Genealogy Fair examines unconventional ancestors in return to Indiana State Library

INDIANA – The Indiana State Library’s popular Genealogy and Local History Fair will return in-person to downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 22. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s History Reference Room.

This year’s theme is “Family Drama: Researching Your Complicated and Unconventional Ancestors.” Presenters will use case studies to illustrate research techniques and contextualize family stories within the larger scope of history. Attendees will also be encouraged to visit the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogy and local history organizations and to shop the commercial vendors. 

Daniel Hubbard will present “When a Life Becomes Myth” an odd and dramatic family tale that showed a life slowly being converted to myth over generations. Hubbard will also present “Where the Murderers Roam,” concerning family stories that are far more important than they seem on the surface.

Additional presenters include Erin Moulton, who will present “Death of a Showman,” examining what happens when the subject of your genealogical research joins the carnival, moves across the country, reappears six years younger, marries a couple of times, and then dies suddenly leaving a wave of confusion in his wake, and Robert Bowling, who will share his research concerning the history of grave robbing in central Indiana.

Click here to read more about the Genealogy and Local History Fair. Registration is not necessary to attend.