Events & Public Workshops

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.

September 16, 2017 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

This FREE workshop focuses on the basics of genetic genealogy and how DNA testing provides new tools for the genealogist.  Topics will include: the types of tests available (autosomal (atDNA), Y-dna, and mtDNA tests), testing companies, who to test, understanding DNA Test results, ethnicity reports, contacting matches, and more.  CIDIG team members will be available throughout the sessions to answer your questions.

*This is the same program that was given on June 10, 2017.

Adding DNA to Your Genealogy Toolkit – Ann Raymont
Getting the Most from Your Ancestry DNA Matches –  Andrea Ackermann
Y DNA & mtDNA Testing with Family Tree DNA –  Denise Anderson-Decina

Registration required by September 13, 2017. If maximum capacity is reached before September 13, 2017, registration will be closed prior to the deadline. Register by clicking here.

Each session is worth 1 LEU!

Genealogy and Local History Fair 2017
October 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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 “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history.

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.  Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors.

Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Kathleen Brandt and Katherine R. Willson, will present.

LEUs available.  Register for LEUs via email at  (Registration required for LEUs.)

Bring along historic or documentary photographs from across the state to be copied, cataloged, and shared by the Indiana Album, Inc. Staff will carefully handle and scan your photographs during the fair. This community digitization project seeks images from all eras of towns, buildings, houses, businesses, farms, events, and interesting people. To learn more and to see some of the 10,000+ images loaned so far, visit 


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 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 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 LM 7-14-2017