Genealogical Society of Marion County

2014 Conference

The Genealogical Society of Marion County,
in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society,
19th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio St. Indianapolis
Please join Genealogical Society of Marion County and the Indiana Historical Society for our Annual Conference.This is an all day conference with four sessions and lunch. 
The sessions include:
Finding Naturalization Records and other Clues to Immigrant Origins - Some amazing details and clues are waiting to be found in personal, local, county, state and federal collections.  This presentation will help you find naturalization records, how to use them effectively and to make other important discoveries leading back to the place in the old country that your immigrant ancestor called home.
Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor’s Arrival Records on - Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names.  Finding and using these records effectively will lead to intriguing family stories and provide clues for further research.
Common Surnames: Finding Your Smiths – Finding common names in your family tree is almost inevitable.  This presentation is loaded with tips for distinguishing one individual or family from others with same last name.
Hidden Treasures at Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From Almshouse and Agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them and the wonderful clues in them that will lead to other records.
Our Speakers:
Juliana Szucs Smith has been with for more than 15 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source. She is a former editor of the Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and for many years, she was the editor of The Ancestry Daily News and  Ancestry’s Weekly Journal. Also for, she has presented a number of webinars and videos. She regularly speaks at local, state and national conferences. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Loretto (“Lou”) Dennis Szucs  is Vice President of Community Relations at  With more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, archivist, author, editor and community leader, she continues to serve on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, as a member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society. Previously she served on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee and has appeared on television news stories and on The View. She was co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; co-author of The Archives and author of a number of books and articles.
Conference Fee (Includes lunch, free parking, discounts in bookstore, access to exhibitions)
          $32 for GSMC and IHS members and $40 for nonmembers.
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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.

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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
10/11/2014 - 9:00 am
GSMC Annual Conference

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IAAGG 2014 Genealogy and History Conference
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10/18/2014 - 10:00 am
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Town Hall Building, 54 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, IN

Prepare a census timeline before you begin. Review what you will find in the census you are searching. Expect spelling and age variations.

Starting in 1880, an Enumeration District consisted of not more than 4,000 persons assigned to one enumerator, or census taker.

Census records were generated by enumerators. Some who had very bad handwriting.