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Events & Public Workshops

Virtual DNA Workshop
Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11 am to 3 pm

This free virtual workshop focuses on understanding Genetic Genealogy and exploring your DNA results from Ancestry and 23andMe testing companies.  Speakers will cover topics on Genetic Genealogy, understanding DNA results, and utilizing testing company features to get the most out of your DNA results.  Registration is required and you can register here.  The workshop will take place via Zoom; a link to access the event will be sent to your email prior to the event.

Genealogy and Local History Fair
Indiana State Library, Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.  This year’s theme is “The Women in Your Family Tree” in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.  Our speakers, Gena Philibert-Ortega and Katherine Willson, will cover research techniques for female ancestors, as well as women’s suffrage and other 20th-century social movements.

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

One-on-One Family History Consultations Second 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 second Saturday morning of every month.

Email GenMail@library.in.gov to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the second 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.

Second Saturday One-on-One DNA Testing Consultations with the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) at the Indiana State Library

DNA testing has become an important resource for genealogists looking to solve genealogy puzzles by comparing DNA matches.  Genealogists are incorporating DNA Testing along with the traditional genealogical research methods to discover new family members.

Have you considered taking a Genetic DNA test but not sure which test is the best for you?  Do you have questions about your test results?  The Central Indiana DNA Group (CIDIG) staff will be available to assist you with your DNA questions in one-on-one 15-minute consultation sessions on the second Saturday of every month.

To schedule an appointment for a free DNA consultation, please send your request to CIDIG Specialist, Denise Anderson-Decina, at the following e-mail:  CIDNAgroup@gmail.com. All appointment requests must be submitted five (5 ) business days before the second Saturday of the month. Please include in your email the DNA questions and related information that you would like to have addressed. For more information about Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, go to Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CIDNAGroup/

DISCLAIMER: The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) is not affiliated with the Indiana State Library (ISL) in any way. ISL does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of information, opinions, advice, statements, or services provided by CIDIG representatives.

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 mohowell@library.in.gov 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 JD 7-8-2020