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September 14, 2013

GENEALOGY: Plan to attend genealogy events in Indianapolis

TERRE HAUTE — The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, is sponsoring the “Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods and Skills Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The cost of attending the workshop is $20 for non-members of the Indiana Historical Society and $16 for members. These fees cover parking for the day and free admission into the Indiana Experience exhibit. (There is a parking garage nearby.)

The workshop will be comprised of three parts: Digging Through Documents Word by Word, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research, and Citing Your Sources, and will be presented by Debbie Mieszala, CG, a writer and speaker on genealogy topics and who specializes in forensic genealogy and 20th-century research.

Part one, Digging Through Documents Word by Word, will discuss the “proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document (that is) is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.” This session will be from 10 to 11 a.m.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., part two, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills will cover “the importance of ethics when dealing with living people,” and “the specialized skills, methods, and resources” that must be used by a genealogist.

After lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., part three, Citing Your Sources, will take place until 3 p.m. “Learn the elements of citations, how to prepare a style sheet, and how to use citations to demonstrate the depth of your research and knowledge.”

To register for this interesting day, call 317-232-1882 or register online at


A second event coming up soon in Indianapolis will be Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair, to be conducted at the Indiana State Library on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The library is located at 315 W. Ohio St. The fair is free to the public.

Three programs will be offered during the day to the public, all free of charge:

• The Melungeons: Sons and Daughters of the Legend. “This multi-media program will discuss the Melungeons, the mysterious mixed-ethnic people of southern Appalachia and provide an overview covering the history of this group including the latest genetic research and theories of origin.” Presented by Wayne Winkler from 9:30 to10:30 a.m.

• To Infamy and Beyond: Family History and World War Two.“Records generated by journalists, historians, and photographers during World War Two offer a major opportunity for genealogists to extend their family history. Explore this resource-rich field of study and uncover the Greatest Generation.” Presented by Ron Darrah from 11 a.m. to noon.

• Melungeons, Myth, and Media, “This presentation examines various historic articles about the Melungeons placing them in the context of their times. Gain an insight into racial attitudes at various points in American history and how these attitudes affected the way Melungeons were seen by others and how they saw themselves.” Presented by Wayne Winkler from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

In addition, there will be a vendor area in the “midway.” All of this adds up to a great way to spend the day in Indianapolis.

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