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  • 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

  • Lincoln at the Library: The Gettysburg Address: 150 Years Later

    Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

    The final program in the 2013 Lincoln at the Library Series will be presented on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Meeting Rooms A-B at 2:00 p.m. The program, “The Gettysburg Address: 150 Years Later,” will be presented by Sara Vaughn Gabbard.

    President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the best-known speeches in American history. Lincoln delivered his address on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. Edward Everett delivered a two-hour oration before Lincoln's three minutes of dedicatory remarks, yet it is Lincoln's words that are remembered. Come to this engaging program to learn why that is.

    Sara Vaughn Gabbard is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc. She is the editor of the acclaimed Lincoln Lore and has co-edited three works about Lincoln for the Southern Illinois University Press—1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year; Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment; and Lincoln’s America, 1809-1865—with a fourth book to be published in 2015. She is also co-editor of the Concise Lincoln Library for the SIU Press and is widely recognized in the field of Lincoln scholarship.

    Make plans today to attend this free event on Sunday, November 10, 2013, in Meeting Rooms A-B at 2 PM!

    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

  • Discover Ancestors on Columbus Day!

    Thursday, Oct 10, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like all agencies of the Allen County Public Library, will be open regular hours on Monday October 14, 2013 on the observance of Columbus Day.

    A holiday to honor Christopher Columbus, the Genoa native who "sailed the ocean blue" in 1492 has always been a contentious notion. In the 1800s, many Americans were opposed to the idea because of its significance to immigrants, especially Italians, and Catholics. In the Twentieth Century, awareness of the effect of European settlement on the native peoples had a negative influence on the popularity of honoring Columbus.

    October 12th became a national holiday in 1934, and in 1970, the observance was shifted to the second Monday in October. But even now, not all states observe the holiday as Columbus Day, but rather as alternative holidays.

    All Federal offices, many state and local government offices and schools will be closed as usual, but the library will be open! So come on in and make your own discoveries!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Finds and Tips for Brick Walls!

    Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013

    Do you have brick walls holding you back in your research? Would you like a few new ideas for tackling those pesky road blocks? Want to hear how others have circumvented their obstructions? Come to the monthly gathering of the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 6:30 PM, in Meeting Room B. Members will discuss new genealogical finds, as well as research brick walls, what's  available and what avenues can help you overcome barriers in your research.

    Non-members welcome! Bring your finds and your brick walls!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • This Week for Family History Month

    Sunday, Oct 06, 2013

    Family History Month continues on Monday, October 7th, at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A, when Cynthia Theusch will talk about School Records, how they may be useful in your research and how to find them. And then on Tuesday, October 8th, Delia Bourne will be Introducing the New PERSI, in Meeting Room A at 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday evening, October 9th, the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will hold their monthly meeting in Meeting Room C at 6:30 p.m., featuring Debbie Muntz on Research by Reading Abstracts. Non-members are welcome to attend.

    The African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne will welcome all to their meeting on Thursday October 10th, in Meeting Room B for a lecture of African American genealogy.

    On Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A, John Beatty will discuss Mapping Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, illustrating how the early maps of the region can aid genealogists and historians.

    For more information about any of these programs, see the Family History Month brochure, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email. Take advantage of as any of these educational opportunities as possible!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preserve Your Bible Records

    Monday, Sep 30, 2013

    The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a Preserve Your Bible Records Project that will preserve the family stories that reside within these pages. As part of their records preservation project, the DAR will copy, scan, and transcribe the family information recorded in Family Bibles so that it will be available for future generations. These images and transcriptions will be bound into a book published by the DAR and available for research within The Genealogy Center. If interested in participating in this project, please bring your Family Bibles to The Genealogy Center on Wednesday, October 2nd, and Saturday, October 5th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with the DAR.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • This Week's Family History Month Offerings

    Sunday, Sep 29, 2013

    Curt Witcher, Manager of The Genealogy Center, kicks off Family History Month on Tuesday October 1st, at 2 p.m., in Meeting Room A with “What Am I To Do With This?!” A Basic Preservation Presentation on Caring for Family Treasures, concerning the basic best-practices regarding repairing, storing, and sharing family treasures.

    Wednesday, October 2rd is Daughters of the American Revolution Day, with the ladies of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter in The Genealogy Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to offer assistance to those interested in membership. At the same time, they are also hosting their Preserve Your Bible Records Project, for which you may bring in family Bible records for them to scan, then transcribe.

    On Thursday, October 3rd, Delia Bourne will Introduce the New PERSI, at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A, and on Friday, October 4th, Cynthia Theusch will explain Using Interlibrary Loan to Enhance Your Research, in Meeting Room A at 10 a.m.

    Saturday, October 5th, Margery Graham of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will host Beginning Genealogy, a workshop for beginning family historians. For more information, see the Registration form. Plus the DAR will be back on Saturday with another session of their Preserve Your Bible Records Project in The Genealogy Center.

    The week finishes on Sunday, October 6th, with Sara Allen providing an Introduction to DNA for Genealogy, in Meeting Room A at 1 p.m.

    For more information about any of these classes, see the brochure, and to register for any of these events except Beginning Genealogy, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. There's a lot of good information just waiting!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • It's Almost Time for Family History Month

    Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

    For many years, The Genealogy Center has made a point of offering some family history event every day during the month of October to celebrate Family History Month.But this year, we have a number of days with additional events to supplement your research skills! This year's offerings include classes on technology and databases, immigration, locality based searching, research methodology for beginning and advanced family historians, consultations, and extended research hours. For a calendar and more information about the sessions, please see the Family History Month brochure!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed September 27th!

    Monday, Sep 23, 2013

    On Friday, September 27, 2013, The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed for Staff Development Day. While we will miss our customers, we look forward to the opportunity to learn about new sources, sharpen our skills, and a chance to touch base with colleagues from other departments and branches. We will reopen with our regular hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, September 28th. Join us then!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New York Neighborhoods: The 18th Century

    Friday, Sep 20, 2013

    by John

    Sometimes a new book comes into The Genealogy Center that commands our attention on account of the novelty of its thesis or because it breaks convention with its approach to a particular subject. One such title was added to our collection this week, and while it is not “new” by its publication date, it does represent a wonderful new addition to our collection.

    The book is New York City Neighborhoods: The 18th Century by Nan Rothschild (San Diego: Academic Press Inc., 1990) GC 974.702 N422rn. What makes it wonderful is its interdisciplinary approach to local history, employing a paradigm that is refreshingly different and even groundbreaking. It weaves together historical writing with ethnography, archaeology, cartography, urbanization, and architecture, giving us an unusual glimpse into the rise of New York City neighborhoods in the eighteenth century. Beginning with a detailed study of Manhattan at a grassroots level from the beginning of the eighteenth century, when there was still a strong Dutch cultural influence, it carries us to the period after the Revolution, when New York had become transformed into a modern urbanized setting stratified by economics and restructured by many new arrivals that had diluted the former Dutch colony.

    Rothschild’s thesis is this: “Early in the century, clusters of people that shared an ethnic identity lived and worked near each other. They spoke the same language, had a cultural heritage in common, and worshipped at the same church, but worked in a variety of occupations and lived at different economic levels. By the end of the century, after the Revolution, many of these early ethnically defined groups had dispersed, and people lived instead among those with similar occupations and levels of wealth.”

    She argues further that by 1790, powerful landowners had begun to exert influence on residential choices and together with new groups of immigrants and free blacks, shifted the spatial clustering of households and altered a larger pattern of how the city functioned. In support of her thesis, she uses a variety of tools, including archaeological studies of house foundations and animal bones found at the sites of taverns and markets, historical maps, and lists of residents from 1703 and 1789, all of which document this transformation.

    What does this have to do with genealogy? In short, everything. The lists of residents derive from the 1703 and 1789 tax assessment rolls of Manhattan in the Municipal Archives of the City of New York. Like census records, they include the resident’s name, tax rank (by number) street of residence, occupation, job class (by code), ward, and religion. Keys to the codes are provided at the end of both lists. In addition to some reprinted historical maps, a variety of new ones are included throughout the work showing the locations of churches, taverns, markets, and the distribution of ethnic groups by neighborhood and street.

    We learn, for example, that in 1703, the Dutch were found widely in all wards but were concentrated heavily in the North Ward, while few English and Huguenots lived there. The English dominated the East Ward, especially on Queen Street, and in the Dock Ward, and were drawn to Trinity Church. Huguenots also frequented the East, Dock, and South Wards, and many lived close to the Dutch Reform Church. By 1789, Dutch- and English-descended residents were evenly dispersed through all the wards. Scots were spread through the East and Montgomerie wards, Germans lived primarily in the North Ward, Jews in the Dock and East wards, and free blacks almost entirely in the Montgomerie Ward. In other chapters Rothschild correlates the wards and ethnic groups by occupation, and she even studies specific varieties animal bones from archaeological sites to determine what kinds of fowl and fish people ate.

    Even beyond these lists and the amazing array of sources, what makes the book instructive is its highly localized approach to the study of urbanization. By focusing on neighborhoods and using an integrative approach, Rothschild almost puts the reader onto the streets of New York in the eighteenth century, and she reconstructs those worlds in a way that a more generalized history of New York does not. She goes on to say, “The analytic method used here can be applied to any community where the appropriate documentation exists …The research presented is also of concern to many urban scholars, namely, how do people really live in the city? What are their lives like? What kinds of strategies do they use in adapting to the great numbers of these people, most of whom they do not know?”

    These are the same sorts of questions genealogists should ask about their ancestors. As many professional genealogists will tell us, research is all about location, about connecting ancestors to the communities and neighborhoods around them. We do this not only to find associates and possible relatives of our immediate family (which may give us clues of earlier connections), but we should also do it to write more accurate and engaging family histories.

    While New York remains among the best documented places in the United States and offers a wealth of material for any local historian, Rothschild’s book challenges scholars everywhere to take similar multi-disciplinary approaches in more communities. The problem is that many places do not have the treasure of archaeological and textual sources to do them. But where the sources are extant and the interest exists, the possibility for more studies like this one abounds. And for genealogists, that would truly be wonderful.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • My Birth Certificate is Not Online (And Neither is Yours)

    Monday, Sep 16, 2013

    by Sara

    Birth records can be found in many forms, but birth certificates remain the most restricted to genealogists. A living person’s birth certificate will not be posted online, unless that person or another family member has scanned it and made it available online. And we recommend that you do not post your birth certificate on the Internet, even on websites like Facebook, Ancestry trees or elsewhere, due to the high risk of identity theft. Hospitals, doctors, government officials, and businesses are prohibited from publishing full birth certificates for the living online because of privacy laws.

    If you need to order a copy of your own birth certificate, you must contact (in person, by telephone or mail) either the official state vital records office or the county health department in the state or county where you were born. You may also order a copy online via the Better Business Bureau accredited website, Vitalchek. Each state has differing laws, but generally speaking, the person named on the certificate, his/her parents, other close relatives, or his legal representative are the only persons authorized to request a copy of a living person’s birth certificate. Adopted persons seeking copies of their original birth certificate should consult our guide to Adoption Research for more information on how to begin their search.

    For deceased individuals, privacy laws vary from state to state concerning who can access historical birth certificates. In Indiana, the law states that anyone can request the birth certificate for a person who was born 75 or more years ago and is now deceased (with proof of death provided). Only close relatives or legal representatives can request birth certificates for deceased persons born less than 75 years ago. Keep in mind that some states did not start issuing birth certificates until the early twentieth century; so if you are seeking birth records from the nineteenth century and earlier, you may need to look at other sources such as church records as alternatives. To learn more about state laws regarding birth record availability, consult a reference book such as Ancestry’s Red Book or Handybook for Genealogists, or the Where to Write for Vital Records website from the Centers for Disease Control.

    Other sources of historical birth records include online databases, compiled books, and microtext in local libraries. A few states have begun posting historical birth certificates from the late 1800s and early 1900s online on genealogical websites such as Ancestry or FamilySearch, but Indiana is not one of those states. Other states such as California, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas have released indexes to birth records for individuals born up to and including the 1990s, which would include living persons. These indexes are available on Ancestry or FamilySearch as well. They often provide limited information abstracted from the original birth certificate, such as the child’s name, date of birth and birth location, but they do not include all the information from a full birth certificate. The Genealogy Center has many print, online, and microtext indexes to historical birth records from a variety of states. We also have copies of most Allen County, Indiana birth records from 1887 to 1920, and Fort Wayne birth records from 1882 to 1920 on microtext.

    Caution should be exercised when attempting to order copies of birth certificates over the Internet. Many websites claim to offer “birth records” in exchange for a large fee, but actually will send you reports compiled from telephone directories and voter registration databases, instead of the official birth certificates. Do not fall for this false advertising and do not pay such sites any money unless you know exactly what you are getting in return. Only order birth certificates from a reputable source, such as from the state vital records office or county health department, following the links on the Where to Write for Vital Records website, or using the VitalChek website.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Sources Aid School Research

    Thursday, Sep 12, 2013

    by Delia

    It's September, and children (grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends) are back in school. Most of us don't think that the sources we use on a daily basis provide any assistance to students unless they actually have a course on family history. But a number of sources with which we are familiar could prove to be very useful to young, non-family historians.

    One great source is The Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Since we at The Genealogy Center produce it, I tend to be a bit more familiar than most with this wonderful source. Many years ago, one of my nieces was working on a long term American history project. PERSI provided numerous citations to articles of interest. My niece wrote a great paper and the teacher was very impressed with the variety of unusual sources.

    For students studying state history, the older state and county histories and atlases available at The Genealogy Center, and online at Internet Archive and Family History Books, can also provide uncommon sources for research.

    Volumes of history and experiences by ethnic groups or someone in military service can also add substance to a historical project. Letters, diaries and reminiscences provide color to the paper, but also provides a greater learning experience to the student. Books and websites of photos and newspaper accounts, which may be available online, are useful as well.

    So this year, when a student you know begins research for a school project, from elementary school to graduate school, suggest some sources from your repertoire that will provide unusual resources to the student, and it just may spark an interest in someone in the next generation in historical research.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Jumping Off Points: Getting the Most Out of a Single Record

    Monday, Sep 09, 2013

    It’s all too easy to take basic information from a record without examining what it has to reveal beyond the obvious. Attendees will witness the dissection of a death record to experience where it can lead the researcher beyond the decedent’s date and place of death.

    Part of the Family History Fundamentals series.

    Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:00AM-11:00AM.

    Meeting Room A.

    Instructor: Dawne Slater-Putt.

    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Beyond the Basics Two-day Mini-Course, October 11 & 12, 2013

    Friday, Sep 06, 2013

    Interested in moving beyond beginning genealogy sources? Need a refresher of a few of the more advanced sources and techniques? Here's your chance. Margery Graham and Steve Myers are offering Beyond the Basics, a two-day mini-course on Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12, 2013! The classes will include probate, land, tax, church and military records, problem solving and guidance in getting your ancestor back across the Atlantic, along with assisted research and personal consultations from Marge and Steve, who have more than 70 years of research experience between them.

    9 AM to 4 PM, Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, 2013.

    Meeting Rooms A&B, Main Library, Allen County Public Library.

    For course description and registration form, see the brochure.

    Space is limited. Register soon to avoid disappointment!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Public Member Trees on

    Thursday, Sep 05, 2013

    Public Member Trees are one of the most popular yet also most maligned features of Hear how Public Member Trees can really help you. For users of the library's version, you will see tools for evaluating the trees and what to look for as red flags when the evidence seems inconsistent. For Ancestry subscribers, you will discover specific ways of adding value to the Trees, making them more useful for all users.

    Part of the Beyond Ancestry's Leaves & Branches series.

    Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:00PM-3:00PM.

    Meeting Room A.

    Instructor: John Beatty.

    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Occupational Thoughts for Labor Day

    Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

    by John

    It is Labor Day weekend, and while for many it is a time to mark the end of summer vacations, the holiday was originally instituted in 1894 to celebrate the contributions of American workers. For us genealogists, it seems to be a fitting time to think about the occupations of our ancestors. How did each of them earn a living, what knowledge and skills did they need to perform their work, and how did their occupation place them into the context of the time and place in which they lived? These are great questions to ask as we research and write our family histories.

    I suspect that for most of our ancestors, especially before the Civil War, farming or some variation of farm labor dominated their lives, since America was overwhelmingly agricultural. However, even in rural areas, there were small shop keepers, millers, doctors, carpenters, and a variety of other skilled tradesmen. The federal censuses since 1850 listed the occupation of the respondent, and these can be extremely useful in documenting our ancestors' work, though sometimes a worker will be listed only as "laborer" without any additional detail. City directories will sometimes list the names of employers and can be useful, especially if we have urban ancestors working in factories or performing a particular skill.

    Several books in our collection offer detailed descriptions of various occupations. In 1939, the U.S. Department of Labor compiled a "Dictionary of Occupational Titles," (973 D5636) which included detailed descriptions of various Depression-era trades. At more than 1,000 pages, the dictionary is surprisingly varied in its scope.

    For earlier occupations, many of which may be archaic to a modern ear, there are several other useful dictionaries. Barbara Jean Evans's book, "A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians" (929.03 Ev15aa), lists many unusual occupations, such as "tabellarius" for record keeper and "lacewoman" for ladies maid. Paul Drake's "What Did They Mean By That: A Dictionary of Historical Terms for Genealogists" (929 D78w) is also an excellent source with many occupational descriptions. For the eighteenth century and earlier, Richard Lederer's "Colonial American English" (973.2 Aa1L) is an especially useful source for archaic occupations. German researchers will often find occupations included in parish registers, and Ernest Thode's "German-English Genealogical Dictionary" (929 T35g) remains an essential reference tool.

    So this Labor Day, let's remember our worker ancestors and envision performing their jobs. Whether they were plowing a field or hammering on an anvil near a forge, preaching in a pulpit or selling goods in a store, their legacy of work helped to shape each one of us.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Conference Week at The Genealogy Center

    Friday, Aug 23, 2013

    by Delia

    Time and date: Monday August 19, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.: The Genealogy Center looks great! Everything is on order, no books or microfilm left to shelve. The copiers are all full of paper and working perfectly, and the Allen County Public Library's IT Services have installed an extra bank of computers. The months of planning and hard work have made us ready. It's like when you plan a party at your house, and the happiness you feel just before the first guest arrives. For us, it's the week of the Federation of Genealogical Societies "Journey Through Generations" Conference and we open our doors to more than 1500 guests!

    So now it's Friday. It's an understatement to say it's been a busy week for staff and volunteers of The Genealogy Center. The Conference has finished with Librarian's Day on Tuesday, Society Day on Wednesday, and on Thursday, with the Exhibits Opening and a fabulous Keynote Session with Richard Aquila speaking about the origins of Rock 'n' Roll. He discussed its reflection of culture of the time, and the importance of understanding the culture in which one's ancestors lived. Other great sessions, workshops and luncheons, along with the opportunity to share experiences with other genealogists, have made this a wonderful experience.

    Of course, most of the staff and many volunteers of The Genealogy Center haven't been able to take advantage of the full experience because we are also providing research opportunities, even adding a total of eighteen extra research hours to our regular schedule so that conference attendees would not have to skip sessions to exploring collection. During sessions, the crowds thin out as everyone is busy learning over at the Grand Wayne Center. But during breaks, and especially before and after sessions, The Genealogy Center is packed. There are books waiting to be shelved that will probably have to wait until next week. We've had to call the copier repairman (and thanks to him that he came so quickly!), and IT Services have responded to our cries for help, but it's all good. I think people are having a good time here and at the Conference.

    The one type of question that I've gotten the most (besides directions to the restrooms!) is along the lines of "are you exhausted" and "I'll bet you'll be glad when this is over." Well, yes, I am tired, and I sleep very well these nights. But once I begin to interact with our visitors, listening and answering questions, trying to solve problems, the energy of the researchers and the conference attendees re-energizes me and I'm not tired anymore. Several staff members don't spend much time at the Convention Center, being needed to anchor The Center, but we still feel part of the activities.

    And will we be glad when it's over? Well, you couldn't host a party every day, staff and volunteers probably couldn't sustain the energy levels indefinitely. But there will be a tremendous sadness when it's over. These conferences are a great deal of work, but they also provide a high level of enjoyment for us, too. We enjoy the questions. We like the fact that everyone is so happy to be here. We love the breakthroughs and trying to find new possibilities of research.

    We still have the rest of today and the Special Event tonight in the Great Hall of the Allen County Public Library,  Saturday's sessions luncheons and workshops, and the Farewell Brunch on Sunday morning, so we, and you, have lots of fun left, but I wanted to provide an answer to questions about how we feel. We feel great!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013

    Saturday, Aug 17, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like all of the Allen County Public Library agencies, will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day. We will be open our regular hours on Saturday, August 31st, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Tuesday, September 3rd, 9 AM to 9 PM.

    Starting the Sunday after Labor Day, September 8th, we begin Sunday hours, 12 noon to 5 PM.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center