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Historical Society presenting history, geneology conference

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Historical Society will present Midwestern Roots 2010: Family History and Genealogy Conference Aug. 6-7, at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The regional event, themed Migration Then and Now, offers tools and techniques to help individuals identify and locate records that can lead to information about ancestors. Attendees can also learn about the resources that can answer the questions about their family's history and find out how those records have "migrated" to new technology.

The conference will include sessions on immigration, ethnic history, methodology, technology and DNA, led by national and regional experts. Speakers include John Philip Colletta, Ph.D, one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers, as well as author George G. Mason, David E. Rencher of FamilySearch, and Loretto "Lou" Szucs of Ancestry.com.

The keynote speaker will be Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, who will share how genealogy inspires his poetry.

A number of pre-conference activities will be offered Thursday, Aug. 5, at various Indianapolis locations, such as the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, the Indiana State Library and the Central Branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Included will be a writing workshop, computer labs, a genealogy library assistant workshop and an evening panel discussion on migration.

The pre-conference evening panel discussion, "Migration: Myths and Realities," will take place at the 7 p.m., Aug. 5, at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Branch. June Alexander and James Bergqueist, both authors and historians, will discuss myths and realities of the migration process and the immigrant experience, as well as explore the implications of these issues for research in family history and genealogical research.

In addition to the sessions, an exhibit hall will showcase vendors selling products and tools for genealogists. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.

Cost for the basic two-day workshop (including lunches) is $150 ($125 for HIS members, $75 for students), and single-day registration (including lunch), is $90 ($75 for HIS members, $45 for students).

Additional pre-conference activities and workshops are available for a fee.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information and specific pricing, call 1-317-232-1882 or log on to www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots.

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