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  • Digital Discoveries for July

    Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014

    The third part of The Genealogy Center's "Digital Discoveries" concentrates on "Discovering FamilySearch." Dawne Slater-Putt will guide you on a tour of the new and improved FamilySearch.org. She will discuss what the site has to offer, and tips for searching its historical databases, catalog and other prominent features. Make plans today to attend on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, from 3PM to 4PM in Meeting Room A.

    Future sessions will include “Discovering PERSI,” on August 13, and “Discovering Newspaper Databases,” on September 10. For more information, see the brochure. To register for any of these free events, send an email or call 260-421-1225.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More One-on-One Consultations!

    Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

    The Genealogy Center will offer two afternoons of Consultations with a staff member to try to help you break down a brick wall or to just to just gain a greater understanding of some aspect of research. Sessions will be offered in 30-minute blocks, on Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday August 9th, from 2pm to 4pm in The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment. Indicate that you are requesting a Consultation, and provide information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and you will be contacted with a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, contact us soon to take advantage of this offer!


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  • Discover Your Family Stories at Senior Circle

    Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014

    Seniors who stay active and productive often have longer and happier lives. The Lutheran Health Network is offering Senior Circle 50+ Health and Activity Expo on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 9A to 3P at the Ash Center, 1701 Freeman Street, Fort Wayne. They will offer free and low cost health screenings, demonstrations of various activities (golfing, painting, and more), and at 11:30, our own Curt Witcher, The Genealogy Center Manager, will present "Discovering Your Family Stories." Family stories can be the origin of an interest in family history, as well as the culmination of years of research. Whether one is just beginning to delve into one's ancestry or has devoted long hours of digging, sharing family stories is one of the most pleasurable aspects. For more information, call 260-425-3087 or visit Lutheran Health Net Expo. Make plans now to attend!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discover Ancestry!

    Sunday, Jun 01, 2014

    There you are, watching television, and a commercial for Ancestry.com comes on. Someone just types in a name. All sorts of information and all manner of connections appear, and suddenly, they know all about a grandfather’s World War I service. But when you go online, it may not seem so simple.

    On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, as part of our "Digital Discoveries" series, Delia Bourne will present Discovering Ancestry. She will demonstrate search techniques that will make your searches much more successful. Attend this free class, Meeting Room A, from 3P to 4P. To register, call 260-421-1225 or email us. See what Ancestry has to offer!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln's Boyhood in Indiana

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    He was born in Kentucky and started his professional life in Illinois, but Abraham Lincoln spent his boyhood, 1816 to 1830,  in Indiana. Learn more about these years in Lincoln's life on Wednesday, May 21st, when William Bartelt will present the 2014 Rolland Lecture "Recollections of Lincoln's Youth in Indiana," in Meeting Room A at 7 PM. Bartelt is the author of 'There I grew up': Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008) and is a recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Hoosier Historian Award for contribution to historical scholarship. He is currently president-elect of the Evansville Museum, a trustee of the Indiana Historical Society, a member of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, a Director of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a member of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana board of directors, and past president of the Newburgh Museum Foundation. The lecture will be preceded by a brief Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana.

    The program is free and open to the public. Join us on Wednesday evening to learn more about Lincoln in Indiana!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week: Pass It On!

    Saturday, Apr 26, 2014

    Sunday starts the American Library Association's Preservation Week. This year, The Genealogy Center's focus is not only on preservation of artifacts, but also your family's stories and events. 

    The week starts on Sunday, April 27, with Heirloom Succession Planning, presented by Amy Beatty, C.E.S., G.P.P.A. She will show you how to create an accurate cataloging and historical system of your family’s personal property as an addendum or supplement to a will, helping to recognize items in terms of sentimental rather than financial value, while preserving family history. The session starts at 1 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    On Monday, April 28, Curt Witcher will present ‘To Infinity and Beyond:’ Ensuring Our Family Histories Live Well Beyond Our Years. He will focus on how to organize and prepare one’s paper archive for deposit in a library or archive as well as how to ensure that digitized materials in cloud storage spaces are successfully handed-off to interested parties or institutions. The fun starts at 2 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    John Beatty follows that on Tuesday, April 29 with Archives 101: Organizing and Preserving the Heirloom Paper in Your Life, to offer guidance on how to preserve and arrange those precious documents so that they can be kept safe for today and passed down to the future. Be there, 2 PM, Meeting Room A.
     
    You've worked with paper, now what about the digital material that you have? On Wednesday, April 30, Sara Allen will offer Archives 102: Organizing the Bytes in Your Life. This class will offer advice on how to get all of that precious data on your hard drive, USB and phone safe and in order for when you need it. Buzz on in at 2 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    We're really excited about An Evening of Storytelling on Thursday, May 1.
    Telling the stories in our lives is not only a great way to engage people in learning their about their families and ancestors, it is a terrific way to “pass it on.” Several members of the area community will show us how easy it is, and , we hope, inspire you to participate  at a later date. The show starts at 6:30 PM in Meeting Rooms A&B.
     
    On Friday, May 2, Mari Hardacre will be Using iMovie to Capture Family Memories. Sh will show you how to use the iMovie app for Apple mobile devices to take photos and videos and edit them into short movies to share with family and friends. Please bring your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running the latest operating system (iOS 7) and download the iMovie app (cost $4.99) before the workshop, if possible. (Please call 260-421-1225 in advance to let her know your model and operating system.) She'll get you plugged in at 2 PM in Meeting Room A. 
     
    Then on Saturday, May3, Cynthia Theusch will present Up in Lights: Your Family History on Screen. Why not create a special video that can be saved to a DVD and distributed to family members? Even non-genealogists and children will enjoy watching your family story and learning about their family’s past. The action will start at 10 AM in the Globe Room.

    So make some time this week to preserve your heritage, and Pass It On!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discovering Your Female Ancestor: April 9!

    Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014

    Researching female ancestors can be difficult. Women usually lost their birth surnames when they married, and were often only referred as "Mrs. Husband's Name." Women couldn't vote until the 1920s, and usually were not naturalized. But there are many "hidden" sources that can assist you in understanding the laws and situations that affected whether or not she might be named in various documents and other clues that will be shared with you when Melissa Shimkus presents "Discovering Your Female Ancestors" at the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Meeting on Wednesday, April 9th, at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A. The Society welcomes guests, so join them and Melissa for this informative and entertaining session!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week, April 27th to May 3rd: Pass It On!

    Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

    This year's American Library Association Preservation Week’s theme is “Pass It On,” which devotes an entire week to the care and preservation of documents, artifacts and information. To celebrate Preservation Week, The Genealogy Center is offering a week of events designed to capture, preserve and disseminate the information and heirlooms of your family. Classes are:

    *Sunday, April 27, 1-2 p.m., Meeting Room A.
    “Heirloom Succession Planning” – Amy Beatty, C.E.S., G.P.P.A.

    *Monday, April 28, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room A.
    “‘To Infinity and Beyond:’ Ensuring Our Family Histories Live Well Beyond Our Years” – Curt Witcher

    *Tuesday, April 29, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room A.
    “Archives 101: Organizing and Preserving the Heirloom Paper in Your Life” – John D. Beatty

    *Wednesday, April 30, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room A.
    “Archives 102: Organizing the Bytes in Your Life” – Dawne Slater-Putt

    *Thursday, May 1, 6:30-8 p.m., Meeting Rooms A & B.
    “An Evening of Storytelling”

    *Friday, May 2, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room A.
    “Using iMovie to Capture Family Memories” – Mari Hardacre

    *Saturday, May 3, 10-11 a.m., Globe Room
    “Up in Lights: Your Family History on Screen” – Cynthia Theusch

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Genealogical Society Conference Here on April 5th!

    Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014

    Residents of Indiana and surrounding states have a unique opportunity in less than a month to hear nationally-known genealogical lecturer J. Mark Lowe, CG*, present here at the Allen County Public Library. Mark will give four lectures at the Indiana Genealogical Society Conference on Saturday, April 5.

    Mark is a Board-certified genealogist from Robertson County, Tennessee, who works full time as a researcher, author and lecturer. He did research and was featured on camera in the hit genealogy program “Who Do You Think You Are? and has also worked on the television programs “African American Lives 2” and “UnXplained Events.” He is an engaging and popular speaker and very knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics. His presentations for this conference will be:

    • Pioneers of the Frontier: Using Online Newspaper to Find Early Settlers
    • Quick, Complete and Accurate: Document Analysis for Researchers
    • Finding Freedmen Marriage Records
    • Out on a Limb: Trapped by Bad Research

    A second track of lectures for the day is technology-based and will feature:

    • Apps and Programs for Genealogy, by The Genealogy Center librarian and IGS Recording Secretary Dawne Slater-Putt, CG*
    • Cousin Bait: Using the Internet to Reel in Family Treasures, by IGS Vice President Tina Lyons
    • Preserving Your Family History in Print and Online, by Indiana Genealogist editor Rachel Popma
    • Scanning, Digitizing and Records Preservation: High Tech Results on a Low Tech Budget, by IGS Publications Committee Chair Diana Biddle

    The cost is for the day is $30 for IGS members and $40 for non-members. Interested individuals may register online at http://www.indgensoc.org/conference.php, or print the form and mail it to the society.

    *“CG” & “Certified Genealogist” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, and are used by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • It's Time for March Madness, Genealogy Style

    Sunday, Mar 09, 2014

    Every year, The Genealogy Center celebrates spring with March Madness, Genealogy Style. This year, we are offering a full week of Skill Building sessions to aid researchers who are just starting, those who need to start in a new direction, and anyone who may feel the need of a refresher. Classes include:
    • Sunday, March 16, 1pm-2pm., Meeting Room A. “Starting, or Starting Again: Having Fun Finding Family” – Curt Witcher
    • Monday March 17, 2pm-3pm, Meeting Room A. “What's So Vital About Vital Records?” – Delia Bourne
    • Tuesday, March 18, 2pm-3pm, Meeting Room A. “Tallying the Census: Counting Down Its Uses” – Melissa Shimkus
    • Wednesday, March 19, 10am-11am, Meeting Room A. “Using Tax Records in Genealogical Research” – John Beatty
    • Thursday, March 20, 10am-11am, Meeting Room A.“Read All About It! Historical Newspapers for Your Research” – Delia Bourne
    • Friday, March 21, 10am-11am, Meeting Room A. “More than a Prayer: A Look at the Records of American Churches” – Curt Witcher
    • Saturday, March 22, 10am-11am, Meeting Room A. “Breaking Down Ancestral Brick Walls” – Sara Allen
    For session descriptions, see the brochure. To register for any of these free classes, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email. Join us to build your knowledge, your skill and your success!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Finding the Women in Your (Ancestors') Lives

    Friday, Mar 07, 2014

    As part of The Genealogy Center's Celebrating Women's History Month, Melissa Shimkus is presenting "Finding Her: Our Female Ancestor," on Thursday, March 13th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, in Meeting Room A. She will discuss how our female ancestor may have interacted within her community, and how to use that interaction to locate more information about her. Although this is a stand-alone presentation, it can be considered as the first of a two-part series on researching women in our ancestry. The second part, which is also a stand-alone presentation, is "Discovering Your Female Ancestors," to be presented at the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana monthly meeting, April 9th, in Meeting Room A at 7:00pm. This presentation will focus on how understanding a woman's legal standing can lead to locating the female whether or not she is named in a document. The public is invited to attend the ACGSI meeting and hear Melissa as she shows you how to expand your search to find Her.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Celebrating Women's History

    Thursday, Mar 06, 2014

    In honor of Women's History Month, The Genealogy Center is offering a series of talks to help us find our sometimes-hidden female ancestors, learn about a special group of women pioneers, and learn about one special Fort Wayne native who impacted the world!

    Starting on Thursday, March 13th, Melissa Shimkus will present "Finding Her: Our Female Ancestor," followed on Friday, March 14th, when Cynthia Theusch will focus on "The Harvey Girls." And on Saturday, March 15th, Dr. Victoria Houseman will examine the life and work of "Edith Hamilton, Citizen of Fort Wayne, Citizen of Athens." All three of these free presentations will be from 2:00-3:00 PM, in Meeting Room A. For more information, see the Celebrating Women's History brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • A Handful of Treats

    Saturday, Dec 28, 2013

    Our WinterTech series continues on January 8, 2014, when Delia Bourne will share some 'Net Treats, databases and information sites available for free on the Internet, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Meeting Room C. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    After this event, stay for the monthly meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana at 6:30 PM.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More One-on-One Consultations Available

    Saturday, Dec 14, 2013

    Have a brick wall in your family history research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your genealogy? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 2 PM to 4 PM, and on Thursday, February 13, 2014, also from 2 PM to 4 PM. 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

  • Researching Indiana Digital Collections

    Monday, Dec 09, 2013

    Don't forget to join us on Wednesday, December 11th, 2:30-3:30 p.m., for our next WinterTech program, "Researching Indiana Digital Collections." If researching family who migrated or resided in the Hoosier state, then this overview of online collections is essential. And plan to make it a full day at The Genealogy Center by staying for the monthly meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m.

    Call 260-421-1225 or email to register for this program. Click to learn more about our WinterTech offerings for January and February 2014.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Gettysburg 150 Years Later

    Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013

    From “Four score and seven years ago…” to “…shall not perish from the earth” Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contained many phrases that ring through time. Lincoln was not the featured speaker that day, but his short speech of November 18, 1863 is the one that is recalled by Americans today.

    This Sunday, November 10, Sara Vaughn Gabbard, Director of the Friends of The Lincoln Collection of Indiana, will discuss “The Gettysburg Address 150 Years Later,” focusing on how his words still resonate today. In the speech, Lincoln said, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here,” but the truth is that the words and phrases still speak to Americans today.

    Join us Sunday, November 10th, at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room A & B, in celebration of this this important event in history.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More One-on-One Consultations!

    Saturday, Nov 02, 2013

    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. The available appointments are on Thursday, November 7th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Thursday, December 5th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 pm. 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

  • Family History Month - The Last Week!

    Monday, Oct 28, 2013

    Monday starts our last few days of Family History Month with Cynthia telling us about "Finding Research Facilities Using the Internet," at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 28th in Meeting Room A.

    Melissa will guide us in "Telling Our Story," on Tuesday, October 29th, at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room A. Oral history is a great way to begin research, and is suitable for all ages.

    Big city problems? Sara will help in "Beginning Chicago Research," on Wednesday, October 30th at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room A. remember that techniques learned about Chicago may also be applicable to other large metropolitan areas.

    To wrap up Family History Month on Thursday, October 31st at 10 AM in Meeting Room A, Dawne will share the woes for researchers with "Murphy's Law Applied to Genealogy."

    For more information about these events, see the brochure.

    Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for any of these free classes.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Extended Research Hours Highlight Family History Month This Week!

    Sunday, Oct 20, 2013

    This week starts with Tech Talk II on Monday afternoon, October 21st at 2 PM in The Genealogy Center. Delia will provide an in depth look at using and printing from microfilm and microfiche.

    On Tuesday October 22nd, Dawne will discuss the problems of researching people who may, or may not, be the "Same Name, Same Person?" at 2 PM, in Meeting Room A, and John will cover "Allen County in Print," on Wednesday October 23 at 2 PM in Meeting Room A.

    Curt will advise about "Helping Our Families Tell the Stories of Their Lives: Basics of Interviewing," on Thursday October 24th, at 10 Am in Meeting Room A.

    Friday October 25th offers a double header with Kay providing the "Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop" from 10 AM to 3 PM (with a one hour break for lunch) in the Computer Classroom. You can still register for this workshop, but space is limited, so register soon.

    Then our Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours begin at 6 PM. You will be able to stay to research and visit with other genealogists after the rest of the library closes, just be here by 6 PM!

    On Saturday, October 26th, Melissa will guide us to "Overlooked Records for Hurdling the Census Chasm," at 10 AM in Meeting Room A, and the weekend wraps up on Sunday October 27th with Dawne providing instruction on "Making the Best Use of Citations & Notes," at 1 PM in Meeting Room A.

    For additional information, see the Family History Month brochure.

    To register for any of these free sessions, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Events This Week!

    Sunday, Oct 13, 2013

    Monday October 14th begins the week with the crackle of electricity as "Tech Talk I" provides a hands-on demonstration on using the copier/scanners and the digital sender at 2:00 p.m. in The Genealogy Center. At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th, Kay Spears will show you "How to Look at Your Photographs, Analyze & Organize," in Meeting Room A.

    On Wednesday, October 16th, John Beatty will tell you about "Writing Your Family History." This 90-minute session starts at 2:00 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Stay the afternoon and attend the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana's Computer Interest Group Meeting at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room B.

    Thursday, October 17th has Melissa Shimkus providing a "Gateway to Your Pre-20th Century Immigrant," at 10:00 a.m., in Meeting Room A, and on Friday, October 18th, Sara Allen will discuss "Finding Your Ancestral Homeland," in Meeting Room A at 10:00 a.m.

    On Saturday, October 19th, at 10:00 a.m., we will offer a "Tour of The Genealogy Center," and on Sunday, October 20th, Delia Bourne will discuss "The New PERSI" at 1 p.m., in Meeting Room A.

    For more information about any of these free classes, please see the Family History Month brochure. To register for any of these classes, send an Email, or call 260-421-1225. Don't let these great opportunities pass you by!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center