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June 27, 2014

ZUVERINK: Register early for genealogy conference

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Family history and genealogy enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of early registration (before Tuesday, July 1) for the Indiana Historical Society’s “Midwestern Roots 2014,” a family history and genealogy conference. The conference will take place Aug. 1-2 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The theme for the conference is “Exploring Frontiers: What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted?” The conference will feature nationally renowned experts as well as the latest in information, methodology and technology for everyone from beginning to advanced genealogists.

The conference will include sessions from: Lisa Louise Cooke, author and producer/host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast; Thomas MacEntee, the creator of; Daniel S. Poffenberger, senior content strategist for the Patron Assistance Division of the Family History Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Warren Bittner, award-winning genealogical researcher, lecturer and former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; Anne Gillespie Mitchell, author of the Ancestry Anne column and Senior Product Manager at; and Amy Johnson Crow, author, lecturer and Genealogical Content Manager for

A number of preconference activities, including writing workshops, computer labs and genealogy library workshops, will be offered July 31. Locations include the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indiana State Library, Indiana State Archives, and the Central Branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Thursday evening concludes with Lisa Louise Cooke and “The Great Google Earth Game Show” that allows everyone to see the amazing capabilities of Google Earth when used for genealogy in a fun way. Friday’s opening session, “Hoosiers and A New History for the Twenty First Century,” by James H. Madison. Friday evening’s banquet will feature Daniel S. Poffenberger and “The Much, Extremely, Incredibly Lighter Side of Family History: Funny names and other fascinating finds from years of research.”

Cooke‘s Saturday opening session, “Future Technology and Genealogy: 5 Strategies You Need,” will help participants envision their genealogy as technology speeds ahead in the future. Early bird registration cost for the basic two-day workshop (including lunches) is $150 ($125 for IHS members, $75 for students), and single-day registration (including lunch) is $90 ($75 for IHS members, $45 for students). The Friday evening banquet and presentation (no conference registration required) is $45 per person. Registrations must be postmarked by July 1 to receive the early bird rate. Additional pre-conference activities and workshops are available for a fee. In addition to regular conference sessions, an exhibit hall will showcase vendors selling the latest products and tools for genealogists. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information and specific pricing, call 317-232-1882 or visit Hotel reservations may be made at the Indianapolis Marriott East or La Quinta Inn. For the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st St., call 317-352-1231 or 800-228-9290. For the La Quinta Inn, 7304 East 21st St., call 317-359-1021. For more information and a registration form visit

• The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society will present “Kaleidoscope Genealogy” at its July 3 meeting. Scheduled short classes are “Starting Your Genealogical Research,” by Norma Lincoln; “Citing Your Sources,” and “Free Online Research Resources,” by Donna Foster. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany. More information may be found at

— Vicky Zuverink is a past president of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Queries are free and must include both a date to establish a time period and a location where the people lived. Please include your e-mail or postal address so you can be contacted by someone interested in your family. Submit queries to: Vicky Zuverink at


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