Sat, 07/13/2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Indiana State Library Foundation Event

Summer Lecture Series: Land Platting and Genealogy 

Saturday, July 13, 2024  *  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CT)

Indiana State Library  *  315 W Ohio St, Indianapolis

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  Indiana librarians will receive 1 LEU for attending.

Register here.

Parking validation will be available for attendees who park in the Senate Avenue parking garage directly across from the library and bring their ticket in for validation.

Getting the Lay of the Land: How Land Platting Can Help Your Genealogy

Presented by John Barr, professional genealogist and sole proprietor of Old Northwest Genealogy

Session Details

Land platting can be a valuable tool for genealogists looking to trace their family history. By studying or creating plat maps, genealogists can gain insight into the lives and movements of their ancestors.

In this class we will look at how to use platting to:

· Establish family connections

· Trace migrations

· Understand land ownership

· Locate ancestral homesteads

Land platting is crucial for genealogists looking to gain a deeper understanding of their family history. By studying land plat maps and incorporating this information into your research, you can uncover important insights into the lives, movements and relationships of your ancestors.

John is the former President of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professorial Genealogists and sole proprietor of Old Northwest Genealogy, a genealogy research company. John specializes in 18th and 19th century research with an emphasis on land and probate records with over twenty five years of experience in the Midwest.  His areas of research concentrate on the Midwest states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota; however, his research has also often led to the far reaches of the United States.