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  • New Family Resources

    Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016

    A few new Family Resources have appeared on our Free Databases lately!

    Genealogical Research of Tyler Calhoun, Jr., Ida Calhoun Burritt, and Ida Calhoun Scott begins with Hugh Calhoun, born at sea in route to the United States in 1789. He and his family lived in York County, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Ohio, and Wabash County, Indiana and continues through seventeen generations with approximately two thousand individuals.

    The William Adelbert Craker Diaries covers family and neighbors in Leelanau County, Michigan from 1919 to 1952, concentrating on daily activities and neighbors’ lives and deaths.
     
    Our Parks Family in America: Joseph and Ruth Parks of East Tennessee and Their Descendants is available through the generosity of Janet Bliss Parks, and includes photos, an every name index as well as a general index of churches, cemeteries, companies, geographic places and  more.
     
    Rhodes Family History was generously donated by Robin Rhodes and includes Rhodes, Ayres, Weiss, Patterson, McDuffie, Stallard, Williams, Teeter, Robinson Nellans, Hibray, Clifton, Percell, Weaver, Rutledge, Richards families. One can read through the various sections or do a search by first or last name, birth, christening, death or burial place, or spouse’s name.
     
    Treece and Related Families includes 40 years of research by Mary Lou Treece Cless special emphasis on the Treece family. It also concentrates on the surnames Place, Hicks, Coleman, French, Thrapp, Patee, Pattee, Riggenbach, and Blunier.

    Lastly is an update to Michael Clegg’s Kincaid Family File. We thank all of these researchers and authors for their contributions.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New in Our Military Heritage

    Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

    We have a number of new records on Our Military Heritage to share with you.

    Dennis McClurg has transcribed the Civil War letters of Sgt. Isaac McFadden. McFadden was born in 1834 in Ohio, but moved with his family to Wabash County, Indiana, where he attended school with Samuel Ferguson and his sister, Martha. Isaac was living in St. Louis and courting Martha through the mail, though she was also interested in other young men, when Isaac and Samuel joined the 101st Indiana Infantry. Isaac was with Samuel when the latter died of disease in 1863. A few months later, Isaac died at Chickamauga and is buried in Chattanooga. During this time, the letters Isaac sent to Martha were detailed, illustrating a soldier’s life and mentions mutual acquaintances. This database includes both scans of the original letters and transcriptions for Isaac’s letters to Martha and others. Thanks to Dennis McClurg for this fabulous source.
     
    Born in Ireland in 1873, Michael Joseph O’Brien joined his brother in America in 1896, and joined the Ninth U.S. Infantry later that same year. He served in the Spanish American War in Cuba, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion in China, and later in the Texas-Mexican border conflict. He left the Ninth to become a first lieutenant during World War I. Michael Joseph O'Brien of Bartoose, Ireland and Sackets Harbor, New York: an Irish Immigrant's Odyssey tells Michael’s story and was donated to us by the author Stephan P. Clarke, who had generously allowed us to post it.
     
    Stephen Clarke has also allowed us to post his work about his uncle, Paul S. Grieb with the 709th Tank Battalion in World War II. This item includes a biography of Paul Grieb, along with a calendar of movements of the 709th Tank Battalion and its activities, notes about the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, and other documents Grieb collected during the war.
     
    We Too Were There: Company C, 353rd Infantry is a company history written by Sgt. Ralph Brach and illustrated by Captain Clarence Hughes. It is a history of the company written shortly after the war and includes memorial and awards list and a directory of all of the unit members.

    We also have the autobiographical work The Unique Navy Career of Sheldon H. Hine, Lt. Comdr., U.S.N.R. 1942-1948. This Fort Wayne resident worked with the Special Devices Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics and his story is fascinating.World War II

    Last but not least is the file that contains George V. Myers’ World War II discharge papers and oral interview. Myers, of Michigan, served in the 353rd Infantry and served in Europe and Africa as a military Policeman. Take a bit of time and have a listen!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Starting the Collection: Two Great Hoosiers!

    Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

    by Delia

    People are already sending photos for the Who’s a Hoosier? Who and What Makes Indiana Great Bicentennial Image Collection. This one comes from Kevin Roe of Fort Wayne. Kevin has lived most of his life in Fort Wayne. Some of us here in The Genealogy Center knew him as an Allen County Public Library Page-turned Clerk-turned Librarian in the 1970s and 1980s as he worked his way through college and graduate school, then began his career. He’s now with Fort Wayne Community Schools, but keeps in touch with us. Kevin is sending a number of family and group photos, but this one shows Kevin (a great Hoosier) with Santa in 1963, when Kevin was 3½ years old.

    This Santa is Phil Steigerwald, the famous Wolf & Dessauer Santa Claus. Born in 1927 to Phil E. and Vera Hurst Steigerwald, Phil began his Santa career in 1943, when he was still in high school. In the mid-1950s, his service became a profession at the Sears Store on Rudisill. He became Wolf & Dessauer’s Santa several years later and remained there until W&D closed in 1979. Along the way, he was a realtor and a Fort Wayne City Council member from 1963 to 1971. Phil died in 2004, but his legacy lives with the many children who still treasure their pictures with Santa.

    Join us in defining Who's a Hoosier? Who and What Makes Indiana Great by submitting images for the collection!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Brethren Additions to Our Free Databases

    Monday, Dec 14, 2015

    It is a wonder how one person's contributions to our Free Databases can expand research possibilities! The following material has all been donated for your use here by one generous researcher.

    The Four Mile Church was the first Church of the Brethren (German Baptist) in Indiana. It was 1809 and the area was known as “The Gore.” The Upper Four Mile Church was in Wayne County, and the Lower Four Mile Church was in Franklin County, but when Union County was formed in 1821, both churches were in that county. Four Mile Church, 200th Anniversary discusses the history of the church with brief family histories of members, along with many photos, and a map showing the locations of early Brethren Churches in Indiana.

    Virginia Colony: History and Record of the Early Families and Times of the Four Mile Church of the Brethren is a history of the church and area, along with family histories and a name index to this material. Together, these two items provide  a wonderful history of the church and its people.
     
    The Frontier Brethren provides a study of the early migration of the Brethren to Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. It contains historical and biographical material, as well as a map of Brethren churches in Kentucky, and southern Indiana and Ohio.
     
    Southern Ohio, Highland and Adams County Churches also deals with Brethren churches, this time on Ohio. A history of the Church in that region is accompanied by an index of Dunkard families listed in the 1820 and 1830 census of the area.
     
    Obannon Baptist Brethren Church book deals with the Brethren who came to Ohio in the 1790s, and provides a history and information on the families.  
     
    All of these were generously provided by Merle Rummel and all can be searched using the search feature on each home page.

    The last item, also provided by Mr. Rummel, is Brethren Migration Roads, a PowerPoint file that is not searchable, but contain 264 images that include maps and photographs of the trails as they exist now and images of what might have existed when our ancestors traversed these routes. Whether your ancestors were Brethren or not, this final selection is a wonderful resource.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family and Military Records

    Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015

    Our Free Databases keep expanding, this time with some new family materials and a couple of military records.

    Eleanor Wallace of Fort Wayne submitted several items of Family Resources. Pragoff Progenitors: Gorin Line, Franklin Extensions, Bowman Extensions and
    Pragoff Progenitors: Pragoff Line, Plasket Extensions, Chambers Extensions. These two items delve deeply into the various connecting branches of her Pragoff family.

    Loretta Luce Evans donated Luse Family Reunion Book: Record of the Minutes and Doings of the Reunions of the Children Cousins of Serenus B. Luse. It includes images of the Reunion ledger from 1893 to 1905 and 1915, as well as pages of family records, an index and notes of the accuracy of some of the entries.

    We also have the World War I Discharge paper of Harold Frary, of the Hoboken Casual Company #246 and Company F of the 316th Engineers. He left the United States in July 1918 and returned in March 1919.
     
    Alexander Morris was born in New York in 1889 and, after his parents died, he and his siblings were placed in an orphan asylum. When it closed, he transferred to a Catholic Reform School, then later, to a better orphan home where he studied music for the first time. He joined the Navy in 1907 and served for the next 47 years until retirement, then died in 1962. His career in the Navy was as a musician and bandmaster. His Peacetime & Multiple Engagements details his career through the first half of the Twentieth Century and is a fascinating read about a young man who worked hard and achieved success.

    The last item is the Butler-McDonald-Mazanec Photograph Collection. All of the information we have is the three family names associated with it, and the few notes attached to the photos. It is like looking though a family scrapbook, with formal portraits and snapshots, postcards of locations important to the family, photographs of gravestones and Christmas cards. Take a stroll through the pictures and enjoy!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More New Free Databases

    Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

    We have a nice potpourri of new church and cemetery listings in our Free Databases for you to enjoy, staring with Marriage Surname Index to Maryland German Church Records and supplied by compiler Dale W. Morrow. This is a marriage index for the counties of Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Washington in Frederick Weiser's Maryland German Church Records.
     
    Joann Wasson supplied “If This Plot Had Ears: The Stories of the Old Liberty Cemetery,” of Hardin County, Illinois. This 30-page document details the restoration of this cemetery and brief biographies of those who are known to be buried there.
     
    Rhonda Stoffer, Head of Indiana History and Genealogy Services at the Marion Public Library, and a local Grant County customer, James Campbell made the Corey's Cemetery Map, Van Buren Township, Grant County, Indiana. One can click anywhere on the map to view an enlargement of that section, and a brief history of the cemetery is on the image.
     
    Finally, we have a Lutheran Bible Institute, Minneapolis photo, dated February 11, 1941. The photograph is scanned in such a way that you can click on a section to view the attendees more closely. We have no names associated with the photo, so if you recognize anyone, please let us know.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Resources Online

    Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

    There are some new or expanded Allen County items available for use online!

    At one time, Bass Foundry was one of Fort Wayne’s largest employers, with more than a thousand employees. Among other product lines, the Foundry made boilers for railroads, businesses and homes. Bass Steel Heating Boilers is a six-page brochure showing photos and descriptions of some of the products available for residential use.
     
    The North Side Yearbook Index is now complete from 1929 to 1024, with more than 187,000 entries and has an updated the search page.

    We now have issues of Wayne High School’s newspaper “The Dispatch,” “The Wayne Dispatch,” or “The Wayne High School Dispatch,” from 1971-1991.

    And, finally, The Allen County Courthouse was an architectural gem when it opened in 1902, with statues, murals and stained glass, but the next ninety years took their toll. In 1994, Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, Inc. began a project to restore and preserve the building, which was completed in 2002. The Genealogy Center now has 792 images of this restoration available through our ContentDM link. The photographs are divided into sections: Circuit Court, First Floor, Second Floor, Superior Court OneSuperior Court Three, and Third Floor. Treat yourself to some browsing today!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Our Military Heritage Celebrates with Additional Military Records

    Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015

    In honor of Veteran's Day, we want to share news of some recent additions to Our Military Heritage from three conflicts, starting with the Civil War pension file of Samuel Rose of the 22nd Iowa, who died in St. James Hospital in New Orleans on September 28, 1863 of chronic diarrhea, leaving a wife and three children. The file includes affidavits on his service, death and needs of the family, including the dates of birth for all three children and the date and place of death for his widow in 1895.
     
    For the Spanish-American War, we have digital of the Official Souvenir of Michigan Volunteers of ’98, published by G.F. Sterling Company in Detroit. The document includes muster rolls for the 31st through 35 regiments of Michigan volunteers and naval reserves, as well as a chronology of events and photographs of companies, groups and individuals. Accompanying the document is an every name and key word index.
     
    Finally, we have the World War II collection of John Perry. Perrey served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 and recounts his service activities, and includes images of his honorable discharge and other documents, photographs and the souvenir booklet of the Third Graduating Class of the U.S. Naval Radio School (1944).

    Thanks to the donors who allow us to share these items with you.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Family Resources!

    Saturday, Nov 07, 2015

    Thanks to our wonderful contributors, additions to our Family Resources database continue to be posted to our Free Databases site.

    Jane Thompson Kuitems has allowed us to post Benjamin Thompson, an Early Settler of Penfield, New York and Samuel Thompson and Grizzil Ingalls of Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Both are name and keyword searchable and both are filled with detail and richly documented.

    Ewing Family File, published by The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding and available through The Genealogy Center, indexes the almost 6500 individuals in the Ewing Family Association & Related Materials that we have had on our site. Using this index, one may search by name, or select an advanced search and locate a person by birth, christening, death or burial dates or places, or by spouse’s name.
     
    And, finally, Brian Paul Kaess has sent corrections to Notes on the Kaess Family, which has been added to what he had already submitted.
     
    Our thanks for these donations!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Abstracts of Title, Allen County, Indiana

    Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015

    At this time, when a piece of property exchanges hands, a title search company researches the deed, looking for any legal impediments to clear title of the property. These impediments include any legal action in which the current or past owners may have been involves, such as law suits, probate cases and liens on the property. But in the past, an abstract of the title, detailing the history of the property to that point, was passed with the deed to the new owners or mortgage holders. In the past thirty years, these abstracts have fallen out of use. Some owners still passed them along, but the new owners may not have understood the significance of the abstract which many ended up in the attic, or worse, in the trash. Many of these have been donated to The Genealogy Center in the past and can be found through our catalog and can be found by searching on “Allen County Indiana” plus abstract plus the addition or location, such as Elzey’s.

    However, the most recent donations, consisting of 43 from all across the county, have been scanned and are available online under Abstracts of Title, Allen County, Indiana. There is no index to the names contained in them at the time, but can be located by addition name, section and or lot number. If you are searching for a property in an addition for which we have an abstract, much of the earlier information will be identical from one abstract to another. For example, there is one for Walden Addition that consists of more than 100 pages and includes details of the exchange of property from the beginning to the 1970s, including law suits, probate and inheritance details and a petition to widen Trier Road. If you are doing family history on any of the families involved in these properties or doing house research in any of these additions, these are an important source. If you have an abstract gathering dust at home, please remember that we would be happy to add it to our collection!



    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free databases for Allen County Research

    Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015

    We have some additions of Fort Wayne interest to our Free Databases page that we’d like to share with you.

    Local high school yearbooks continue to be of great popularity. The usual visitors are people wanting to see high school photos showing mom and dad with funny hair and clothes, but yearbooks are also of great interest to those organizing high school reunions, seeking old friends and distant relatives. There is also an interest in the photos of those who died during military service. Sometimes, these high school yearbooks provide the only photo of the person. Indices for three more years of North Side High School Yearbook Index, completing the index from the opening of the school through 1984.

    The Huntertown Historical Society has allowed us to digitize and post their Family Files. The best way to access the material is to browse by surname and read the short family histories that have been compiled.
     
    The last item is the Allen County pioneer, Jesse Vermilyea Estate Inventory. This 1847 handwritten document lists the property of his extensive estate, including livestock, furniture, farm equipment, crops, personal items and a clock valued at $3. Truly, a fascinating look at mid-19th century Allen County.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources Online

    Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015

    We have several new family sources on our Free Databases that you might want to explore.

    The first is “From Pendleton Hall to Fremont: The Ancestors and Descendants of Julia A. Beckwith” by David Sprunk. This volume provides information on the family in medieval England, colonial Connecticut, and then to New York. A fine bibliography and an every name index completes this volume. 

    “An Introductory History of the York Co. Pa. & Seneca Co. Ohio Deckers,” also by David Sprunk, follows the Decker family from The Netherlands to Ohio, and includes DNA information and Decker Family of Ohio reunion minutes from the mid-20th century, as well as two indexes.

    “The Descendants of Thomas Carter,” by Terry L. and Carolyn Shumaker, details this family from 16th century England to modern day, including stories of hardship and success.
     
    Margaret Rowe McCarthy has allowed us to post her “The Gasperini-Pedo Family of Dickinson & Iron Counties,” which follows the family as it came the Trentino region to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
     
    William Lee Mercker complied “Henry & Mary,” about the Henry Mercker-Mary Catherine Witcher family of Indiana, which is filled with facts and reminiscences.

    And Brian Paul Kaess has allowed two of his volumes to be posted “Notes on the Kaess Family (2016)”, which includes Dawson, Schwartz, Golz and other families, and “Kaess Ochiltree Swartz Family History," which also includes the Leach, Haller, Gibboney, Baldwin and Major families, among others.

    All of these files can be searched by keyword or name, and all are copyrighted, and specific permission from the authors is necessary for re-publishing, reprinting, or in any other way disseminating these works. We greatly appreciate all of these authors allowing us to share this information with you!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Additions to Our Free Databases

    Sunday, Sep 20, 2015

    We are fortunate to be able to present a couple of new sources on our Free Indiana Databases.

    The first is a Franklin County Landowners Map for 1858, brought to us by John J. Newman of Brookville. The Franklin County historian, staff from the Franklin County Public Library District, and the Franklin County Recorder's office indexed the 2982 landowners. The landowner index provides township and section number. View the entire county on the overview map, and click on the area you’d like to view in more detail. Or you can view an entire township, or browse through to see enlarged sections of each map. Do take a few minutes to read Mr. Newman’s excellent introduction to the map, in which he provides information on the map, how to use the index, and the history of wall plat maps.

    The second item is a History of the Regulators of Northern Indiana, which was donated by Rita Lehner and Dalonda Young. In newly developing areas, miscreants abounded who took advantage of white settlers and Native Americans alike. Regulators were private citizens who formed groups to capture and prosecute criminals. This 67-page booklet provides a history of regulators in northern Indiana, a transcription of the 1852 legislative act that allowed the formation of regulator companies, a list of the companies and the number of members each boasted, and accounts of meetings, arrests, confessions and executions. This is a fascinating view of early Indiana’s history.
     
    Take a few minutes to examine these unique items!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Homegoing Programs!

    Saturday, Sep 05, 2015

    Although Marsha Smiley is known for her many activities in Fort Wayne and Allen County (active member of the African/African American Historical Society & Museum board of directors, member of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society governing board, and tireless volunteer serving at-risk and underprivileged youth and promoting literacy), she has also been instrumental in creating the Marsha Smiley African-American Collection: Memorials, an online collection of homegoing programs from our community. This collection now holds more than 2200 memorials containing 8500 images of biography and photos. One may either search by name, or browse through the collection. Some memorials are only one page, but some stretch for eight or more pages. Most have photographs of the deceased, and are heartwarming to read, such as that of Willie (Billie) Mae Kemp, who died in 1999. Below the photo of her smiling face on the cover if the statement that “God loves you and so do I,” a wonderful reminder to those left behind. Take a few minutes to explore this wonderful collection.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Databases for Illinois, Ohio ... and Texas!

    Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015

    An amazing variety of material has been posted to our Free Databases recently, starting with Aurora, Illinois Illustrated, and 1890 promotional book. Typical of the type, the book includes information about railroad facilities, city officials, utilities and schools. 
     
    The Blue Creek (Paulding County, Ohio) Alumni Association index lists more than 1200 alumni from 1900 to 1971 in alphabetical order, listing the school and year graduated.

    T. Bradford Willis, DDS, of Waco, Texas has given permission for us to post his indexes to the 1875 and 1882 volumes of McLennan County, Texas physicians, which, for each physician lists where he or she received training, when graduated and other registration notes.

    And from the collection of John Barbabas Horton, the digital image of a personal letter from Charles Alonzo Horton of Vermilion, Ohio to his wife and son describing the disastrous storm which killed approximately 155 sailors on Lake Huron in November 1913. The letter is accompanied by family information on the writer and his descendants’ involvement in Great Lakes shipping.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More for Our Military Heritage!

    Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

    Some great new records have been added to Our Military Heritage!

    Offerings from the Civil War include the Jacob Treace pension, which include affidavits, marriage records and a medical history of Jacob.  James C. Leighty allowed us to post his biography of John Washington Leighty during the war, which includes a nice bibliography of his sources. And Albert Sisson has allowed us to post his copyrighted work on wartime activities of three family members, Francis Marion Sisson, Jacob Gould and Orin Gould, including family information before and after the war.
     
    We also have posted the Spanish-American War Log Book of the USS Badger by John W. Klinger, 1899, which includes a description of the ship, roster, log, programs, a page illustrating signal flags and a fascinating declination chart.

    Finally, we have three new American Veteran video  interviews with Dave Jones, about his experiences in the Army in Vietnam, Gary Becker, a Vietnam War Paratrooper and Ted Blanford on his service in Afghanistan and Iraq. These are wonderful additions to American, and Fort Wayne, history!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • National Archives Finding Aids Online

    Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

    It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited us or checked our Microtext Catalog, but we have quite a bit of National Archives microfilm. We have all federal census from 1790 to 1930 and all Soundex or Miracode films, of course, Freedmen’s Bureau records, major passenger lists, Native American material, and a great deal of military records, but we do not have everything that is available on microfilm from the National Archives and Records Serivice (NARA). For example, we don’t have "A3405: Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio, 1952-1974" or "A3423: Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes Arriving at Brownsville, Texas, January 1943-September 1964." Would you even know that these items existed?

    And what if you wanted to know about the people who were nominated for positions with the Customs office in Port Townsend, Washington? Would you know that NARA produced "Nominations: Letters From the Collector of Customs at Port Townsend, Washington, to the Secretary of the Treasury, 1865-1910” on microfilm? Would you know to check "M217: Attorney Rolls of the Supreme Court of the United States" for to see if an attorney had been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court?

    The Genealogy Center is in the process of scanning all of the National Archives and Records Service Microfilm Publication Guides to help you know what treasures might be available from the National Archives that The Genealogy Center does not own. Each guide tells how many rolls of microfilm are in the set, a brief history of the event surrounding the set, how the set is arranged and what is included.

    Of course, these guides are also helpful for learning about a set that The Genealogy Center does own. For example, The Center owns "Series M4: Letter Book of the Creek Trading House 1795-1816." The guide tells me that it is a single roll of microfilm, containing handwritten copies of letters sent by the agent of the trading house for the Creek Indians. It explains that Congress was in charge of regulating trade with the various Native American tribes, and that each trading house was in the charge of an agent with the authority to direct commerce in that area, and that skins, furs and other goods were shipped and sold. The Creek Trading House was in Georgia, and the guide also names the various agents, or factors, and the years they were in charge before it was sold to the Creeks. The guide also identifies related records that might be useful to researchers.

    There are already more than 500 of these guides available off of The Genealogy Center’s home page. Click on “Pathfinders” them go to “National Archives Finding Aids” to explore these great resources.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Material in Our Free Databases

    Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

    New material has been added to our Allen County Resources, some as additions to existing databases and some completely new material.

    One of our most popular databases, Allen County, Indiana and Area Obituary Index, now provides coverage through July 31, 2015 and includes more than 18,000 death event citations for area residents.

    More than 5,000 entries have been added to the Allen County Marriages, early 1980s to 2009, bringing that total to more than 67,000 records.

    We’ve been collecting Allen County Business Histories and now have thirteen available (B & B Loan Company, Casa Restaurant Group, Coney Island, D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes, Ellison Bakery, F. McConnell and Sons, Fox and Fox, Hartman Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Kelley Automotive, Milan Center Feed & Grain, The Oyster Bar, Poorman's Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vera Bradley). If you know of a company that would like their history included, please have them contact us.

    And, finally, indexes for the North Side High School yearbooks 1969-1980 have been posted, adding more that 37,000 new records to an index that totals 126,292 entries.

    Take a few minutes to search these new offerings!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources Added

    Monday, Aug 10, 2015

    Some great family resources have been added to our Free Databases recently for you to access.

    History of Descendants of John D. Boyle and History and Descendants of Edmund Hobart were found among the papers of Barbara Jane Rinehart Boyle by her daughter, complier by Martha B. Fraze. Admittedly undocumented, they are representative of family tradition type of history and extremely useful as starting points for research.
     
    Descendants of Andreas Hagenbuch, ca. 1715-1785 is another short family history, covering the family into the 1880s, but this one is well documented with extensive footnotes.

    Kloman Connections II by Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace is more than 200 pages of information on various families connected to the Kloman family. Each family section ends with its own notes and bibliography, and the volume is keyword/name searchable.
     
    The Johnson-Greer family Bible is the record of the Clarence-Arthur Johnson-Sallie Charlotte Greer family covering 1859-2009. This file includes the images of the pages as well as a transcription of the information.

    The Willhite Family Records contains the family charts and handwritten notes of Howard E. Willhite of Brookville, Indiana, which he compiled in the 1970s and sent to Anita Willhite Fisher.
     
    Family births of the Betts, Bingham, Burrows and Page Family, mainly of Greene, Chenanago County, New York, are listed in the Tennyson Birthday Book, donated by Jacquelyn Ruttinger of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The volume is a day by day calendar with quotations from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s works on the left side, and space for a diary or notes by date on the right. The original owner, perhaps Eddie Bingham, noted the birth dates of family members in 1893, adding names and dates well into the 20th Century.

    All of these items are great examples of the types of material that other family historians share with us each day. What might you have to share!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Evangelical Messenger Obituaries Indexed!

    Sunday, Jul 26, 2015

    One of the most popular of our Free Databases is the Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index, and recently another year, 1944, has been added to this collection. Thanks to the efforts of distant volunteer Anne Dallas Budd, there are 190,775 entries. The "Evangelical Messenger" was the English-language, weekly denominational publication associated with The Evangelical Church, and served a community of subscribers across many states. From this website, you can search for names, or browse through a chronological list of deaths. And remember, contact us with a list of obituary copies you’d like to obtain, provide your mailing address and, within a couple of weeks, we will send copies along with a bill for $2.50 per obituary. Check the index today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center