemorate Your Indiana Civil War Ancestor

Did you know that the Indiana Genealogical Society offers a way for your to commemorate your Indiana ancestors who fought in the Civil War?

The Society of Civil War Families of Indiana is open to any IGS member who descends from someone who fought in an Indiana unit or who lived in Indiana when he enlisted in a unit from another state.

Members of SCWFI are recognized at the IGS annual conference, receive a certificate, and have their application and documentation placed on file at the Allen County Public Library. That makes applying to SCWFI a great way to not only commemorate your ancestor, but also preserve your research for future generations!

What Do You Need to Prove

You need to document the connection of each generation from you back to the Civil War ancestor. You also need to prove his (or her) service.

You can find the Rules of Evidence, which outline what is and isn't acceptable evidence, on the IGS website.

Deadline for Applying

Applications are due December 31 for induction at the next year's IGS conference. Applicants are advised to apply early to allow time to obtain additional documentation, if needed.

Apply Today

You can get more details about SCWFI and the application form at

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Miami County Ancestors?

If you have family history from the Peru area, you should drive over to the Miami County Museum. Maybe some of your folks are featured in their huge collection.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Indiana Huguenot Society Met In Indianapolis Last Week

If you have any French Protestant ancestry, you might want to contact this Indiana society.