News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 10, 2012

GENEALOGY: Roots Family History conference coming up

Tamie Dehler
The Tribune-Star

---- — Midwestern Roots Family History and Genealogy Conference 2012 is just around the corner, scheduled for July 20-21 in Indianapolis. This year’s theme is a take-off of NBC’s recently cancelled genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and is titled “Where Do You Think You Find It?”

One of the focal points this year will be on “the technologies that are changing the ways genealogists research their family history.” Attendees will have the opportunity to “discover how television, technology, popular culture, and demographics could dramatically shift family history and genealogy in the coming decades.”

Pre-conference activities will begin on July 19 with a free workshop for librarians and volunteers who staff genealogical libraries. On the actual conference days, participants will be able to choose from more than 30 individual sessions offered by nationally known speakers and presenters.

Besides the many sessions, the conference also offers research opportunities at the Indiana State Archives and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, historic bus tours including a Crown Hill Cemetery Heritage Tour, a combination driving-walking tour of downtown Indianapolis landmarks, writing workshops, a map and mapping workshop, computer labs, and a free visit to the Indiana Experience at the Indiana History Center.

The cost of pre-registration, by June 27, is $125 for members of the Indiana Historical Society, $150 for nonmembers, and $90 for students. One-day registration is $90, for either Friday or Saturday. Lunch is included in the registration fees, except for the Friday evening banquet and presentation, which is $40, and open to both conference participants and individuals who do not register for the rest of the conference. Late registration (after June 27) is $180 for both Friday and Saturday attendance and $105 for either day separately.

The hotels hosting this year’s conference are the Indianapolis Marriott East (at $99 per night) and the LaQuinta Inn (at $72 per night), both located on East 21st Street. To receive the special hotel conference rates, you must register at one of these hotels by June 18.

A conference syllabus will be available to all participants. Each attendee will be given a syllabus on CD at the time of registration. Beginning on June 18, the syllabus will also be available online. Finally, a printed syllabus is available for $10 for those who desire it. It can be ordered on the registration form. For more information or to register visit

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will present “Learning the 1940 Census” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Vigo County Public Library. This census was released to the public earlier this year, after 72 years of being kept private.

This workshop will take the participants through all of the features on the 1940 census and discuss how they can get the most out of their research. Allison DePrey, Collections Assistant from the William H. Smith Memorial Library at the Indiana Historical Society, will present the material.

Don’t forget to come and take advantage of this learning experience. The workshop is free and open to the public. Register at Click on the workshop title under “Upcoming Events.”