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State library offers genealogy research

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If you have ever wondered who came before you, the Indiana State Library offers a free service that lets you research your genealogy and create a family tree. Genealogy librarian Autumn Gonzalez said people should start with a pedigree chart, beginning with yourself or a parent, and fill out all the information you know about your family. This will serve as a research guide.

But this is no short process, it does take an extensive amount of research. Gonzalez said resources such as family histories, vital record indexes such as births, deaths and marriages, county records and cemetery transcriptions to climb family trees.

"It can take years," she said. "Probably actually your whole life, if you want it to."

Once people begin their research and are able to go back far enough into family history, the library can help when the research hits an obstacle. Gonzalez said librarians are always on staff in the genealogy area to help guide research and point people toward new materials.

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