by Melissa

Thanks to the continued efforts of Fort Wayne community volunteer and resident, Marsha Smiley, The Genealogy Center currently has 1597 African-American memorial cards comprising 6184 images available on the Memorial Card section of the Marsha Smiley Collection. The memorial cards not only provide information on the deceased individual but also on other family members. Some include obituaries. Some of the cards in the collection are for individuals who were not Allen County residents, but who had family in the area such as Wilma Louise Embry of Richmond, Indiana. Her memorial card featured family photos and her birth registration which listed her maiden name as Turley. To access these wonderful materials, visit the African-American Resources section of the Allen County, Indiana Resources page in the Free Databases section of The Genealogy Center website.