Genealogical Society of Marion County

GSMC July activities

Please join us:
July 1     Webinar Wednesday at the GSMC library 2-4pm
The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind
Presenter: Gina Philibert-Ortega
How do yoou research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture we look at the specific trail women left including signatures quilts, community cookbooks...  [Legacy Family Tree Webinar]
July 11     Monthly meeting and program - GSMC library 1pm
Indiana Memory Project
Come learn about how the Indiana State Library (ISL) is providing free, digitized, historical and cultural resources to help with your genealogy and local history searches.  ISL’s Indiana Memory offers hundreds of thousands of digitized items ranging from photographs, manuscripts, maps, and county histories.  Hoosier State Chronicles (HSC), Indiana’s digital newspaper program another ISL initiative, is an officially endorsed Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.  HSC projects to have over 750,000 digitized newspaper pages available by the end of 2015, and over a million more pages freely available to Hoosiers through a partnership with Ancestry.  The presentation will be given by Chandler Lighty, the program manager for Hoosier State Chronicles.
And of course the library is always open Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons from Noon until 4pm for genealogy help and research.

Welcome !!!
GSMC is located at Memorial Park Cemetery 9370 East Washington St.  Originally built in the 1920’s, this historic building served as the offices of Memorial Park until the 1990's. Now it is ours for many years to come! We have an expanded and more accessible library, as well as the ability to host more educational programs.
The Genealogical Society of Marion County's research library is open every Wednesday and Thursday from Noon - 4 pm beginning November 1st.  We also schedule appointments for research at other times.  Please contact
 Directions: Take I-465 to E. Washington Street.  At the exit, head east.  We are located about 1/2 mile east of Post Road. Our library is inside the grounds of Memorial Park Cemetery.  As you enter the cemetery we are on the right.


Genealogy Get Together

Genealogy Get Together:  Join us the third Wednesday of each month at 1pm.  This is a chance to get together and share our discoveries, ask questions and help others with all things genealogy related!  Attendence is free. No registration required.

Need Help with your genealogy?
Please come and visit us
Our librarian staff are experienced researchers and will be able to help provide some ideas to help with your genealogy research.
Small Group Classes
Are you interested in small group classes? Let us know the suggested topic and we will see if we can arrange it.

Upcoming Events
07/01/2015 - 2:00 pm
Webinar Wednesday - The Secret Lives of Women
GSMC Library
07/11/2015 - 1:00 pm
Indiana Memory Project
GSMC Library
07/25/2015 - 2:00 pm
Scavenger Hunt & Family Tree Craft
Indiana State Library

Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.

Primary evidence is personal testimony or a record created shortly after an event by a person with personal knowledge of the facts. Secondary evidence is compiled from other sources written from memory long after the event has occurred.

Direct evidence speaks to the point in question. Indirect evidence gives facts from which you can come to a conclusion.