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  • AAGSFW Brings Tim Pinnick to Speak!

    Sunday, Feb 09, 2020

    The African American Genealogical Society Fort Wayne is celebrating ten years in a very big way! They are sponsoring family history expert Timothy Pinnick to present an engaging and informative group of program at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center on February 22 & 23, 2020. The program suite is entitled, “African American Genealogy & Black Church Records.”

    Tim Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than thirty-five years overall research experience including work in all the major U.S. repositories. In 2019, Tim was the coordinator and facilitator of a landmark workshop course entitled “Building an African American Research Toolbox.” He has presented papers at large history conferences, the most recent at the 2019 Association for the Study of African American Life and History conference, in Charleston, SC. Tim truly is a nationally recognized author, researcher, and lecturer. His passion for history and research in evident in all his works.

    All of three of the programs are free. We strongly encourage you to reserve your place. You can do so through Eventbrite.
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    The schedule for the weekend is below.
    Saturday, February 22 – 10 a.m.: "The Ancestor Hunt and Chronicling America - Newspaper Research Imperative.” Learn to quickly determine which newspapers exist in your geographic areas of interest and the repositories holding them. Receive links, tips, and strategies to guide you through newspaper research.

    Saturday, February 22 – 2 p.m.: "Using Newspapers as Part of the African American Research Process." Newspapers--both black and mainstream--are an extremely valuable part of the African American research strategy. Learn 25 key tips, strategies, and resources designed to empower you to uncover more about your ancestors.

    Sunday, February 23 – 2 p.m.: "’And the Church Said AMEN!’ - African American Religious Research.” Locating information on African American congregations can be frustrating. Learn how to overcome the lack of record preservation at the local level with a variety of records and effective research strategies. Church representatives are encouraged to attend to share local church history and learn more about history preservation.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy and Discovering the Shtetl

    Thursday, Feb 06, 2020

    Join genealogist Marlis Humphrey, well-known researcher and speaker, and immediate past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (ISJGS) as she discusses “Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy” and “Discovering the Shtetl” on Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in The Discovery Center. This program is sponsored by and offered in cooperation with the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • African American Digital Collections at The Genealogy Center

    Monday, Feb 03, 2020

    Discover the incredible African American digital collections available at The Genealogy Center. Join Melissa Tennant to see what can be found through the African American Gateway, African American Newspapers, African American Heritage, Archives Unbound, and the Slavery and Anti-Slavery database. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center! Register for this free event at ACPL.libnet.info/events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of WinterTech 2019-2020.

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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Schedule a One-on-One Consultation in February!

    Monday, Jan 13, 2020

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Tuesday February 4, 2020 and Thursday February 20, 2020, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    If you can't make one of our regularly scheduled dates, contact us and we will establish a different date and time!

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free South Africa Research Collection

    Tuesday, Jan 07, 2020

    Maybe readers have noticed that many of our Free Databases are Fort Wayne and Allen County or Indiana-based. This is because most of the Free Databases are donated, so most come from this area. We have some people who will also donate material from other states, but we have so few from other countries that they are listed under “Other States Resources,” like the South Africa Collection.

    The South African Collection consists of Natal Church Register Indices, which include baptism, marriage and burial records for Anglican, Roman Catholic, Dutch Reformed, Congregational and Presbyterian KwaZulu-Natal churches. The Natal Witness: Birth Marriage, and Death Index, 1861-1864, compiled by Michael Scogings, indexes birth, marriages, deaths 1846 to 1864, 1877 to 1878, 1882 and 1885, we well as 1852 statistical information regarding settlements, 1854 ratable property and 1855 Burgesses Roll in Pietermaritzburg, and the1858 military volunteers.  Another section is a partial index for the Durban West Street Cemetery. Sue Mackay's South African Settlers Project which includes a correspondence index concerning applications for settlement to the Cape of Good Hope, whether accepted or not, from 1819 to 1845, various ships logs and muster rolls, newspaper extracts from 1840 to 1892, and decisions regarding land claims in 1825. And under a page about Sue Mackay are a number of useful links to other South African online sources.
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    In print form, we also have the Keith Meintjes South Africa Collection, consisting of all types of research material for South Africa, including Leonard Thompson’s A history of South Africa (968 T37hi), Roll of the British settlers in South Africa Up to 1826 (968 J71ro), Die nasate van die Rynse sendelinge in Suid-Afrika (968 Z753na), and the Bulletin of the Huguenot Society of South Africa (968 H875bu). To locate more of this collection, just type “Keith Meintjes South Africa Collection” into the ACPL.catalog.

    So for anyone with South African connections, these sources are vital to research!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Indiana Church and School databases

    Saturday, Jan 04, 2020

    We have some great new church and school records in our Free Indiana Databases! We start with Trinity Church Records in Bartholomew County, Indiana. These records include Trinity Church Sunday School Records 1904 to 1926 and Otter Creek Church Sunday School Records 1887 to 1889. These records can include numbers of pupils, who taught the classes, hymns sung, lessons taught and amount of collections. More records in this series are waiting to be scanned and posted, so keep watch!
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    Next is the Garrett Schools Reunion, 1989 from DeKalb County, Indiana. It is a reunion of all classes, with the Golden Anniversary Class (1939) and Silver Anniversary Class (1964) highlighted. Also included are names of members of various reunion committees and a schedule of reunion activities.

    The Directory of Public Schools of Huntington County, 1949-1950 includes school officials; township trustees, county council and commissioners, school calendar; rules and regulations; salary schedule; information on various schools, which includes names of school administration and teachers; and a list of substitute teachers.

    And Religious and Social, Franklin County, Indiana is a reprint of chapter V of the Atlas of Franklin County, Indiana (J. H. Beers & Company, Chicago, 1882). It includes sections on Little Cedar Grove Church, the Oldest Church in Franklin County, Early Meeting-Houses, Early Religious Movements in the Whitewater Valley and Presbyterianism in the Whitewater Valley as well as information about the effect of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 on the region.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Year Resolutions for Family Historians

    Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019

    Blog post by John

    The end of the calendar year is a great time for every genealogist to take stock in their research efforts. Think back to a year ago and make a note, if only a mental one, of what new discoveries you made this past year. What new ancestors have you found? What brick walls have you broken down? What new books have you read? What new websites or record groups have you discovered? What new DNA matches have you made? What classes have you taken either in person or online, and what new research techniques have you mastered?
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    Every year we should make it a goal as a kind of New Year’s resolution to up our game as researchers – to get better at what we do. Learning new research skills and both finding and understanding new record groups are key to making that upward trajectory. The end of the year is a great time to lay out the genealogical problems you continue to face, examine the sources and methods you have studied thus far, and think of new ways to approach those problems.

    Have you applied the FAN club principle to your research? FAN stands for friends, neighbors, and associates of your ancestor – the people who lived next door or within several households of your ancestor on the census, who witnessed their deeds and wills, and who served as godparents to their children in church records. Who were these associates exactly and why were they important to your family? Have you traced their families and migration patterns to see if they can lead you to clues about your own ancestors?

    What have you written this past year? I believe that the act of writing a genealogical summary and both documenting and evaluating the sources you have examined so far is a great way to reboot your research and get you mentally in the groove for continuing the search. Indeed, this step is so helpful that you should do it even if you don’t plan to publish your findings right now. Keep Word files under different surnames on your computer devoted to each of your ancestral families. Try to assemble each family in a genealogical summary and list all of the census schedules, deed records, wills, and other sources you have found that tell the story. The act of organizing will make you a better genealogist – I guarantee it. A year from now, if you maintained your focus, you can look back at all of the new discoveries you made in the coming year. Let’s all raise a glass on New Year’s Eve to making ourselves more skilled at what we do. 

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Using the Maker Lab to Preserve Family History

    Monday, Dec 23, 2019

    Learn how the Main Branch’s Maker Lab can be used to preserve your family history. Join Sara Allen on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center for a tour the Maker Lab and learn how to convert family wedding videos to DVDs; transfer family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports logos, company logos, and more!

    Register for this free event at ACPL.libnet.info/events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Indiana Free Databases!

    Thursday, Dec 19, 2019

    A few new ndiana-based Free Databases have hit our pages which will provide some great Indiana background. Tippecanoe 2 The first two are by Kevin Fish who kindly agreed to have them on our site. Indiana Prairie Farmer contains “Farm Labor in Indiana and the Old Northwest,” a fascinating history of the politics of agriculture and land in the 19th Century in the region and the country as a whole. Fish’s Songs, Slogans, and Souvenirs: The Exciting Part of the 1840 Presidential Election Campaign. One can not only read historical information about the election, but also read the words to some of the songs.

    We have also posted several documents from the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, State of Indiana, including the Minute book beginning in 1855-1856 and the Record of Charters. 

    We have two applications to the Grand Army of the Republic in Kansas by two members of the 100th Indiana Infantry, James Cleland and Alonza Miller. The applications contain the veteran’s name, date and place of birth, residence at the time of application and occupation, when and where he enlisted and was discharged. A great source for anyone needing information on a Civil War soldier!
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    Finally, we have a 1917 edition of the 1851 Constitution of Indiana and of the United States. The Indiana Constitution had seventeen article, including suffrage and election, distribution of powers, a description of the branches of government, education, state institutions, the militia and more, easily navigated in this small document.    

    Take a few minutes to view these great sources!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Schools & Scrapbooks - New Free Databases!

    Monday, Dec 16, 2019

    We have several new items from various states to add to the Free Databases, starting with
    Camelback High School (Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona) Senior Farewells of 1957 and 1958 and the Commencement programs for 1958 and 1959, and the Highlands High School, 1937 Commencement (Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky).
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    Scrapbook of Plainwell & Allegan County, Michigan contains all kinds of news clippings from school and highway planning, birthdays and anniversaries, and the opening of Diane’s Dairy Crème in 1968, and The Scrapbook of Highland County, Ohio contains poetry, essays and obituaries from 1898. We are not sure who compiled these last two, but they are fascinating and could be extremely useful to family researchers.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Allen County Databases

    Friday, Dec 13, 2019

    There are a few new free databases for those searching in Fort Wayne and Allen County!

    First up is the July 1954 edition of Fort Wayne’s Civic Clubs, Trade Associations, Fraternal Organizations, published by the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. This booklet provides selected officers and contact information for more than 90 clubs and associations in Allen County, including American Legion Posts, the Chicago Motor Club, Fort Wayne Coal Dealers, Junior Achievement of Fort Wayne, Newcomers Club and the Oldster Newsboys Club. Election months are also noted.

    We also have the 1995-1999 General Electric Partizan Scrapbook, which includes photos of members at meetings, obituaries and funeral memorial cards for members, a history of the organization and other memorabilia, and the January 1996 Report to Mayor Paul Helmke from the Old Fort Collaborative Board of Directors.            

    Stop! Look! Listen! Read a Letter to the Nickel Plate Railroad Company was a 1944 publication by the Fort Wayne Optimist Club demanding the rerouting of the Nickle Plate Tracks through Fort Wayne that claimed that crossings were blocked for 90 minutes during 12 hours each day. 

    We’ve added three sets of Monroe Township School Records including the Monroe Township School Register, 1923-1925, Teacher’s Daily Register, 1869-1880, and Trustees School Record, 1866-1880.
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    Two Allen County Land Title Abstracts have been added, the Edgemont Addition, Lot 9 and Timberly Place SD, Lot 3.

    And last, but certainly not least, more memorial cards have been added to the African/African American Historical Society’s Hana L. Stith Collection which now has more than 4000 entries! Great collection and a vast amount of work! Thank you!
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Schedule a One-on-One Consultation in January!

    Monday, Dec 09, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Monday January 13, 2020 and Tuesday, January 28, 2020, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    If you can't make one of our regularly scheduled dates, contact us and we will establish a different date and time!

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Friday November 29, 2019 - A Day In Allen County!

    Monday, Nov 25, 2019

    A “Day in Allen County” is your opportunity to share life in Allen County, Indiana through your lens, through your eyes. Take photos as you spend time with family and friends this holiday Friday, and send them to us via email, Facebook, and Instagram. Your photo submissions will become a part of our Community Album. Help us build a collection of local family history that will be preserved for generations. We want to see your family and friends celebrating each other through meals, memory sharing, and fun activities.

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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • A Look at GIMP & Vivid Pix for Restoring Photographs

    Friday, Nov 22, 2019

    Join Kay Spears in the Discovery Center on Wednesday, December 12, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. to explore alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. We will look at both GIMP and Vivid Pix, two programs that may be used to change, restore, and touch up your old photographs.

    Register for this free event at ACPL.libnet.info/events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for December!

    Monday, Nov 18, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Tuesday December 3, 2019 and Tuesday, Secember 17, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for November!

    Saturday, Oct 26, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Monday November 4, 2019 and Wednesday November 20, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Last Days

    Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

    FHMBrickWallllBlog2019A “Brick Wall Panel” with Genealogy Center Sara Allen, John Beatty and Delia Cothrun Bourne will begin the last days of Family History Month on Sunday October 27, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Discovery Center as staff members demonstrate some of the techniques used to tackle these quandaries. We will take three brick wall queries received though our Facebook “Brick Wall Question of the Week” to use as examples to show the methods we use to help you!

    FindPastBlogThen on Thursday October 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center, John Beatty will share “Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry.” This talk will explore the use of Find My Past, a major website for researching Irish and British genealogy. We will look at some of the major components of the database, including the myriad of British census and parish register information, as well as some unique images of Irish sources, both newspapers and manuscripts. We will also explore use of the Periodical Source Index, which is part of this database.

    Remember to register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And remember our social media video tips:
    Monday October 28, 2019 - Do you know that our library has a great collection of Irish local history? Have a look at some of the fabulous and hard-to-find books, right here in our Irish aisles.
     
    Tuesday October 29, 2019:
    Suggestions for searching for a missing man (or woman).
         What does a Tintype look like? Hints for spotting a Tintype.
     
    Wednesday October 30, 2019 - See what City Directories can do for you.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week IV

    Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

    IllnessIBlogThe last full week of Family History Month is packed with great learning opportunities, starting on Sunday October 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center when Delia Cothrun Bourne talks about “What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death. This light-hearted overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors will include where to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

    On Monday October, 21, 2019, Delia Bourne will offer tips on “Saving Digitally from Genealogy Center Resources,” at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. So many great electronic resources are available through The Genealogy Center website, but the mechanics of actually saving what you find to your USB drive can be confusing. Discover how to preserve what you find from various databases, and how to adapt instructions for use on numerous sites.

    MidwesternIBlogDelia Bourne will share “Selected Midwestern Resources at The Genealogy Center,” on Tuesday October 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Although The Genealogy Center prides itself on its extensive collection from all over the United States, the Midwestern collection in exceptional. Come and see a few of the more overlooked resources for the Midwest.

    Sara Allen will offer “Ancestry DNA 101” on Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Have you taken the Ancestry.com DNA test?  Come to this session and learn the basics about Ancestry.com's autosomal DNA test and how to read and interpret your results.  We will discuss the ethnicity estimate, your match page, and other features of the Ancestry DNA experience

    Thursday October 24, 2019 offers a treat at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center when Kim Harrison will discuss “Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answers.” Kim will offer a review of pension records and the value of the information to tell a person’s story. This session is a must for those researching railroad workers after the 1930s.
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    Friday October 25, 2019, is our Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight in The Genealogy Center. Stay in The Genealogy Center for an evening of research and visiting after everyone has left the Main Library for the evening. You must be in The Genealogy Center before 6 p.m., and you can stay to research until midnight! There are even programs to highlight the evening:
         6:30 p.m.: Finding & Using Catholic Church Records – Pat Stamm
         7:30 p.m.: What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
         8:30 p.m.: Biographical Works in Genealogical Research - Curt Witcher
    Please have your car out of the library garage before 6 p.m.
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    Register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events for these programs! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And Saturday, October 26, 2019 brings “A Day with Judy Russell,” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Theater. The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . The Allen County Genealogical Society and The Genealogy Center join in proudly presenting this special day for genealogists.
    Lectures include:
    “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others—The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments”
    “No Person Shall . . . Gallop Horses in the Streets--Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestor’s Lives”
    “When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records”
    “2019: The Year of the Copyright.”
    For a description of each presentation and information on time schedule or to register, go to www.acgsi.org. This special paid event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation and is a ticketed/paid event.

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

    Monday October, 21, 2019 - What does a Daguerreotype look like? Hints for spotting a Daguerreotype.

    Wednesday October 23, 2019 - Some hints for storing photographs, journals, etc.

    Thursday October 24, 2019 - A richness of resources for Cherokee and Five Civilized Tribes family history in our snapshots.
    – Learn how The Genealogy Center is a great resource for South Africa records.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week III

    Wednesday, Oct 09, 2019

    FHMSingleBlogCynthia Theusch starts Week III of Family History Month by demonstrating “Working with a Single Record,” on Sunday October 13, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. As you are searching through family papers/boxes, have you come across only one record/item for an individual? This program will show you how to search databases and other resources to learn more about that individual.

    FHMMyHeritageBlogMonday October 14, 2019 has Sara Allen “Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition” at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Explore one of the library’s newest on-site genealogical record databases – MyHeritage Library Edition.  Learn tips and strategies for searching this valuable database, find out about the one-of-kind genealogical record collections available on MyHeritage, and more!

    FHMPERSIBlogCome in for the “PERSI Help Session” with Adam Barrone on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. Are you unsure of how to use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)? Adam will help you jump into PERSI to find resources you may have missed. Bring a laptop or tablet which you can connect to the library’s wireless internet along with a list of surnames and geographic locations of interest to you. (Don’t have a laptop or tablet? We will have a few computers to use on a first come, first serve basis.)

    Finally, join the Allen County Genealogical Society Technology Group on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Discovery Center. All are welcome to the ACGSI Technology Group meeting!

    You can now register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

    Sunday October 13, 2019 - What does an Ambrotype look like? Hints for spotting an Ambrotype.

    Tuesday October 15, 2019 - Discover the “dangers” of OCR and digital newspapers.

    Wednesday October 16, 2019 - Explore Native American history and heritage with the Native American Gateway.

    Friday October 18, 2019 - Have Canadian roots? Check out the types of records we have available.

    Saturday October 19, 2019 - Learn about the extensive physical and digital collection of family histories at The Genealogy Center.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week II

    Thursday, Oct 03, 2019

    Family History Month continues with Allison DePrey Singleton telling us “I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More!” on Sunday October 6, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. America’s GenealogyBank is one of the new databases added to The Genealogy Center’s On-Site Databases this year. It contains database collections of Historical Newspapers (1690-1922), Historical Books (1749-1900), Historical Documents (1789-1994), and America's Obituaries (1977-current). The obituary components of this resource make it a particularly valuable tool for genealogy research.
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    The Allen County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting is Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Kayleen Reusser offers “Tips for Interviewing Military Veterans.” Kayleen will share her experiences of interviewing hundreds of veterans of all eras. An interview form will be provided with key questions for securing information about the veteran’s life and military service. Guidelines also will be provided for photographing the veteran, their medals and military souvenirs.
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    And on Saturday October 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m., at the Georgetown Branch, 6600 East State Blvd., Allison DePrey Singleton will discuss “Morbid Genealogy.” It is the season for ghosts, vampires, and witches. While these are not typically part of the genealogical world, we can still discuss the macabre and morbid aspects of genealogy. Take part in an entertaining discussion on morbid genealogy with a Halloween flair.
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    You can now register online! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

     

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

     

    Monday October 7, 2019 - Having trouble finding the church your family attended in Germany? Your problem may be geographical. Have a look at Kevan Hansen’s awesome map guides to German parish registers.

     

    Tuesday October 8, 2019 - Discover the various types of records we have to help you as you begin researching your house’s history.

    - Learn how to use DNA testing to identify an unknown grandparent.

     

    Wednesday October 9, 2019 - Discovery tools for finding African American materials in The Genealogy Center’s collection.

     

    Thursday October 10, 2019 - Beginning your Native American/First Nations family history research.

     – Discover how to find post 1819 passenger lists at The Genealogy Center.

     

    Friday October 11, 2019 - Discover why Civil War battle site names are so confusing.

     

    Saturday October 12, 2019 – Explore the African American Newspapers databases available at The Genealogy Center.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center