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October 2011 

All Indiana State Library events and workshops are free and open to the public. 

All events and workshops occur at the Indiana State Library. You can enter the State Library at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Programs require no registration. For more information call 317-232-3675.  


Family History Orientation Tours

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. Pre-registration is required; please call 317-232-3689.  

Upcoming Tours
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

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Did you know?
The John S. Wright Memorial Library, the Indiana Academy of Science’s collection of materials, is located at the Indiana State Library. It contains an extensive collection of items from scientific organizations worldwide and is composed mostly of scientific journals. The collection can be accessed through the library’s catalog, Evergreen Indiana. Items are free to view by anyone visiting the library, and most can be borrowed by patrons of the State Library, as well as through Evergreen borrowing and traditional interlibrary loan.

Resources from the Indiana State Library Federal Depository Library Program
Genealogy Collection
Indiana Collection
INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library
Indiana Memory
Manuscripts & Rare Books Collection
Reference & Government Services Collection
State Data Center
More Online Databases

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

             genealogy fair 2011

Indiana State Library

Saturday October 22, 2011

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Indiana State Library will host an Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday October 22, 2011, in downtown Indianapolis.  Enter the State Library building at 315 West Ohio Street.  Admission is free and the fair is open to the general public. Visit the tables in the “midway” to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana libraries and shop the commercial vendors.  

Parking will be available for $5.00 in the Senate Avenue garage across from the Library.  Enter and exit from New York Street.

The Indiana Historical Bureau book shop (first floor of the Indiana State Library) will offer fair attendees a 20% discount and libraries and societies a 25% discount on purchases from the Indiana Historical Bureau book shop.

What’s New with Family Search
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  History Reference Room
Presented by Deborah Engelking
    Learn what a Family History Center has to offer its patrons
    Discover what is constantly being added to Family Search
    Delve into the “extras” that are on Family Search
    Discuss the positives of the indexing program of Family Search

A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  History Reference Room
Presented by Lou Szucs

Almost everyone who has tried their hand at family research has run into a brick wall on one family line or another. This visually-rich presentation is designed to find new ways to overcome the challenges and solve the problems.

Hidden Sources
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  History Reference Room
Presented by Lou Szucs
From Admiralty court records and almshouse and apprenticeship
documents to pension applications, World War records and yearbooks, this is an alphabet soup of over 50 underused sources that can reveal surprising details about your family.

Deborah Engelking is currently serving as an Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Indiana Stake Family History Center located at 900 East Stop Eleven Road.  Among her various duties, she trains the staff and also serves a shift there every Tuesday.  Debbie loves helping the patrons find some of their elusive ancestors and especially loves helping them try to crack through some “brick walls”, if possible.

She has served in the past as the Director of the Virginia Beach Virginia Stake Family History Center and has spoken at the Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bartholomew County, Indiana, and Monroe County, Indiana Genealogical Societies.   Debbie has also lectured for the past five years at the Central Indiana Family History Conferences hosted by the local LDS Family History Centers.

She is also a volunteer for Family Search Indexing.  To date, March 2011, she has indexed almost 34,000 names and arbitrated over 41,000.

Loretto Dennis (“Lou”) Szucs
, FUGA, holds a degree in history, and has been involved in genealogical research, teaching, lecturing, and publishing for more than thirty years. Previously employed by the National Archives, she is currently executive editor and vice president of community relations for Ancestry.com, Inc.. She has served on many archives and genealogical boards, and was founding secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Currently, she serves as a director on the Board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

She has edited newsletters and quarterly journals for several genealogical societies, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Forum. She authored The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (with Sandra Luebking), as well as They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins; Chicago and Cook County Sources: A Genealogical and Historical Guide; Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America’s Gateway; The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (also with Sandra Luebking), and Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records (with Matthew Wright). Lou was also the executive editor of Ancestry magazine.

Since 1980, Lou has lectured at numerous genealogy workshops and national conferences. She has presented at the American Library Association conference and has been interviewed for the Ancestors series, ABC News, CNN news, and most recently on ABC television show, The View. In 1995, she was awarded the designation of fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has received numerous other awards. Fun note: Lou Szucs used to pay her daughters to find names in microfilm. 

October Family History Month programs at the Indiana State Library