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April 2010  

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.  

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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 Family History Orientation Tours

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Did you know? 

The State Library is now doing programs every Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30. There will be additional programs during the week at various times.

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Indiana Collection
INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library
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Reference & Government Services Collection

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Hours & Directions
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Upcoming Events & Workshops

The 2010 Census
Tuesday, March 30, noon-1:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Census Day is April 1st! This program will help answer questions about the 2010 census like why the U.S. holds a census, how safe the census is, and what questions will appear on the census this year.

Hoosier Mama, Hoosier Papa
Thursday, April 1, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Get an introduction to the materials in the Indiana State Library for family history research. This is a good follow-up to the Genealogy for Beginners program.

But they weren’t from Indiana: Researching New England Genealogy
Tuesday, April 6, 11:00 am–noon, Indiana Author’s Room
This program is first in a series on the genealogy materials for states other then Indiana that are at the Indiana State Library.  The states covered are:   Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.   

Play Ball!  Indiana and Negro League Baseball 
Thursday, April 8, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Come learn about the two Negro league baseball teams in Indianapolis and how they impacted life in Indiana, as well as the history of the Negro Baseball League and their rise to fame.   

Alexander Ralston: Architect of Indianapolis
Wednesday, April 14, 10:00-11:00 am, Indiana Author’s Room
Born in Scotland and a protégé of Pierre L’Enfant, Alexander Ralston came to Indiana in 1815. Come learn more about this fascinating individual who literally left his mark on our city. 

Family Papers
Thursday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
The Manuscripts and Rare Books Division holds collections of many families’ papers.  Varying in their content, these collections often have family photographs, school reports, marriage certificates, and other materials valuable to both historians and genealogists.   

Jim Jones and Jonestown
Tuesday, April 20, noon-1:00 pm, History Reference Room
Jim Jones, best known for the deaths of 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana, was a Hoosier.  Visit the State Library to learn about Jim Jones' Indiana connection.  

Wills and Probates: a Bonanza of Information for Genealogists
Thursday, April 22, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
This program will discuss wills and probates, the types of information they contain, and the benefits for genealogists.  

Federal Information on the Web
Wednesday, April 28, noon-1:00 pm, Room 428
This is an introduction to federal government resources on the web. Learn where to find current and historical information and review some agency websites. This will be helpful to state employees who need to reference federal legislation.  

Genealogy Microform Collection
Thursday, April 29, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Learn about the many microfilms and microfiche available in the Genealogy Collection and how they can enhance your research. 

  2010 Census

Hopefully everyone has gotten, filled out and mailed back their 2010 Census form. Remember Census Day is April 1st. The Census happens only once every 10 years, and it's important for everyone to be counted.

Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more. That's more than $4 trillion over a 10-year period. Following Census 2000, $388 million in federal grants shifted to states with the biggest estimated population increases based on the census. 

What are some of the other uses of Census data?

  • Census data is used to apportion congressional seats
  • Census data is used to draw districts for the Indiana General Assembly
  • Census data drives funding and delivery for other federal programs, such as Medicaid, social services, schools, transportation funding, programs for seniors, and emergency supplies.

Help ensure Indiana gets its fair share of federal and state funding by filling out your Census form and encouraging family, friends and neighbors to do the same. Learn more about Indiana’s 2010 Census effort.