Monday, July 28, 2008

Session F-6 Time Change

To have sufficient time to cover the topic, Session F-6, One-Step Web Pages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools, with Stephen Morse has been expanded to 90 minutes. The session will begin at 12:30 pm and conclude at 2 pm.

The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes over 100 web-based tools divided into 13 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on E-bay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society. He has also received the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Midwestern Roots 2008 to offer Library Education Units

The Indiana Historical Society is pleased to announce that our Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History and Genealogy Conference is approved by the Indiana State Library to offer Library Education Units. The conference will be held August 15 and 16 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, with pre-conference activities on August 14 at various locations.

Midwestern Roots 2008 features more than 30 presentations by national and regional experts and covers a range of topics, from sources, methodology and technology to DNA, storytelling, photo preservation, Internet linking and much more. Multiple registration options are available, so you can plan to attend all three days or just the one day that fits your schedule. The Indiana Historical Society will provide conferees with verification of course completion. Below is the list of approved sessions for LEU credit.

§ August 14 Pre-Conference (1 LEU – 4 LEUs, depending on length of session attended)
§ August 14 Evening Panel Discussion (2 LEUs)
§ August 15 Full Day Conference (maximum 5 LEUs)
§ August 16 Full Day Conference (maximum 5 LEUs)

The following courses have been approved as Technology Library Education Units:

§ Pre-conference: Navigating the Maze: Finding Indiana Records Online (2 LEUs)
§ Pre-conference: Genealogical Research on the Internet (3 LEUs)
§ Conference: (1 LEU)
§ Conference: (1 LEU)
§ Conference: Automated Search Tools (1 LEU)
§ Conference: Innovative Tools to Connect Families (1 LEU)

For conference/session information, registration forms, exhibitor information or specific pricing, call (800) 447-1830 or visit

Friday, June 6, 2008

Great Conference for Librarians and Genealogy Volunteers

I am planning to attend the Midwestern Roots 2008 Family History and Genealogy Conference. I have attended a couple of times before and have been impressed with the well-known names of the speakers. Many of them I am acquainted with through their books and articles.

As a Genealogy Librarian I also recommend that the genealogy volunteers from our library also attend. We learn more about genealogy research and sources and pass that knowledge along to the researchers who use our library. I also find the past pre-conference activities extremely useful to those who work with researchers on a regular basis.

Linda Talley, Genealogy Librarian
Johnson County Museum of History

Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History Conference

Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History Conference

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Remarks provided by Kendra Clauser

The Midwestern Roots scholarship program enabled me to attend the 2005 conference. As a family genealogist and history major in a masters program, the conference programming offered endless connections to my personal projects. The opening session panel participants challenged listeners to look for associations between history and genealogy. This session also incited thoughtful discussion from the audience which opened lines of communication between researchers with similar interests. Sessions offering clues to finding women in the 19th century and naming patterns among formerly enslaved people after the Civil War both enhanced my ongoing research on abolition in the Antebellum Midwest. Even sessions that did not directly relate to my family research provided fascinating insight into the complex world of genealogy. Plus, I met experts from across the country, making personal connections I could call upon in my future endeavors. If you are a graduate student interested in genealogy, or history, (or hopefully both), take advantage of the Midwestern Roots scholarship.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Learn more about genealogy from some of the nation’s leading experts and get the tools to implement that knowledge at Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History and Genealogy Conference, taking place Aug. 15-16.

Sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society, the conference will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott East, and many pre-conference activities will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis).

From DNA and genealogy to technology and methodology, the conference will include more than 30 presentations and cover a wide array of topics, including a look at the importance and use of wartime letters by James Madison (Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington and author of many books, his newest being "Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II").

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian and North American spokesperson for, is also a featured presenter. Other notable national speakers include Richard Eastman, Roberta Estes, Charles F. Kerchner, David Lifferth, Stephen Morse, Christine Rose, Beau Sharbrough and Curt Witcher.

In addition to the sessions, an exhibit hall will showcase vendors selling the latest products and tools for genealogists—this is also free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

A pre-conference highlight on Thursday, Aug. 14, will be a panel discussion with some of the pioneers in genetic genealogy on its evolution, potential and present-day uses—panelists include Smolenyak, Estes and Kerchner.

Other pre-conference activities include: tours of the William Henry Smith Memorial Library (History Center), the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Archives; writing workshops on preparing family histories for publication; computer labs; and a workshop designed for library staff and volunteers who answer questions posed by genealogy patrons. The Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Archives and the William Henry Smith Memorial Library also will be open late for research.

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). Additional pre-conference activities and workshops are available for a fee, and the Indiana Historical Society will offer three scholarships for graduate students to attend the conference.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information, specific pricing or a scholarship application, call (800) 447-1830 or visit

Hotel reservations may be made at the Indianapolis Marriott East or La Quinta Inn. For the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, call (317) 352-1231 or (800) 228-9290 to receive the special $99 room rate. For the La Quinta Inn, 7304 East 21st Street, call (317) 359-1021 to receive the special $72 room rate. Please indicate association with Midwestern Roots 2008. Room reservations must be made by July 21, 2008.

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the state's history. A nonprofit membership organization, the IHS also publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; provides youth, adult, and family programming; provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; and maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest.