Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IHS Program Surveying the Land

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer a chance to learn more about using historical survey maps and information to find family history information with its next workshop, “Surveying the Land,” on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Maps can contain specific family history information. Through this presentation, participants will learn about the two main survey systems used to map property in the United States and how to apply that to their own research.

The rectangular survey system was used to plot townships and sections—attendees can find out how to locate a land parcel on an old map as well as a present-day map. The earlier system of metes and bounds was used in the eastern states, and the presentation will demonstrate how to decipher that description of “Beginning at the white oak on the bank of a small run, North 35 West, 310 poles to the walnut and Lynn corner to Williams." A demonstration of DeedMapper from Direct Line Software, which is used to plot parcels, will also be included.

The presenter, Betty L. Warren, is past president of the Indiana Genealogical Society and earned professional credentials as a genealogist from Brigham Young University. She is a recipient of the Willard C. Heiss Family History Award, which is presented annually by IHS.

Cost is $10 for the general public and $8 for IHS members, and registration is limited to 80 people. For more information or to register, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. Registration includes admission to the Indiana Experience on the day of the program.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.