My Trip to Indianapolis

I must say that I had fun on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. I spoke at an all-day session sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Marion County. I found the society to be a very active and enthusiastic group. It was fun.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County has offices in the former offices of Memorial Park Cemetery. The building is on the grounds of the Cemetery at 9370 East Washington St. The offices have been expanded and now offers an accessible library, as well as the ability to host educational programs, special interest groups and educational meetings. The Genealogical Society of Marion County publishes both Indy Lineages, a bi-monthly newsletter, and Family Quest, a quarterly journal.

If you have ancestry in Marion County or if you live in the county, you need to check out this society! You can read more at

Saturday’s session attracted too many attendees for the offices on East Washington Street so it was held instead at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis. This is a first-class museum, you really have to visit in person to appreciate all the material, exhibits, and even historical re-enactors that are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. The historical society’s library also has a wealth of material related to Indiana history and genealogy.

If you have ancestors from Indiana and you can spend a day in Indianapolis, you need to visit the Indiana Historical Society. Don’t plan to just drop in for an hour or two! If you do, you won’t get a chance to see half of what you want to see. Plan to spend at least one full day. If you cannot attend in person, take a look at all the photographs and interactive material available on the Indiana Historical Society’s web site at I bet you will be impressed.

My thanks to Angela Gabbard and also to all the other members Genealogical Society of Marion County for making this a fun weekend. My special thanks to Allison Singleton of the Indiana Historical Society for all her work in making sure everything was available for my talks as well as for taking me to some excellent vegan restaurants!

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