Residents of Indiana and surrounding states have a unique opportunity in less than a month to hear nationally-known genealogical lecturer J. Mark Lowe, CG*, present here at the Allen County Public Library. Mark will give four lectures at the Indiana Genealogical Society Conference on Saturday, April 5.

Mark is a Board-certified genealogist from Robertson County, Tennessee, who works full time as a researcher, author and lecturer. He did research and was featured on camera in the hit genealogy program “Who Do You Think You Are? and has also worked on the television programs “African American Lives 2” and “UnXplained Events.” He is an engaging and popular speaker and very knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics. His presentations for this conference will be:

  • Pioneers of the Frontier: Using Online Newspaper to Find Early Settlers
  • Quick, Complete and Accurate: Document Analysis for Researchers
  • Finding Freedmen Marriage Records
  • Out on a Limb: Trapped by Bad Research

A second track of lectures for the day is technology-based and will feature:

  • Apps and Programs for Genealogy, by The Genealogy Center librarian and IGS Recording Secretary Dawne Slater-Putt, CG*
  • Cousin Bait: Using the Internet to Reel in Family Treasures, by IGS Vice President Tina Lyons
  • Preserving Your Family History in Print and Online, by Indiana Genealogist editor Rachel Popma
  • Scanning, Digitizing and Records Preservation: High Tech Results on a Low Tech Budget, by IGS Publications Committee Chair Diana Biddle

The cost is for the day is $30 for IGS members and $40 for non-members. Interested individuals may register online at, or print the form and mail it to the society.

*“CG” & “Certified Genealogist” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, and are used by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations.