Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County

  • 03 Oct 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Indiana History Center


Genealogy Society of Marion County

20th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Indiana History Center

450 West Ohio St.  Indianapolis, Indiana

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County and the Indiana Historical Society are excited to announce that Dick Eastman is the featured speaker for this year's annual conference!    

This is an all day conference with four sessions and lunch

 Goin“Going Nearly Paperless - How to Get Started 

Life without paper is great! The words "paperless office" have been amusing for years, but today we are beginning to see that reality. In fact, we can now come close to having both a paperless office and a paperless home. Genealogists are not immune. Indeed, genealogy has always been a personal interest that attracts paper. We make notes, we create photocopies, and we purchase books. This presentation will focus on organizing your genealogy materials in a manner to quickly and easily find your research notes, photocopies, pictures, and much more. However, the lessons presented will also apply to most other activities in life. This presentation will also discuss long-term preservation. Paper is easily destroyed by fire, water, mold, insects, and other problems. This presentation will tell how to insure you have backup copies of paper, all stored someplace that is safe. Life without paper is great!  (Dick's Note: "No, I will NOT give out handouts of these notes on paper! That would be contradictory to this presentation's message. All the notes will be available online and attendees can view them at any time in the future.")


“Using Evernote for Genealogy and Nearly Everything Else”

Remember years ago the promise that personal computers would someday store your notes, your recipes, and more? It took a long time, but that promise has now been fulfilled. Indeed, Evernote does all that and much, much more. It not only stores thousands of notes, pictures, sound files, web pages, and more, it also allows the user to quickly find and retrieve items amongst the thousands of bits of information stored in Evernote. Indeed, it is also one of the handiest tools a genealogist can use.


"Genealogy Searches on Google"  

Extracting the most genealogy information possible from everyone's favorite search engine (this is Dick's most-requested topic and he loves making this presentation. Dick's Note: "There will be no hand-outs for this talk as the entire purpose of the presentation is to teach the audience how to quickly find information when they do not have written references. Providing hand-outs would defeat the purpose of this presentation.  Audience members need only to remember one thing: up-to-date information is always available at However, I do make my PowerPoint slides available online, the same as with most of my other presentations.")


“The Organized Genealogist” 

A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. This talk focuses on converting paper-based record keeping to all digital records, making plenty of backups (to be stored in different locations), and preserving the digital records for many more years than is possible with paper. This also discusses methods of digitally preserving printed books and magazines for long-term storage and making sure that information in those publications can be easily searched and retrieved.

Conference Fee  (Includes lunch, free parking, discounts in bookstore, access to exhibitions)

LEU's: 6 LEU's available; certificates at sign-in table


$32 for Genealogy Society of Marion County and IHS members and $40 for nonmembers.

For more information and to register click HERE.


Speaker: Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.