Beginning Genealogy

Learn about genealogy with a series of guided classes.

All classes take place from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Indiana Room.

Registration is required. Visit the Indiana History Room or call 812-949-3527 to register.

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Getting Started – Monday, August 8th

Learn what forms are used for genealogy and how to fill them out; which places have genealogical information; how to cite a source; how to organize your research; how to use the library’s website for city directories, family Bibles, and other useful genealogy tools; and how to look up obituaries, marriage announcements, etc. in the local newspaper. Discover the genealogy resources that are available.

 

Vital Records – Monday, August 15th

Learn how to use indexes and microfilm to find birth, marriage, and death records; how to use cemetery records; how to use findagrave.com; and how to use Ancestry.com to find vital records and to use the Social Security Death Index.

 

Census Records – Monday, August 22nd

Learn what a census is and what information is on it; how to use the census tracking form with a census record; what the differences are between each of the census records from 1790 to 1940; and how to use Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest to find your person in a census.

 

Beyond Vitals & Census – Monday, August 29th

Learn the difference between wills and probate records and how they can help your research; how to find and use land records; what information can be found in church records and how to access those records; what indentures are and how to use them.