One of Indiana's two genealogy associations, the Indiana Historical Society, will put on Midwestern Roots 2008 on the east side of Indianapolis Friday and Saturday August 15-16, with a full slate of pre-conference activities on Thursday the 14. Speakers of national renown will include Christine Rose ("Using Little-Known and Neglected Sources" and more), Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak ("Cases That Make My Brain Hurt" and more). Also I hope to hear Betty Warren on Indiana marriage laws 1791-1891, Alan January on state hospital records, and Curt Witcher on directories. Pre-conference workshops will include internet research, history lab, library resources, and preparing your family history for publication -- or you can revel in the resources of the Indiana State Archives, the genealogy division of the Indiana State Library, and the IHS's own William Henry Smith Memorial Library. This is the perfect venue for those of us who hesitate to spend the time and money to go to the week-long national extravaganzas (which I also love).