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Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair

Indiana State Library

315 W. Ohio St.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

The Indiana State Library will host the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. No registration is required.   

This year’s theme is “Digging Up the Dead,” how to examine, decipher, and interpret death records, death research, and other interesting facets of mortality in history.   

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

Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Lisa Alzo and Amie Bowser Tennant, will present.   


Lisa will speak on “Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy” – This talk, which includes a complex case study, demonstrates how to use Census records, funeral records, obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, historical newspapers, town histories, court and jail records, and many other underused records and sources to find the heroes and villains in your family tree.   

She’ll also present “Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy” – Coroners got involved in all types of unexplained deaths from drug overdoses to drownings, mishaps to murders, making their records an excellent resource to research for details about an ancestor's untimely death. Learn where to find coroners records and how to mine them for genealogy research clues.   


Amie will speak on “Trolling Virtual Cemeteries and Using Cemetery Records” – And you thought it was scary to go trolling through the cemetery on a dark and foggy night! The real scare is when you don’t know about all the online sites dedicated to viewing a cemetery without ever leaving home. Troll along with us as we talk about the pros and cons of FindAGrave, BillionGraves, and DeceasedOnline. We will also discuss often overlooked cemetery records and where to find them. 

Amie will also be holding one 30 minute open forum Q&A session


In addition, Sarah Halter, Executive Director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, will give a brown bag lunch lecture titled “What Killed Your Ancestors?” – 19th century medicine, the accuracy of information, names for certain diseases, euphemisms, etc. and what they mean.  



Stephanie Asberry 

Supervisor, Genealogy Division 

Indiana State Library 

315 W. Ohio St. 

Indianapolis, IN 46202 


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