Learn about Genealogy at the Library

Learn about your roots! We offer classes on a variety of genealogical topics. All of our classes are free of charge. Click the links below to sign up (classes without links have not opened sign-ups yet).

Are you a librarian or library staff? You can earn LEUs by attending most of these classes!

Upcoming Genealogy Classes

September 4: How to Find and Use Military Records
Location: Munster Branch
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Topic: Herb Smith will help us take an in-depth look at Fold3, a database of U.S. military records. Sign Up Here

September 21: Breaking Down DNA Brick Walls
Location: Merrillville Branch
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Topic: Angel Gochee-Goins, IUN faculty member will be the presenter. Bring your laptop to class. Learn how to approach and look at your DNA results in new ways in order to break down DNA "brick walls." Linking your findings to others in your results list and locating commonalities will often help you go in a different and successful direction. Sign Up Here

October 2: Graveyard Tourism
Location: Munster Branch
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Topic: Former Purdue Professor Dale Hoppe, cemetery enthusiast, will present photos and stories of his discoveries in cemeteries around the United States. Join us for a cross-country tour of cemeteries to view and discuss the final resting places of the famous and sometimes infamous. See the ways, from quite simple to very elaborate, that people wish to mark their final home here on earth. This will include people of local and national interest. Perhaps this will turn you into a taphophile! Sign Up Here

Come for the Class, Stay for At-Your-Fingertips Resources

Most of our genealogy classes are offered at the Merrillville branch, where the Indiana Room and Genealogy room are housed. You can feel free to use these excellent resources on your own, too!

If you'd like to see genealogy classes at your local branch, let us know. We're always interested in hearing what you'd like to learn at your library!