Midwestern Roots 2005: Family History and
August 18-20 in Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis – Some of the nation’s leading genealogy
professionals will present at Midwestern Roots 2005:
Family History and Genealogy Conference, August 18-20 in
Midwestern Roots, co-sponsored by the Indiana
Historical Society and the Indiana Genealogical Society,
will feature over 30 presentations covering topics
ranging from finding female ancestors, census
substitutes, family food traditions and German SS
records to baptismal records, preserving family papers,
genetics and more.
activities on Thursday, August 18, range from tours of
the William Henry Smith Memorial Library, the Indiana
State Library and the Indiana State Archives to writing
workshops on preparing family histories for publication,
computer labs on genealogy resources available on the
internet and a workshop designed for library staff and
volunteers who answer questions from genealogy patrons.
The Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library and
the Indiana History Center Smith Library also will stay
open late for extended research hours.
Other activities include a lively panel discussion
bringing together genealogists and historians to answer
the question, “History and Genealogy: Why Not Both?” The
evening will begin with a dessert reception at the
Indiana History Center followed by a discussion with
nationally-renowned historical genealogists Elizabeth
Shown Mills and Curt B. Witcher, Indiana historian James
H. Madison and migration historian Marianne S. Wokeck,
who will explore how these fields can enrich each other,
from uncovering the slightest detail of one life to
seeing human history more clearly because of that life.
On Friday, August 19, the conference will begin with
the opening session by Mills. Mills will explain the
standards and processes all researchers need to apply
when using family history and genealogical sources.
Friday will conclude with a banquet and Mills will give
a presentation that encourages taking what is learned
about ancestors and conveying it to descendants.
On Saturday morning, Madison will begin the day by
considering the various migration streams that settled
the Midwest and show how their origins, timing and
cultural features helped make the region a distinctive
part of the nation.
Other notable national speakers include genealogists
John S. Humphrey, Diane Gagel, Elizabeth Kelley
Kerstens, Tony Burroughs and Kandie Adkinson.
The Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana
Genealogical Society will offer six scholarships for
individuals to attend the conference. The scholarship
application can be found at
Additional conference information, registration forms
and exhibitor information can be found at
www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots or by
calling (317) 232-1882. Hotel reservations can
be made by calling the Indianapolis Marriott East at
(317) 352-1231 or (800) 228-9290. Indicate association
with Midwestern Roots 2005 upon making reservations to
receive the special $92/night room rate. Room
reservations must be made by August 1.
The Indiana Genealogical Society promotes
genealogical and historical research and education.
Annual membership benefits include six issues of the IGS
Newsletter; quarterly issues of the Indiana
Genealogist with a cumulative index; discounts on
IGS publications, workshop and conference registrations;
opportunities to volunteer in genealogy related
projects; access to free Query submissions, Speaker's
Bureau, Researcher's List, Librarian Scholarship,
Chapter Grants and special service recognition awards. (www.indgensoc.org)
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been
Indiana’s storyteller, connecting people to the past by
collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating
Indiana history. The independent, nonprofit organization
also publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher
workshops; provides youth, adult and family programming;
assists local historical groups throughout the state;
and maintains one of the world’s largest collection of
material on the history of Indiana and the Old
Northwest. The Indiana Historical Society is one of the
oldest historical societies in the United States, and
one of the largest with more than 10,000 members. (www.indianahistory.org)