Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Researching World War II Veterans Workshop

The Indiana Historical Society will host the program “My Dad’s War: Researching World War II Veterans and Their Experiences,” on June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, which will show the techniques used to research veterans of WWII, will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The program will begin with a presentation of 20th- century military research that includes a case study involving a deceased Army Air Corps veteran, providing an overview of the basic research tools for all military service branches. In the afternoon, there will be in-depth coverage of various resources, including library materials, government documents, websites from the Library of Congress and the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA), and online research sites such as Footnote and Ancestory.com.

The presentation will be led by Diane VanSkiver Gagel, a retired college instructor, freelance writer, and professional genealogist. Having earned a master’s degree in American Studies, she is also the author of four books, several articles and lectures on a variety of topics. She was the keynote speaker for the Washington State Genealogical Society in 2010 and the Indiana Genealogical Society Conference in 2011.

The event will be limited to 80 people and cost $15 or $12 for IHS members. For more information or to register, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. Registration includes admission to the Indiana Experience.