By: Teresa Alley, Genealogy Information Fair Coordinating Committee—
Muncie, IN—Imagine it is 3:00 AM on a Saturday and you’ve fallen down that rabbit hole again while searching online for that elusive ancestor you need to find to add to your family tree. Maybe you’ve hit another brick wall and your research seems to have stalled. You might be a Mayflower descendant or have a patriotic ancestor, but you aren’t sure how to join a lineage society. Frustrating as that may be, it might be time to step away from your electronic devices and visit a local library for assistance and some social networking opportunities.
The Muncie Public Library, along with the Delaware County Historical Society, and the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a Genealogy Information Fair on Saturday, June 15, 2019. This event will take place from 1-4 PM at the Carnegie Library located at 301 E. Jackson Street, in downtown Muncie.
This event is free, and open to the public. It will feature representatives of local genealogy groups, lineage societies, and affinity organizations providing information and networking opportunities for those interested in family history research. Groups represented at the fair include: Children of the American Revolution, Delaware County Historical Society and Ancestor Hunters, Family History Center (Muncie), General Society of the War of 1812, Henry County Historical Society and Genealogy Library, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indiana Genealogical Society, Indiana Historical Society and Delaware County Historian, Indiana Society of Mayflower Descendants, Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection, Minnetrista Center Heritage Collection, Muncie Public Library-Local History and Genealogy Department, National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Palatines to America German Genealogy Society, and the Society of Civil War Families in Indiana. Informational handouts will also be available from other genealogy organizations not represented above.
There will be a FREE “Genealogy 101” workshop presented by Karen Good, chair of Ancestor Hunters (Delaware County), held in the meeting room of the library from 1:30-2:30 PM during the fair for those who are just getting started with their research. No preregistration is needed to attend, and free genealogy information packets will be available while supplies last.
Early attendees may receive a free “My Heritage” genealogy themed tote bag as long as supplies last. My Heritage has also generously donated a DNA Kit and one Annual Membership that will be given as door prizes. You need not be present to win as names will be drawn and winners notified after the event. Please contact the Muncie Public Library, Carnegie Branch at 765-747-8208 for more information. Please note the library is not open for regular business or research during the fair. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Carnegie Library is open for research during normal business hours on Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00PM.
Please stop by the registration table on arrival, if you wish to register for a door prize. Most important of all, just come for a chance to see what this information fair has to offer.
You might just discover someone you didn’t even know you were looking for!