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Upcoming Events: All events and workshops listed below occur at the Indiana State Library. All events and workshops are free and open to the public.

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair

Click here to receive your $5.00 parking voucher for the Fair.

October 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “200 Years of My Indiana Home,” examining the lives and times of Hoosiers throughout the years and exploring the homes and neighborhoods in which they lived.  Attendees will learn how to incorporate local history, architecture, house history, and maps and other land record resources into their family research. Jill Morelli will speak on house histories – looking at the “genealogy” of your house, and using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps in your research.  Ann Staley will be speaking on the everyday lives of our ancestors.  She will also examine city directories, how to locate them, and how to utilize them in your research.  Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.

The following fabulous door prizes will be given away:

1 annual World Explorer individual memberships to
1 annual subscription
1 annual subscription
1 annual subscription
1 AncestryDNA kit
and more!

Bring along photographs to be scanned during the fair by the Indiana Album, a non-profit organization that copies, catalogs, and shares history photographs of Indiana from all eras. The project, endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, seeks images of buildings, businesses, churches, clubs, schools, and interesting people. See their web page ( to learn more, discover how to submit your own scans, or to view over 5,000 images scanned so far.

Free LEUs!  Each session is worth 1 LEU.  To receive LEUs, you must register via email at

Third Saturday One-on-One History Consultations

Directions and Parking Information for Visitors One-on-One Family History Consultations Third Saturday of Every Month

Do you need help getting started? Have you hit a brick wall? Need information about what we have and how it can help you with your genealogy research? The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is offering 30 minute individual consultation sessions with one of our reference librarians on the third Saturday morning of every month.

Email to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the third Saturday of the month. Please include topics and questions you would like to have addressed. If you have completed any research please bring it with you.

Free orientation tour enable researchers to learn where the genealogical tools they need are located. Learn what resources the Indiana State Library holds for genealogists, and where to find them in the building.

Family History Tours

This is NOT a how-to-research session. Instead, this is your opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the facility's genealogical holdings.

Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists and family historians. Tours are available by request. Request a tour for as little are two people or a larger group. We can accommodate most request or appointments, to schedule your orientation tour please call 317-232-3689.

Indiana State Library Speaker's Bureau

Looking for fun, historical and educational programming for your next group gathering or event? The State Library provides local programs on dozens of Indiana history, genealogy, preservation and literary-related topics. Contact Monique Howell at 317-234-7270 or to learn more about how we can enhance your next event.

Public Notice: The State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy State Library programs, services, and activities.

Updated SA 10-12-2016