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Learn your roots at LCPL's genealogy classes!

Genealogy Classes

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).

Upcoming Classes

Check back regularly for more genealogy classes! Have an idea for a class? Let us know.

June 27: Research Using Newspapers
Location: Merrillville Branch
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Topic: Justin Clark, Digital Initiatives Director, IHB, Indiana State Library and Emily McGuire with the National Digital Newspaper Program will share how newspapers can be used for research and genealogy.

The class focus will be on the database Hoosier State Chronicles which is Indiana's historical digital newspaper platform, with nearly a million pages of Indiana newspapers across 200 years.

2:30 pm Let's talk about it (discussion): Let's talk about other newspaper databases you can use for your research and share how newspapers have helped you in your research.

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July 11: Starting Your Family Tree Part 3
Location: Merrillville Branch
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Topic: Presented by Dr. Eric Stumpf. Discover some fun and helpful, online genealogy websites like and

We will also introduce how DNA can help you put your family tree together.  We will discuss a couple of popular services and how they can help your research and help you make new discoveries.

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July 25: Preserving Family History
Location: Merrillville Branch
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Topic: Ever wondered how to take care of those old photographs, scrapbooks, and stories passed down from generation to generation? This session has got you covered.

Join Jeremy Pekarek, Archivist at Indiana University Northwest, to learn more about best practices involving proper housing techniques, documentation, and digital materials.

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