Indiana Room Blog

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator Land records can be an invaluable resource for genealogists. At the August genealogy roundtable, attendees mentioned that land records are one of their favorite genealogy resources.  At the very least, they document your ancestor in a specific location at...

Written by: Allison Zafiratos With the opening of HEPL’s Seed Library this past March, I began wondering how these seeds would be used in our community and home gardens.  It reminded me of times in our shared past when we have come together to grow food for...

Written by: Amy Norris Many of us in Hamilton County take for granted the quick 30-mile drive in the car to Speedway. Race fans from all corners of the globe spend several days traveling to Central Indiana each year during the month of May. We all...

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator Although this is at the start of July, September is just around the corner with a special commemoration. On September 2, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. My father and my two uncles...

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator Staying home due to the pandemic can be difficult, and you may be experiencing loneliness and boredom. While social distancing may make it hard to connect with loved ones in person, take this time to connect to your ancestors!...

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator As soon as I received my invitation to participate in the 2020 census, I was online answering the questions. Why did I respond so quickly? Well, I legally have to respond! Secondly, I am a genealogist; I love researching...

By Nancy Massey As you research your Indiana ancestor, you may want to know more about the county in which he/she resided. We don’t have all the Indiana county histories but we do have access to a subscription database called Archives Unbound.  This database gives us access...

By Nancy Massey Summertime is a great time to start researching your family history. Well, to be honest, anytime is a great time to start.  Once you have caught that interest in exploring your family’s history, you might wonder where to begin your journey of discovery. ...

Family Stories: Fact or Fiction By: Nancy Massey I had an uncle who was not only the unofficial family historian but who told the best family stories. Each time he told a story about a family ancestor, he embellished it from the last time he told it. When I...

Have You Visited the Indiana Room Webpage? By: Nancy Massey Well, if you are reading this blog; then the answer is yes!  However, there is more to the Indiana Room webpage than this blog. Let’s take a quick look. First, you will find a description and location of...