Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One Month to Indiana Genealogical Society Conference

If you missed coming to Fort Wayne for the Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup last weekend, you have another opportunity to visit the Allen County Public Library and hang out with other genealogists.

The Indiana Genealogical Society's annual conference is April 28 at ACPL in Fort Wayne. Even if you don't have Indiana ancestors, you will definitely learn something new at the conference.

The featured speaker is Debra S. Mieszala. She is is a Certified Genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to help locate family members of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and been published in the "NGS Magazine," "The Digital Genealogist," and "OnBoard!".

Her talks are:
  • Lessons From A Snoop: Collaterals and Associates - Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.
  • Digging Through Documents Word by Word - Proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.
  • Patently Unique: Locating Patent Records, Online and Off - Was your ancestor an inventor? Learn how to locate patent records quickly and easily. Patents offer glimpses of creative genius and add interesting stories to family research.
  • Bringing Our Soldiers Home - Thousands of lost soldiers and airmen from past wars were never recovered. Some were missing in action, killed in action, or prisoners of war. Learn about the project that aims to bring them home, and how genealogy is aiding in that effort.
A second track of sessions include:
  • What's New With FamilySearch with Michael Hall from FamilySearch
  • Finding Indiana Records and Research in FamilySearch with Michael Hall
  • Becoming an Expert on Using Ancestry with ACPL librarian Melissa Shimkus
  • Writing a Book Using Family Tree Maker and Microsoft Word with Curtis Sylvester, President of the Allen County Genealogical Society
The conference is $30 for IGS members, $40 for non-members and $45 at the door. Registration forms and online registration is available at

I'm looking forward to a great conference. Will you be there?

Disclosure: I am Vice President of IGS and served on the 2012 conference committee.


  1. As a member of Unclaimed Persons, I am looking forward to Debra's talk, "Bringing Our Soldiers Home." She is one of the genealogists who does research to find next of kin when the remains of military members are found overseas.
    (Disclosure- I am the IGS newsletter editor.)

  2. I'll be there! Signed up last week. Looking forward to it...

  3. At the Conference you will be able to meet the Charter Class of inductees into the Territorial Guard Society of Indiana, as well as the latest group for the Society of Civil War Families of Indiana.

    [Sisclosure: I am the Chair for those groups.]

  4. Oh, Tina...someday! Glad I found your blog over the Fort Wayne Geneabloggers meetup posting flurry! I was so jealous of those living close enough to just jump in the car and drive there. Your blog just also served as a prompt to remind me to sign up as not only IGS's newest member, but farthest-distance-away member!

  5. See you there, Becky!

    Thanks for becoming an IGS member, Jacqi! We'll look forward to seeing you at a conference one day.

  6. I would love to go, as I do have Indiana ancestors. My maternal grandmother was born in South Bend. April, however, is a hugely busy month, ending with my graduation from college with my second B.A. degree. If, in a few weeks, I see I can squeeze it in, I just might take a wild hair and ask my husband if he'd like to visit Indiana!