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  • Join Us for the Global Family Reunion

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The Genealogy Center is partnering with Children’s Services and Young Adult Services to host a weekend full of family activities and events June 5-7 as a “branch party” of Global Family Reunion 2015! All activities will take place at the Main Library, 900 Library Plaza.

    Global Family Reunion will be Saturday, June 6, in New York City. The event, brainchild of author A. J. Jacobs, celebrates that we are all part of one big family – we are all cousins! The New York activities, including speakers, games, and other events, will take place on the grounds of the legendary 1964 World’s Fair, now home to the New York Hall of Science. Our local “branch party” will feature live streaming from New York on Saturday. Proceeds from ticket sales to the New York event will go toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Events at ACPL are free.

    Full details about local activities are available in the Global Family Reunion brochure. Besides other events, there will be three family photo opportunities:
    •    Have your family photo taken in The Great Hall and we will email you a copy
    •    Take a silly picture of your family with props in Children’s Services
    •    You Are (Were) Here – Take a photo in front of the green screen in Young Adult Services & we’ll superimpose it on a country of your ancestors’ origin

    In addition, bring heritage family photos and we will scan them, preserve them on our website, and email you a copy!

    There will be chess and board games in Young Adult Services noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as outdoor games – bocce ball on Friday, cornhole on Saturday, and badminton on Sunday – on the Library Plaza!

    The Genealogy Center will present talks on Family History Fun, Ways to Display Your Family History Using Pinterest, Storytelling, Exciting Ways to Share Your Genealogy, and Being Creative … with Your Family History.

    There’s more! Keep watching this blog, The Genealogy Center’s website, our social media outlets and Genealogy Gems to learn times and days for various activities.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Start a Family History Journey -- This Summer!

    Thursday, May 07, 2015

    Congratulations! You’re on the road of family discovery, wanting to learn more about those that came before you. Maybe you have already started be trying Ancestry, or talking to relatives or maybe you are just curious about the paths you can take through the family trees. The Genealogy Center wants to help you navigate your journey with a series for the beginner – or for those who want to make sure they have the process well in hand. These 90-minute classes will be on the last Saturday of each month, June through September, so join us each month to find the route to your roots.

    The first session is “Beginning Your Family History Exploration” on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 10:00A in Meeting Room A. Discover the basics of gathering information from your living relatives and family sources, and the importance of organization in the research process. A brief overview of what records you may discover in your search, and how they may be used to further your family story. We will also introduce you to Ancestry’s census collection and how to use it as a springboard to other records. Finally, take a tour of The Genealogy Center to familiarize yourself with what you can find.

    Next up on Saturday July 25, 2015 is “Beyond Just Starting,” at 9:30A in Meeting Room C. Learn how to verify the information you find, and the importance of documenting what you find and where you found it. Discover how to harvest as much information as possible from various records. We will also show you how to use the free FamilySearch website, and provide a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s licensed databases.

    The series will continue on Saturday August 29, 2015 and Saturday September 26, 2015, with “Following Up With More Records” and “Beginners Guide to Genealogical Software.” Mark your calendars now to attend!

    To register for these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send an email

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Celebrate Juneteenth

    Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015

    On Friday, June 19, 2015, Dr. Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University, will present “When Freedom Came: Emancipation and the Question of Timing” addressing the issue of how we identify the arrival of African American freedom.  As Dr. Medford explains:

    Every schoolboy and girl knows that on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation declaring that all enslaved people in the states (or parts thereof) still in rebellion "are and henceforward shall be free." What happened after that is contested ground. We know that enslaved people experienced emancipation at myriad times and in myriad ways. Some were freed immediately; others were not freed until they exercised agency and fled the plantations; the vast majority awaited the arrival of federal military personnel. Even within certain states that had been visited by Union forces, knowledge of the proclamation did not reach all enslaved inhabitants swiftly or in any uniform way. How, then, do we determine the proper date to celebrate African-American freedom? My talk will consider the case for January 1, the date of the Emancipation Proclamation; June 19, or Juneteenth; and December 6, the date the requisite number of states ratified the Thirteenth Amendment.

    Dr. Medford teaches courses on African American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and nineteenth-century America at Howard University. She is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on African Americans in the Civil War. Dr. Medford is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum and a recipient of a 2009 bicentennial edition of the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois for her study of the Lincoln and the Civil War era.

    Click for more information. Join us on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Theater!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Participate in "A Day in Allen County!"

    Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! On Friday, May 1, 2015, take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day? These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community, so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a description you would like put with the picture. If it’s happening in the twenty-four hours of May 1st, it’s worth capturing!

    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info

    Twitter #DayinAllenCo2015

    Upload pictures at www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter

    Instagram @GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • April 26th to May 2nd: Pass It On -- Through Photography!

    Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

    The American Library Association’s “Pass It On” Preservation Week will be highlighted in The Genealogy Center with a focus on photography. What better way to pass along personal, family, organizational or community history than in photographs! The Genealogy Center has a great week planned, with sessions that discuss how to take better photos, organizing and scrapbooking, posting pictures on social media, and historical photographers in Fort Wayne. And a highlight of the week is “A Day In Allen County,” a chance for everyone to contribute images of the events that take place in a single day (Friday, May 1st) to ACPL’s Community Album. Attend the sessions, take photographs, and Pass It On!

    Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1 p.m., Meeting Room A: "Photographers and Photography of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1843-1930" by John Beatty.

    Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A: “How to Look at Your Photographs, Analyze & Organize” by Kay Spears.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A: “Scrapbooking Your Photographs” by Sara Allen. 

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A: “Taking Better Photographs” by Bob Albertson.

    Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Meeting Room A: “Preserving Photos on Social Media & in the Cloud” by Dawne Slater.

    Friday, May 1, 2015: A Day in Allen County – Picture sharing event.

    Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Meeting Rooms B & C: A Preservation and Care of Photographs Discussion.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for May!

    Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015

    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 May 7th and Thursday May 28th, from 2PM to 4PM, in The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, 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!

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in April!

    Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

    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, April 7, 2015 and Thursday, April 16, 2015. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, 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, 2:00PM to 4:00PM on Tuesday April 7 and Thursday April 16.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discover Your Female Ancestors for Women's History Month

    Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

    Female ancestors are difficult to uncover because they are "hidden" within records. Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us locate them. Join Melissa Tennant on Tuesday March 17th and discover how to search records and locate your female ancestors. This class is 3PM to 4PM in Meeting Room A. For more information, see the brochure. To register for the free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Exploring Some Unique African American Resources in The Genealogy Center

    Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

    On Monday, February 23, 2015, join Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center Manager, in Meeting Room C at 6:30pm as he offers a look at The Center’s “African American Gateway,” the online collection of “African American Historical Newspapers,” the growing collection of home-going programs online, and the “Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive” database. These databases can help you expand your efforts into new avenues of research! For more information, see Celebrating Black History Month. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for this free event!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness - Genealogy Style: March 1 Thru 7, 2015

    Sunday, Feb 15, 2015

    Now that our WinterTech series is over, and spring is right around the corner, it’s time to rebound into your research with March Madness, Genealogy Style. Hear about the life of basketball great, John Wooden at the History Center, then join The Genealogy Center staff and friends for some back-to-basics research essentials!

    Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2 p.m., The History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Ft. Wayne, Indiana – “Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden,” by Barbara Olenyik Morrow.

    Monday, March 2, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Colonial Southern Overview: What You Need to Know Before You Start Your Research,” by Delia Bourne.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Genealogical Research in Colonial New England," by John Beatty.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Using Clues in the 1880 Census to Solve Earlier Research Challenges,” by Cynthia Thuesch.

    Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Finding Family in Pre-1850 Census Records and Census Substitutes,” by Sara Allen.

    Friday, March 6, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “We All Deserve a Second Chance! Taking another Look at the Early Records in Our Files,” by Dawne Slater.

    Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “History and Records of Indiana's ‘Gore,’” by Tina Lyons.

    To register for any of these free programs, call 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info. For more information, see the March Madness, Genealogy Style brochure.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • 82nd Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage - February 14, 2015

    Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

    In 1932, the Abraham Lincoln, The Hoosier Youth statue, depicting Abraham Lincoln as a young man in Indiana, was installed outside the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne. Two years later, in recognition of Lincoln’s embodiment of the loyalty, kindness, and other qualities in the Boy Scout Oath, area Boy Scouts took their first Lincoln Pilgrimage to the site and honored Lincoln with a wreath-laying and ceremony.  That idea, connecting the Boy Scouts to the qualities that made Lincoln great, spread to other groups, and Lincoln-related statues, sites, and memorials across the country now host Boy Scouts on their own annual pilgrimages.  In Fort Wayne, the tradition lives on.

    February 14, 2015, will mark the 82nd Annual Boy Scout Lincoln Pilgrimage in Fort Wayne. There will be a ceremony and wreath-laying at the Lincoln on the Prairie sculpture in The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, followed by a full day of events.  Participants will hear a speech by Lincoln presenter Murray Cox, interact with Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors, tour the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, participate in Lincoln Log-building contests, and more!

    The program will run from 10A to 2P, with registration beginning at 9A.  An optional screening of the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln will follow the program at 2:15P in the Main Library Theater. 

    For more information and to register, visit the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy
    Scouts
    . Registration closes on Monday, February 9, 2015.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • All Aboard for the Catalog Tour!

    Friday, Jan 09, 2015

    Next week, two members of The Genealogy Center team will take you on a tour of our book catalog! Aaron Smith, Assistant Manager for the Genealogy Materials Handling Unit, and Melissa Tennant, Assistant Manager for Public Services invite you to join them and learn how to make the most of your searching experience, to locate materials in the collection and online, and to find ways to create your own lists to help you do both! Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for this free event.

    Join them in Meeting Room A, at at 3PM on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to learn how to navigate the catalog!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • WinterTech in January

    Saturday, Jan 03, 2015

    Our WinterTech series, designed to aid you in expanding your research knowledge through the busy winter months, continues in January with a “Catalog Tour” on Wednesday, January 10, 2015. The Genealogy Center continues refining our catalog to make your search for materials more intuitive and achieve better results. Join Aaron Smith, Genealogy Center Assistant Manager/Materials Handling Unit, and Melissa Tennant, Genealogy Center Assistant Manager/Public Services, as they show you how to make the most of your search experience, to locate materials in the collection and online, and to find ways to create your own lists to help you do both! This class will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. And stay in The Genealogy Center until 6:30 p.m., when you can come back to Meeting Room A for the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meeting, when Curt Sylvester will present “Telling Your Own Story.”
     
    WinterTech will conclude on Wednesday February 11, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., when Delia Bourne will discuss “Linkpendium & Mocavo: Using Free Genealogy-Specific Search Engines.” Mark your calendar to take advantage of these classes, and call or email us to register!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for January

    Sunday, Dec 28, 2014

    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. Appointments are available on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day, here in The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, 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!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • WinterTech for December

    Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

     Our WinterTech series continues in December with “Google It! Using Google Maps, Google Earth and More.” John Beatty and Dawne Slater-Putt will take a look at a number of ways one can use Google map products to discover more of one’s family history story. Join them in Meeting Room A, on Wednesday December 10, 2014, 3PM to 4PM. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop, Parts 1 & 2, November 3 and 10, 2014

    Friday, Oct 31, 2014

    Learn the basics of Adobe Elements. Discover how to restore images of old photographs using techniques similar to those in Adobe Photoshop. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their own family photographs on a flash drive for hands-on instruction in applying what they have learned to their photos.

    This is a two part series. Come for the first class two-hour class on November 3rd, practice at home, then return with your questions for the second part on November 10th. Space is limited, registration required. To register, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. Both sessions will be held in the Computer Classroom, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    For more information, see the brochure.







    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours - Friday October 31st

    Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

    To celebrate the end of another great Family History Month, The Genealogy Center is again offering Extended Research Hours on Halloween, Friday, October 31st. You know you've always wanted to stay to research after everyone else leaves! So stay until Midnight to research and celebrate.

    As an added bones this year. we are also offering are three mini-programs:
     6:30 p.m. - How to Use the FamilySearch Wiki
     7:30 p.m. - Using WeRelate to Post Your Family Tree to the Internet
     8:30 p.m. - A Brief Tour of the U.S. GenWeb.

     Note: No preregistration is necessary, but you must be in The Center by 6 p.m. You may leave any time, but there is no re-admittance. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for more information.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Researching in the Great Lakes Area

    Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

    Do you have ancestors who passed though or lived in Indiana or one of the states that surround it? The Genealogy Center is presenting a week's worth of events with your Great Lakes area research in mind:

    Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Curt Witcher
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Finding Records in the States You’re Researching."

    Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Delia Bourne
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Kentucky"

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Sara Allen
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Tracking Your Illinois Ancestors"

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Curt Witcher
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Hunting Ancestors in the Hoosier
    State"

    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Cynthia Theusch
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Michigan"

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00am to 11:00am, Meeting Room A
    Dawne Slater-Putt
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Ohio"

    For more information, see the Family History Month brochure. To register for any of these sessions, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Archives Tours in Fort Wayne

    Sunday, Oct 12, 2014

    For Family History Month, The Genealogy Center is organizing an Archives Tour encompassing several locations in Fort Wayne that you might like to visit or in which to research. These tours will help you break the ice, seeing what each repository might have for you, how you might best access the information, and in general, just to see inside these fascinating places without having to have a really good reason.

    The fun starts on Wednesday, October 15th, at the Walther Library on the grounds of Concordia Theological Seminary. Archivist Robert Smith will be our guide. Be at 6600 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, at 2:00pm to take the tour. Park on the south side of the gym.

    Thursday, October 16th will find us at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, where archivist Walter Font will show us some of the treasures of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. The tour starts at 2:00pm.

    We will be back in the Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, on Friday, October 17th, touring the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Archivists Jane Gastineau and Adriana Maynard will show us some really interesting Lincoln material starting at 2:00pm.

    And we are out and about again on Saturday, October 18th, as we visit the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Archives. Archivist Janice Cantrell will start at 11:00am at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, 915 South Clinton Street, Fort Wayne.

    For more information, see the Family History Month brochure.

    Attendance at all of these are limited to the first 30 who register. To register for any or all of these free tours, call 260-421-1225 or send  us an email. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see these treasure troves!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Be a Storyteller!

    Monday, Sep 29, 2014

    by Delia

    I just had a customer regale me with a story! Since I don't have permission, I can't share it here, but suffice it to say that it involved a woman, her soldier husband and a state governor. It was a short tale, but very amusing. I'm lucky that I get to hear so many family tales.

    I was reminded that my father, who was 55 years of when I was born, told and re-told numerous stories while I was growing up. These stories were related so many times that I can repeat them with my father's verbiage and inflections. I've tried to pass many of them along to my own daughter and I hope to tell my grandchildren, too, maybe even adding a  few anecdotes of my own.

    We family historians are the keepers of the family stories, but so often we relegate ourselves to being the keepers of the family statistics: who, what, when and where, without bothering to add the why or how. There are more to our stories than just the facts, ma'm, and we need to tell the tales as well as the data.

    To get you in the mood, join us Wednesday evening, October 1st, for An Evening of Storytelling for a selection of inspiring stories and music. The evening starts at 7:00pm in the Theater of the Main Library. Don't miss this great event!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center