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The Indiana State Library is once again hosting the Genealogy and Local History Fair on October 22, 2022.  This in-person event will take place at the Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis.  Admission is free and open to the public.  This year’s theme is “Family Drama: Researching Your Complicated and Unconventional Ancestors.”  Our speakers, Daniel Hubbard, Erin Moulton, and Robert Bowling will use case studies to illustrate research techniques and contextualize family stories within the larger context of history.

Also, visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogy and local history organizations and shop the commercial vendors.

This event is free and registration is not required.

The presentations include:

When a Life Becomes Myth – Daniel Hubbard
This is a talk about the reconstruction of a life.  An odd and dramatic family tale showed a life slowly being converted to myth over generations.  Using genealogy, history and even weather records to reconstruct what seems to have happened, revealed a life that was not so far from the storyline of a myth from the very beginning. In the end, it has come full circle from story to research to storytelling.


Where the Murderers Roam – Daniel Hubbard
Some family stories are far more important than they seem on the surface. Connections to people may be lost, events toned down, rationales forgotten. In this presentation we start with a social disruption (the Civil War), a motivation (The Homestead Act) and the story of a fight between farmers. Then, with some research, we’ll weave it all together and learn that sometimes a simple fight over a fence was something more, something darker.


Death of a Showman – Erin Moulton
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?

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