Indianapolis—Discover immigrant ancestors, as well as the family black sheep, tinkerers and inventors, when the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) hosts the Legal Genealogist. Over the course of a two-day workshop, May 19 and 20, Judy G. Russell will lead five sessions aimed at getting legal records to reveal their secrets. All sessions will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Friday’s opening session focuses on how the misdeeds and missteps of ancestors lead to some of the greatest gems for genealogists. The program starts at 7 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception. The remaining sessions will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will focus on black laws in the north, court and immigration records, and more.
In addition, Saturday admission includes access to the Indiana Experience and the William H. Smith Memorial Library, open during the History Center’s regular operating hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library’s Genealogy Corner is a one-stop shop for family history resources, including books for adults and kids on how to start their research.
Participants can register for Friday only, Friday and Saturday, or Saturday only. Friday only is $30 ($20 IHS members), Friday and Saturday is $60 ($45 IHS members), and Saturday only is $45 ($35 IHS members). Registration is open online at www.indianahistory.org.
For more information about the workshop and other IHS resources for genealogists, contact Lauren Peightel, IHS coordinator of family history and genealogy programs, at (317) 234-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.