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Genealogy Workshop coming to Grover Museum

Mary Mott Greene chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a genealogy workshop/seminar open to the public on April 6 atthe Grover Museum in Shelbyville.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News

Every family has a story, but finding how it all started can be overwhelming. Where is the starting point for researching ancestors?

Amber Oldenburg, the owner and chief researcher at One Branch at a Time Genealogy of Indianapolis, along with four librarians from the Indiana State Library genealogy division will be in Shelbyville on April 6 to provide practical advice to anyone interested in tracing their family history.

Mary Mott Greene Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will host “All Roads Lead to Family”, its 2nd Annual Genealogy Workshop/Seminar on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Grover Museum, 52 W. Broadway St. in Shelbyville.

“This event is not an overview of local history,” said Paula Kaster, event coordinator. “Professionals will provide practical advice to anyone interested in tracking down their family history. With the popularity of sites like Ancestry.com and (genealogical) DNA testing, it’s a hot topic right now. We’re looking to provide the basic nuts and bolts to get you started with your personal family search.”

Topics for the event will include:

n Step-by-step instruction to use the free Family Search website, presented by Oldenburg.

n Genealogy 101, an introduction to the beginning elements of genealogy research and an overview of the basic documents and resources used to trace family trees, presented by Crystal Ward and Alice Winslow, genealogy collection librarians with the Indiana State Library. They will also discuss the various family history resource collections available in the Indiana State Library.

n Family Papers with Marcia Caudell, a presenter from the Indiana State Library.

n Finding Female Ancestors, presented by Sarah Pfundstein, also a staff member at the Indiana State Library.

Seats are limited. Registration is required either online through Eventbrite.com (search for “All Roads Lead to Family”) or by contacting Kaster by email, paula.kaster@yahoo.com or phone 317-512-0134.

The registration fee of $25 includes a box lunch with various sandwich or wrap choices, along with printed materials. Additional information is also available online at www.facebook/marymottgreenDAR.

“We want to feed the curiosity that leads to knowing where you came from and why you’re here, and put actual names and faces to ancestors that could bring your personal history to life,” Kaster said.

As a local DAR member, she said it is always the hope of chapter members that when researching family ancestry others may find a family descendant who was involved in the United States’ efforts toward independence. That connection to an American Revolutionary War patriot would be the key to the lineage-based membership in the DAR, a non-profit service organization for women who promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets, said Kaster, “for an interactive journey into your family’s history.”

The Mary Mott Greene chapter of DAR has been a part of Shelby County since 1911 when it received its charter from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). NSDAR was organized on Oct. 11, 1890. According to its website, DAR was incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress, and has admitted more than 950,000 members since its founding.