Celebrate Family History Month at the State Library

State Library hosting special Family History Month and Amercan Archives Month events in October!


INDIANAPOLIS, IN - This October, in celebration of Family History Month and American Archives Month, the Indiana State Library is hosting several family history-related events and activities. The State Library and Indiana State Archives will offer several FREE programs on a variety of family history topics, all dedicated to researching family history and exploring Indiana's cultural heritage.

"Genealogy reveals fascinating details about those who came before you, which can lead to exciting discoveries about yourself and family," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "Whether you're an experienced genealogist or a novice, the State Library has many resources that will enrich your family history research."

On Saturday, October 25, 2008, the State Library will host Family History Day. The all-day event will feature the following workshops and activities (all times Eastern):

8:15-8:50 a.m.           Sign-in

8:50-9:00 a.m.           Welcome

9:00-10:00 a.m.         Back To Basics: Beginning Your Family History
Research Guidelines for the beginning genealogist and reminders for the experienced researcher.

10:15-11:15 a.m.       Family History Research at the Indiana State Library
An introduction to family history-related materials located within the State Library's collections.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Lunch (On your own)

12:30-1:30 p.m.         Family History Resources at the Indiana State Archives
An overview of resources of interest to genealogists available at the State Archives.

1:45-2:45 p.m.           Indiana State Library and Archives Q&A Panel
Library and Archives staff will field questions regarding resource availability and research techniques.

2:45-3:45 p.m.           Family History Tour
Tour the many family history resources located at the Indiana State Library.

In addition to the five events on Family History Day, the State Library will offer five Family History Orientation Tours throughout October. These tours offer insight into the different family history resources located at the State Library. Tours are scheduled for the following dates (all times Eastern):

  • October 2, 2008  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
  • October 9, 2008  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • October 14, 2008  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.           
  • October 21, 2008  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.                                               
  • October 30, 2008  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all Family History Month activities. The deadline to register for Family History Day is October 22 and registration for individual events is allowed. Please call (317) 232-3689 or email [email protected] to register.

A downloadable flyer of Family History Month and American Archives Month. For more information on all upcoming Indiana State Library events, visit http://www.in.gov/library/2374.htm.

About the Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection

The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes over 40,000 printed items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines, and more) as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, and military pension information. The collection includes hundreds of CDs with family history information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.

There are also numerous online subscription resources that are only available within the State Library.  These include:  Ancestry Library, HeritageQuest, FirstSearch, and New England Ancestors.org.


Source: Indiana State Library

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