Wednesday, October 30, 2019

African-American Genealogy Group Celebrates 20-Years!

Curt Witcher of ACPL and IGS will be the featured speaker at the IAAGG Anniversary Celebration in Indy on November 16th. See registration info below. See you there.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Join IGS At The International Festival

Every year the Nationalities Council of Indiana presents an International Festival at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in November. This year the Indiana Genealogical Society will have an outreach booth at the Festival. Since genealogy is an international and ethnic activity, we thought is would be a natural fit. If you've never been there, we encourage you to attend and see some of your ancestry in action.

[We need several volunteers to help staff our booth #505, which has to be attended from 9am to 9pm all three days. If you can give a few hours any day, email Ron Darrah at before Nov. 7th. You'll be glad you volunteered and attended!]

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Invitation to Cemetery Dedication, Whitley County, Nov 10

[Special From IGS Director Sue Caldwell]

Last year IGS gave a $1,000 grant to the Whitley County Genealogical Society for the Friends of Concord Cemetery for restoration work at the Concord Cemetery.  Yesterday I received an invitation to attend a dedication ceremony.   Before and after photos of the cemetery are amazing. 

The dedication will be held at Concord Cemetery, Johnson Rd. and 150 N (Carroll Rd) near Columbia City  in Whitley County on Sunday Nov 10 at 2 PM.  "The 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Re-enactors will be dedicating our eight Civil War veterans buried at Concord.  The ceremony will include a laying of the wreath gun salute, along with a horse drawn coach from Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco."

Jim and I will probably attend as we recently discovered that I have a 3rd gr. grandmother buried in a nearby cemetery and that he has a couple of members of his Baker family buried in the same county.

If you and other IGS members did not receive the invitation, will you please pass this information on to our group. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lots of October Genealogy In Hamilton County


Tues, Oct. 15 – Gen Forum Explore the Indiana State Library” 1:00 – 2:00 PM – 1st Floor Program Room -- Join Bethany Fiechter, Head of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Indiana State Library, for an introduction to the library’s collection. Learn about resources that will help you in your genealogy research and how to access materials both in person and online.

Tues, Oct. 29 – Database Learning Session 3 – “American Ancestors for Genealogy” – 2:00 – 3:30 PM – 2nd Floor Training Room Join us for a basic demonstration of one of the most widely used online genealogical resources in the country, featuring searchable online collections and information on over 135 million people. You’ll have some class time to gain hands-on experience with the database, so bring information about your ancestor and see what you can find. We’ll show you how to print or save your data. Class is limited to 10 people. Registration is required by calling the Reference Desk at (317) 844-3362. Clay Township residents will have priority; nonresidents will be placed on a waiting list and will be invited to attend if space permits.

Tues, Nov. 12 --  Database Learning Session 4 – “Searching the Internet for Genealogy”   2:00 – 3:00 PM -- 2nd Floor Training Room  -  The library is always a great place to start your research, but the internet can also be a good genealogical resource.  Come check out this basic overview of a few helpful databases that can be found right on the web, including WorldCat, Google Books, and HathiTrust.  Registration is required by calling the Reference Desk at (317) 844-3362.  Clay Township residents will have priority; nonresidents will be placed on a waiting list and will be invited to attend if space permits.

Tues, Nov. 19 – Gen Forum -- “Probate Records: “Dying to Help Out” -- 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Program Room  --  In this session, Ron Darrah from the Indiana Genealogical Society will introduce Indiana wills, estates, and probate procedures. We will see what records were created and how to use them.

Every Tues, & Thur.  -  Computer Lab - The Training Lab on the Library’s 2nd floor is open for genealogy research every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and every Thursday, 6 – 8:45 p.m.  Skilled volunteers are there to help guide you with your genealogy research and help you use the library’s special genealogy databases.