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Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair

Indiana State Library, Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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 “Haunted and Historic 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.


Joy Neighbors is a professional freelance writer with numerous articles published in national, regional, city and online magazines on a variety of topics including wine, food, travel, history, genealogy, cemetery culture and Boomer issues. She writes a blog entitled A Grave Interest. This blog is about cemetery culture, art, history, issues of death, and genealogy. As a tombstone tourist, she usually finds something in the cemetery that intrigues me and makes me want to dig deeper.

Alan E. Hunter has researched scripted and lead the Irvington Ghost Walks for the past 11 years. The tours are roughly 75% history and 25 % ghost stories and folklore. These non-profit tours much needed raise funds for the Eastside Irvington community. Al is a board member of the Indiana National Road Association and is active in historic landmarks. Al has co-authored two books on haunted Irvington and two books on the Historic Indiana National Road. A former teacher and baseball coach at Westfield High School, Al graduated from Indiana University.

Tim Poynter is an investigator and blog writer for S.P.I.R.I.T paranormal research team. Tim has investigating some local Indiana haunts and worked with fellow paranormal Marilene Issacs . Check out Tim’s blog at


9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. History Reference Room, 2nd Floor

Welcome from the Indiana State Library Director, Jake Speer

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. History Reference Room, 2nd Floor

Joy Neighbors, “A Grave Interest” (1LEU)
Cemeteries are a treasure-trove of various genealogy records and information. Learn what to search for and where to look. Discover what information is found in Sexton’s records and burial registers. Look for clues at gravestones, plots, and throughout the entire cemetery.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. History Reference Room, 2nd Floor

Joy Neighbors, “Reading Symbols” (1 LEU)
This presentation will focus on the various symbols and images found on gravestones. We will discuss the different meanings of symbols and learn what they can teach us about our ancestors’ lives and times. Numerous examples will be presented and explained.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. History Reference Room, 2nd Floor

Indiana State Library Ghost Investigation Findings
Ghost hunter Tim Poynter and local historian Al Hunter will be presenting the findings of their yearlong investigation of possible ghost sightings at the Indiana State Library. Steve Schmidt from the Indiana State Library will give a brief history of the library and surrounding property and introduce the ghost hunters. 

Parking Information

Parking will be available free of charge at a surface lot close to the state house. The address for the lot is 220 N. Capitol Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is off of New York Street. If you would like to park closer to the library, there are a few metered parking spots.

Miscellaneous Information

Plan to attend the fair early because there will be complementary donuts, bagels, muffins, tea and coffee. This is first come first serve provided by CJ’s Sweets Creation and Catering. CJ’s will also have lunch items for purchase. Door prizes will be raffled off at the end of the program.   

GEN CW 10-1-2014