In August of 1995, a group of genealogists gathered in the Indianapolis Public Library to explore forming a local genealogical society, and as a result the Genealogical Society of Marion County, Inc. was established.
The new society adopted a set of bylaws, chose officers, and determined a set of goals. These goals, unchanged since that initial adoption, have driven our society ever since.
- Promote genealogical research
- Encourage and develop the skills of member genealogists
- Locate, preserve, and make available local, private, and public records of genealogical value
- Support genealogical libraries of Marion County, Indiana
- Publish materials of genealogical value
In 1996, the GSMC was incorporated in the state of Indiana as a non-profit organization and that same year, was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS.
In pursuit of our goals, we have hosted dozens of genealogical speakers, published a bi-monthly newsletter and a quarterly journal since our inception. We have steadily compiled and published research materials on Marion County, Indiana, and after receiving an Indiana Heritage Grant; we compiled cemetery readings of Pike and Decatur Townships and published our work.
In 1998, we established the Marion County Genealogical Library at the Crown Hill Waiting Station building and have been steadily acquired materials for researchers since that time.
In 2013, we relocated to a free-standing building located in Memorial Park Cemetery on the eastside of Indianapolis. Our library continues to grow with a focus on Marion County research materials including a large selection of local high school yearbooks and histories of local businesses and organizations. We are an affiliate FamilySearch library. We host genealogy classes on a variety of topics and a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always available to help visitors with their research.
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We are continually looking to add more databases, more links, more information, and more publications. PayPal capability is available for Memberships and publications. All back issues of Indy Lineages newsletter since 1996 are online in the free section of the website.
Additional information is available in the Members Only area, where we have added back issues of Family Quest journal and several other databases. If you are not already a Member, join us!
Our library at Memorial Park Cemetery, is continuing to grow, as we acquire new publications. We have added Wi-Fi and new computers. See the Library page for Library hours. We can be open at other times for an orientation tour or research.
We have members and non-members contributing articles and information to both Indy Lineages, our bi-monthly newsletter. We welcome your contributions of family stories, pedigree and descendent charts or narratives, etc. Contact Us.
GSMC offers a variety of programs. It’s not purely “Marion County” – the strategies for researching birth, marriage, death, probate, military, and other information don’t stop at the county line! You can look forward to a continuing series of excellent programs at GSMC. We even try to keep you informed of programs for other organizations – check out the Events calendar!
Have you got a research problem? A ’brick wall’ or just an inability to find or access the correct info? Contact our Research Committee.
We exist to assist our members in their research for their ancestors and we invite you to join us! We are very interested in your thoughts on the Society, what you would like to see, and how we can assist you in your research. Please feel free to contact any of us.