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Plan your visit
Tuesday through Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indiana Experience Admission $13 Adult$12 Seniors 60 and older$5 Youth ages 5 through 17$2 Access Pass HoldersFree Children under 5Free IHS MembersFree Educators and Military Free parking with admission in lot off New York.

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There are multiple investments in interstate infrastructure happening in Indianapolis this summer, specifically during Midwestern Roots. Portions of I-65 and I-70 will be completely closed during the week of our event. Also, portions of I-465 are undergoing intermittent construction and the detour routes for I-65/I-70 are slowing down I-465. Additionally, a convention will be happening in downtown Indianapolis that is expecting 25,000 in attendance.

Please leave plenty of time to drive anywhere. Use your preferred directional app (a Google map is provided for you on the right hand side of the page) to find the most efficient routes before you get on the road. You can check INDOT’s website for updates.

Please be careful and smart – we want you to get to the conference safely!


Download the syllabus here: 2019 Midwestern Roots Syllabus. Your password is included in an update sent to your registered email address on July 3, 2019. If you purchased a printed copy, it will be available to pick up at the registration table.

Conference App

Download the conference app to make your schedule, receive updates, visit exhibitors, talk to other conference attendees and more!

  • Open up the Apple Store or Google Play on your mobile device, and search for “Whova”
  • When you have found Whova, tap to download and install the Whova app
  • Sign in using the email address you used for event registration
  • Create a password and type in your name
  • Create your profile (you can edit this later if you’d like)

If Midwestern Roots doesn’t show up automatically, search for it. Then, click the join button on the bottom of the event description page, and request access and wait until the organizers approve your request.


See our list of exhibitors here: Vendor Info-Revised.

Social Media

Excited for Midwestern Roots? Share the fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using #MRoots2019. Follow us today – @IndianaHistory.

Follow the Midwestern Roots blog for sneak peeks, helpful links and more!

Why Midwestern Roots?

Explore your family’s Midwestern roots with a variety of nationally renowned speakers at the Crossroads of America, featuring Blaine T. Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and more on July 19 and 20 with preconference events on July 18!

Conveniently located at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, conference goers are well-located to continue their research. Nearby you’ll find:

  • Indiana State Archives – a few minutes down the road
  • Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library – 15 minutes from the conference center
  • Allen County Public Library and Genealogy Center – two hours away
  • Other Midwestern genealogy research locations such as National Archives Great Lakes Region, Michigan Archives, Ohio History Connection and Kentucky Historical Society – only a few hours from Indy

At Midwestern Roots you can expect:

  • Nationally renowned speakers and local experts covering the latest on DNA, technology resources, methodology and ethnic research
  • A variety of classes, sessions and workshops on topics such as preservation, digitization, the organization of family heirlooms, and writing your family story
  • Lunches and free parking
  • Easily accessible restaurants nearby

As a special kick-off, come early for a live show from the hosts of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey will talk about New Harmony in this exciting presentation on July 17, 2019. Conference attendees will receive a special discounted rate.

Save the Date! Midwestern Roots 2021

Friday and Saturday, July 30 – 31 | Indianapolis Marriott East
Preconference Thursday, July 29 | Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

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