Friday, May 05, 2006

Vendor Hall – Societies

Attending the NGS conference provides an opportunity to learn about the resources of genealogical and historical societies from other areas. Take a mini-tour of the United States when you visit the Exhibit Hall. Among the places to visit, let’s start with the Midwest:
Read On!

Indiana Genealogical Society
The purposes of the Indiana Genealogical Society (InGS) include: fostering an interest in all peoples who contributed to the establishment and perpetuation of the state of Indiana, preserving and safeguarding manuscripts, books, cemeteries, and memorabilia relating to the early settlers of Indiana and aiding in the publication and dissemination of materials pertaining to Indiana, including biography and family and local history. The society sponsors an annual conference and publishes a quarterly journal and bi-monthly newsletter. For details, visit the InGS booth at the NGS conference, or visit their website:

Indiana Historical Society
If you are looking for genealogical resources for the Old Northwest, you’ll want to check out the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). The IHS is a non-profit, statewide organization founded in 1830. The IHS collects and preserves rare books and manuscripts, conducts programs and publishes books that help make history accessible to everyone.

Indiana Historical Society programs include genealogy workshops and conservation programs for documents and textiles. IHS publications include books such as state, local, and group histories, how-to guides, source material, map guides, and more. Among the popular quarterly publications of the IHS are: the Hoosier Genealogist, an illustrated family history journal; Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, a popular history magazine; the Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana University’s scholarly journal; and Black History News ‘n Notes, an African-American Hoosier history newsletter.

The IHS and the William Henry Smith Memorial Library preserve and make accessible one of the largest archival repositories of material on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. Located in Indianapolis, the library is open to the public. For more information, visit the Indiana Historical Society’s booth at the NGS conference, or visit their web site:

Iowa Genealogical Society
The Iowa Genealogical Society (IaGS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history. IaGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members' houses and carried the original genealogy collection in an orange crate. Today the society has 3,000+ members worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over five football fields. IaGS has a state-of-the-art research facility that integrates technology with traditional research. The facility provides a wireless network, high speed Internet access, a bank of computers, and a reader-printer that scans microfilm images direct to CR-ROM. There are 20,000 volumes and 15,000 microforms, including: vital records, histories, federal and state census records, military records and more. The facility is open 6 days a week. The Iowa Genealogical Society offers genealogy classes, annual conferences and sponsors special interest groups. For more information, visit the IaGS booth at the NGS conference, or visit their website:

Ohio Genealogical Society
The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is the largest state genealogical society in the United States. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of genealogical and historical information. The award-winning OGS Genealogy News, the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, a 2500 volume lending library, publication discounts, and a 30,000 volume reference library are among the resources available to members. The OGS also hosts an annual genealogy conference each spring with nationally known speakers. Check out the details at:

Winnebagoland Genealogical Society
The Winnebagoland Genealogical Society serves Winnebago County, including Oshkosh and the surrounding area of Wisconsin. Oshkosh is 86 miles northwest of Milwaukee, in central Wisconsin. The society has compiled and published indexes for birth, death, and marriage records of the county. A research guide and one divorce index are also available. The Winnebagoland Genealogical Society meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Oshkosh Public Library. For further information, visit the Winnebagoland Genealogical Society’s booth at the NGS conference, or visit the Oshkosh Public Library’s website:

Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is both a state agency and a private membership organization. Founded in 1846, two years before statehood, and chartered in 1853, it is the oldest American historical society to receive continuous public funding. The WHS Library Archives possesses one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. The Library attempts to collect all available historical and genealogical materials relating to any part of the U.S. and Canada. The Society has put more than 250,000 pages from its collections on their website and created databases that contain more than 2 million names. Society staff will be available at the Exhibit Hall during the NGS conference for consultations and to help you make the most of their outstanding website. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society’s booth at the NGS conference, or visit their website:

If you have roots in the Midwest, be sure to visit society booths to find out how they can help you with your research.


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