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Upcoming Events: All events and workshops listed below occur at the Indiana State Library. All events and workshops are free and open to the public. 

Genealogy and Local History Fair

Indiana State Library, Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Crime and Punishment in Indiana.”  Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.

Visit the tables in the “midway” to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.

Speakers

Judy Russell is a former journalist and attorney and the author of the popular blog The Legal Genealogist.  She writes about genealogy and the law, covering how historic laws affected our ancestors as well as how modern laws affect genealogists.  She will be speaking about researching your “black sheep” ancestors and using court and prison records to find further information.

Kevin McQueen is the author of Murder and Mayhem Indiana, Strange Tales of Crime and Murder in Southern Indiana, and other books about Hoosier true crime stories.  He will be speaking about the strange stories and crimes he has researched while writing his books.

Third Saturday One-on-One History Consultations


Directions and Parking Information for Visitors One-on-One Family History Consultations Third Saturday of Every Month

Do you need help getting started? Have you hit a brick wall? Need information about what we have and how it can help you with your genealogy research? The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is offering 30 minute individual consultation sessions with one of our reference librarians on the third Saturday morning of every month.

Email spfundstein@library.in.gov to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the third Saturday of the month. Please include topics and questions you would like to have addressed. If you have completed any research please bring it with you.

Free orientation tour enable researchers to learn where the genealogical tools they need are located. Learn what resources the Indiana State Library holds for genealogists, and where to find them in the building.

Family History Tours

This is NOT a how-to-research session. Instead, this is your opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the facility's genealogical holdings.

Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists and family historians. Tours are available by request. Request a tour for as little are two people or a larger group. We can accommodate most request or appointments, to schedule your orientation tour please call 317-232-3689.

Indiana State Library Speaker's Bureau

Looking for fun, historical and educational programming for your next group gathering or event? The State Library provides local programs on dozens of Indiana history, genealogy, preservation and literary-related topics. Contact Monique Howell at 317-234-7270 or mohowell@library.in.gov to learn more about how we can enhance your next event.

Public Notice: The State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy State Library programs, services, and activities.

Updated SP 8-19-2015