Beginning Genealogy

Learn about your family history through our Niche Academy tutorials.

Our Genealogist Melissa Wiseheart has created a series of tutorials to help you explore your family history, using all the tools that our Indiana History Room has to offer. To access all the available Family History tutorials, click the button below. You can also view tutorials through the slider featured on this page.

Family History Tutorials

Tutorials include:

Family History: Using the Library Website
Family History: Getting Organizes
Family History: Using Genealogy Forms
Family History: Vital Records
Family History: Alternative Sources for Vitals
Family History: Census Records
Family History: Special Census
Family History: Online Databases
Family History: Helpful Websites
AncestryLibrary – Access Genealogical Records of Billions

Getting Started

Learn what forms are used for genealogy and how to fill them out; which places have genealogical information; how to cite a source; how to organize your research; how to use the library’s website for city directories, family Bibles, and other useful genealogy tools; and how to look up obituaries, marriage announcements, etc. in the local newspaper. Discover the genealogy resources that are available.

Vital Records

Learn how to use indexes and microfilm to find birth, marriage, and death records; how to use cemetery records; how to use findagrave.com; and how to use Ancestry.com to find vital records and to use the Social Security Death Index.

Census Records

Learn what a census is and what information is on it; how to use the census tracking form with a census record; what the differences are between each of the census records from 1790 to 1940; and how to use Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest to find your person in a census.

Beyond Vitals & Census

Learn the difference between wills and probate records and how they can help your research; how to find and use land records; what information can be found in church records and how to access those records; what indentures are and how to use them.