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  • All the News That’s Fit to Digitize: News Sentinel Text Archive & Other Fort Wayne Digital Newspapers

    Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

    The News Sentinel Text Archive is a great addition to the various online sources for Fort Wayne newspapers. Join Delia Bourne Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C to explore these fabulous resources for hometown history!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    NewsBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019: Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry

    Monday, Aug 12, 2019

    In this talk, speaker John Beatty 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. Join us Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discover Center!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze. FindPastBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for September 2019

    Thursday, Aug 08, 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 Thursday, September 5, 2019 and Monday September 16, 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

  • August One-on-One Consultations!

    Saturday, Jul 20, 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 August 13, 2019 and Thursday, August 29, 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

  • One-on-One Consultations in July!

    Friday, Jun 21, 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 July 2, 2019 and Thursday, July 25, 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

  • Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon - July 27 and 28 2019

    Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

    The Genealogy Center will host an Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon! The Indiana Album's online community archive brings hidden gems from the attic to the web by scanning, cataloging, and sharing historic items that are normally hidden in family photo albums or shoe boxes. Indiana Album's volunteers will make high resolution scans with all documents being carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners.

    Be in the Discovery Center Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/or Sunday July 28, 2019, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.! Make a reservation or learn how to submit your own scans by contacting info@indianaalbum.com or (317) 771-4129.
    ScanBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Care and Identification of Historic Family Photographs Workshop

    Saturday, Jun 15, 2019

    From boxes of unidentified photographs to discs of digital images, we all have family photographs that need attention. Join us Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center to learn how to identify and care for your photos. Presenter Joan Hostetler of the Indiana Album will discuss how to examine and interpret historic photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring interesting photographs for a show and tell.
    HochstetlerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Tree Maker Event at ACPL!

    Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

    Family Tree Maker is joining up with Allen County Public Library to bring you a fantastic “how to” seminar on FTM and partner products. Come join Family Tree Maker at the Allen County Public Library on Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for a night of learning about what Family Tree Maker has to offer! With the new upgrade coming out soon, you’ll want to know what new features have been added to an already handy tool in your genealogy tool box. Partner products, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator will also be presented. You’ll also have the chance to take advantage of special conference pricing of these awesome products. Register at EventBrite!
    TreeMakerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in June!

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    In June, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? 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. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will establish a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment!
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More!

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Join Allison DePrey Singleton on June 29, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center as she discusses America’s GenealogyBank, 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.To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    DeadBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Learn About MyHeritage on Saturday May 18, 2019!

    Thursday, May 09, 2019

    oin Sara Allen as she take you "Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition,: on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Meeting Room C. 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!

    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
    MyHeritagelBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in May!

    Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

    For May, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? 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. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will establish a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April!

    Thursday, Mar 14, 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 Thursday, April 4, 2019 and Thursday, April 18, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will established a time for your consultation.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness: Act on Your Family History!

    Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

    Beginning to gather family stories and history may be as simple as acting on a first step. Join us in March to learn about several easy actions you can take!

     

    Sunday March 3, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Sharing: Non-Traditional Family History Books

    Betsy Thal Gephart

    Publishing a family history needn’t be a heavy lift.  There are easier ways to share your research than a huge, formal genealogy.  The most important thing is to share your stories!  Using the thirteen books she’s written for her daughters as examples, Betsy hopes to inspire you to get started on a project that’s just the right size.

     

    Monday March 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Writing: Simple Steps to Begin Writing Your Family Stories

    Curt Witcher

    For many, writing is just another chore. Where does one start? How long does the piece have to be? The blank screen, the empty piece of paper—both can be very intimidating. Explore some techniques for making writing easier, and maybe even enjoyable with this evening of simple steps.

     

    Tuesday March 5, 2019, 6:30 P.M., Discovery Center

    Publishing: Various Options for the Family Historian

    John Beatty

    This class will examine the different publishing options for the genealogist. We will look at going out on your own with a printer, such as the HF Group of North Manchester. We evaluate online publishers such as Lulu and Createspace and publishing options. We will also examine some of the vanity presses available for publishing a genealogy. The author will come away with several options for getting their family history in print.

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    Wednesday March 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Preserving: Sharing New Ideas from RootsTech

    Allison DePey Singleton & Melissa Tennant

    Melissa & Allison are just back from RootsTech 2019! Come learn about all of the fabulous products they viewed there!

     

    Thursday March 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

    Talking: Triggering Memories to Begin Conversations about Family History

    Allison DePrey Singleton

    Some of the best ways to remember something is through your senses.  In fact, the sense of smell is closely linked with memory. How do you utilize with for family history? Can you trigger memories with the other senses? Let’s explore this in an interactive presentation on triggering memories to begin conversations.  

     

    Friday March 8, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Organizing: Adventures with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat

    Kay Spears & Emily Rapoza

    Finally, after years and years of hard work you are ready to put everything together. Now what? Join Kay Spears and Emily Rapoza as they explore some tips, tricks, and hints when using Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat when compiling your family history book.

     

    Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Interviewing: Life Stories Hands On

    Cynthia Theusch

    Have you been curious about what goes on in the Life Stories Center? Wondering if, and how, you can use it? Come for a live demonstration of the equipment and witness one or more interviews, interlaced with questions and techniques for getting your subject to open up!


     To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of March Madness 2019!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for February 2019!

    Tuesday, Jan 15, 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, February 12, 2019 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will established a time for your consultation.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Genealogist Lara Diamond to Speak on DNA

    Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

    The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to host genealogist, Lara Diamond, for two DNA and Genealogy presentations on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  A professional genealogist with expertise in DNA and Eastern European Jewish roots, Ms. Diamond lectures frequently and blogs at “Lara’s Jewnealogy.”

    At 2:00 on February 17, she will present “DNA 101: How to Use Genetic Testing for Genealogical Research.”  Following that presentation, at 3:30, Ms. Diamond will continue with “Sorting Distant Cousins from Close Family,” including the challenges of endogamous populations such as Ashkenazi Jews.  The program is made possible with funding from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.  Members of the NEIJGS will have an opportunity to meet further with Lara Diamond at a special dinner that evening. 
    LaraDiamondBlog

    The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society was started in the spring of 2018 and is one of the newest members of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.   It is dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.   The Society includes members with a broad range of backgrounds and genealogical skills.   In November of 2018, Mr. Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen, was the featured speaker.  Dr. Elizabeth Anthony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a program on May 5, 2019 about the International Tracing Service.

    The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center houses one of the largest research collections available to genealogists, incorporating records from around the world.   Visitors are welcome to take advantage of the long weekend to visit the collection.  Library hours are 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, noon to 5pm on Sunday, and 9am to 9pm on Monday.

    For information about joining the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, contact NEIndianaJGS@gmail.com, check out the Facebook page, or download a brochure

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for January!

    Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

    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 Wednesday January 16 2019 and Monday, January 28, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will established a time for your consultation.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • December One-on-One Consultations!

    Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

    For December, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? 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. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will 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!

    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One on One Consultations for November!

    Friday, Oct 26, 2018

    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 November 6, 2018 and Thursday November 29, 2018, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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

  • Last Family History Month Events!

    Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

    They say that all good things must come to an end, and so does Family History Month. But before it goes, we have several last events for you!

    Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center I am Hilda Schrader Whitcher: Social Security History - Allison DePrey Singleton The Social Security Death Index and Applications are invaluable to family historians but why was it created? Sometimes to understand every aspect of a great resource, you need to know the history. This presentation will look at the history of Social Security and the identity of Hilda Schrader Whitcher.

    Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30p.m., Discovery Center Finding Fort Wayne Photographs - Delia Cothrun Bourne There are many visual sources for Fort Wayne and Allen County, showing streets, buildings, people and more. Learn about some of the sources available for locating old photographs of your town!
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center Using Tax Records in Genealogical Research - John Beatty Tax records are an underutilized source in genealogical research, and yet they are absolutely crucial for finding familial connections, especially in states like Virginia where many other records are lost. This talk will explore the various ways our ancestors were taxed and how to locate and interpret those records in our family history research.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center Genealogy of the Tragedies: Death and Sorrow in America - Allison DePrey Singleton Every family has at least one tragedy in their family narrative. Let’s explore the process of researching some of these tragedies and how you can apply these same methods to your family history research.

    To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And thanks for helping us celebrate Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center