The Allen County Public Library will be the site of this year’s Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Meeting and Conference on 28 April 2012. The conference will include a wide variety of topics for all levels of genealogists.

Featured speaker for the event will be Debra S. Mieszala, CG..

Debbie is a nationally-known genealogical lecturer, teacher and writer. In addition to her presentations at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, she has taught at the prestigious Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, and at the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy. Her “day job” is as a forensic specialist who works with the United States military to identify the recovered remains of soldiers. She previously did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. Debbie will be presenting the following topics:

  • Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates
  • Bringing Our Soldiers Home
  • Digging Through Documents Word By Word
  • Patently Unique: Locating Patent Records, Online and Off

The IGS Conference will feature two tracks. Other topics being presented are:

  • What’s New With FamilySearch? (Michael Hall of FamilySearch)
  • Becoming Expert On Using Ancestry (Melissa Shimkus of The Genealogy Center)
  • Finding Indiana Records and Research in FamilySearch (Michael Hall)
  • Writing a Book Using Family Tree Maker and Microsoft Word (Curtis Sylvester of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana)

The day also will feature IGS’s annual meeting, awards and the induction of the first members of the Territorial Guard Society of Indiana, a lineage society open to those who can prove direct ancestry to someone who resided within the present boundaries of Indiana on or before 11 December 1816 (statehood).

Cost for the conference is $30 for IGS members in advance, $40 for non-members in advance, and $45 at the door. Check the Conference website for more information or to register.