Genealogical Society of Marion County

Breaking Down our Brickwalls

Join us on January 10th at the GSMC library for a roundtable discussion.  Stuck on an ancestor or two?  Bring some details... the location and approximate timeframe of the person you are looking for.  Get a lot of great ideas about new places to search, helpful websites and untapped resources.  This is one of our most popular programs.  Come and see why.

Thanks for a wonderful 2014

The Show-n-Tell and Annual Meeting involved a lot of great stories and an incredible meal.  Thanks to Marion Harcourt for all of her hard work in help organizing the event.  If you missed attending the Annual Report will be posted to the website soon.  Check out our events calendar.  It is filling up with some great genealogy events for 2015.

Welcome !!!
GSMC is located at Memorial Park Cemetery 9350 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.


Thanks for a great conference!

We had a great conference with a record number of attendees.  Thanks to our speaker Julianna Szucs Smith for a great day along with donating almost $1000 worth of door prizes.   Also a big thank you to Allison Deprey Singleton and the Indiana Historical Society for being such wonderful hosts.
If you were unable to join us you can find the handouts under the Genealogy Programs tab of our website.

Genealogy Get Together

Genealogy Get Together:  Join us the third Wednesday of each month beginning September 2014 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
01/10/2015 - 1:00 pm
Breaking Down Your Brickwall
GSMC Library
Researching Afican American Ancestors
Indiana Historical Society
02/07/2015 - 1:00 pm
Self Publishing your family history

Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be (mis)used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.

Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.

Early naturalizations were usually at County Courts. Since about 1920, they have been in the Federal court system.