Thursday, February 15, 2018

846. Historical Society Adds Genealogy Databases

The Indiana Historical Society has revamped their website (about time!), and they have added a nice bunch of genealogy databases for researchers. Go to and see if your folks might be included. Presumably they will continue to add more materials from their extensive collection.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

844. State Archives Preservation Workshop March 20

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Indiana Archives

The Preservation, Cleaning and Mending Workshop is a hands-on experience in which participants will learn to dry-clean and mend dirty, torn documents without using tape.  

Preservation methods will be included throughout the workshop and participants will learn the reasons for using specific supplies and techniques. Each participant will receive a tool-kit to take with them as well as a list of resources from which to purchase archival supplies. There will be an optional tour of the Archives facilities afterwards. 

The 2 1/2 hour workshop is limited to 12 seats so spots will fill up quickly! There is no cost to attend the workshop and registration is first come, first serve.

To reserve a spot in this workshop, please contact Elizabeth Hague, IARA Conservation Technician at:
317-591-5222 or

Friday, February 2, 2018

843. Black Culture Center Up And Running

The Indianapolis Public Library is the host for this Center. Visit the site listed at the bottom.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

841. State Archives Hiring A New Archivist

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

840. Carmel Library Genealogy, Jan-Mar 2018

Tues., Jan. 16 – Gen Forum – “Scanning Photos and Documents at the Library”
1:00-2:00 - Computer Training Room – by Carly Schull and Peter Konshak
Did you know that there is a high-definition scanner at the library for scanning your family photos and documents, either to paper or to a flash drive?  Librarian, Carly Schull, will give a hand-on demonstration of the scanning station.  Then Peter Konshak, manager of the library’s Digital Media Lab, will tell about the lab and give a presentation on how you can use the technology at the Media Lab to edit and enhance old photos and documents.
Tues., Feb. 20 – Gen Forum - How to Search
1:00-2:00 - Computer Training Room - by Sara O’Sha
The ability to search for your ancestors in newspapers is new and very hot!  Did you know that just this year the Carmel Library added to their databases and that you can search this website from your home computer?  Reference librarian, Sara O’Sha, will tell about this wonderful new database and show us how to search it. 
Wed. Feb. 28, March 1, 7, 14, 21 & 28 – “Finding Family”  
10:00 – 12:00 - the Computer Training Room – Taught by Sue Dillon
This five-week class includes: how to search Ancestry, what other kinds of records you should look for and where to find them, how to organize your information, etc.  Everything builds on the first class so it is important to be able to attend the first session.  A comfort level with computers is recommended.  The course is free but limited to 18.  Attendees need to register by calling the reference desk at the library (317-844-3362).
Tues., March 20 – Gen Forum – Create Your Own Genetic Networks and DNA Circles”  - 1:00-2:00 - Computer Training Room  - by Andrea Ackerman
If you missed Andrea’s presentation on Nov. 18 (see above), or simply want to hear it again, she will tell how the descendants of an ancestral couple who have tested with AncestryDNA can create DNA Circles. The descendants all need to have a public tree for the DNA Circle to form. The problem is that many people do not have public trees on Ancestry. Learn how to create your own DNA Circles and Genetic Networks for your matches. Solve parentage issues and brick walls with a better understanding how your matches are related.

[Copy courtesy of Sue Dillon]