Beginning your genealogical research can seem like a daunting task, which is why the Indiana State Library is hosting a unique event to help Hoosiers discover their family history. Genealogy for Night Owls on April 30, 2014 is a chance to get one-on-one assistance from State Library subject experts. The event will include opportunities for extra research time, library orientation and collection tours, Ask-An-Expert sessions, and more!
The Indiana State Library Foundation has published the third edition of its official magazine, Cornerstone. The quarterly publication is designed to highlight the State Library’s rare collections, public services, statewide programs, and relevant library news from across the state. Specifically, the Foundation hopes to use Cornerstone as a catalyst and reference point to carry out its mission to serve citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library as well as aid in the development of library related programs benefiting libraries throughout the state and the library profession.
The Winter 2014 issue of Cornerstone highlights the State Library’s Genealogy Collection – one of the largest in the Midwest – and discusses the retirement of former State Librarian Roberta L. Brooker.
Click here to view the Winter issue of Cornerstone.
The Library of Congress recently updated Chronicling America with a batch of new historic Indiana newspapers. The following additions will bring the total number of Indiana newspaper pages on Chronicling America to over 70,000:
- Brookville American, 1858-1860;
- Indiana American, 1853-1857;
- Indiana State Sentinel (weekly edition), 1875-78, 82-89, 92-94; and
- Wabash Express, 1860-1861.
The Indiana State Library in 2011 was awarded a $293,157 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize Indiana’s historically significant newspapers. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database as well as Indiana Memory. You can continually monitor the status of this project at the official Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project website.