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  • Frequestly Asked Questions at Our Ask Desk - Books

    Thursday, Sep 17, 2015

    By Dawne

    The Genealogy Center
    has thousands and thousands of books. Many of these are indexes to or abstracts of records found in courthouses, churches, cemetery offices, and other locations. How can you best use these resources and where can they lead you? Here are some FAQs and answers that might give you some ideas.

    •    "I found an index to deeds. What do the numbers 6: 413 mean next to my ancestor’s name?"

    Typically, two numbers separated by a colon in a record index book refer to volume or book and page number, although you will want to look at the prefatory material in the specific book to be certain. In the fictional example above, the most likely answer is that the deed will appear in the county courthouse deed volume number 6, on page 413.

    •    "I found a county death record index that includes my ancestor. Do you have the records? If not, where are they?"

    The answer to the first question is “maybe.” County governments nearly always retain their original record volumes, so if The Genealogy Center does have the records, they will be copies on microfilm or microfiche. You can find out if The Center has them by checking the State Records section of the Microtext Catalog, which is the second option under the Databases>Free Databases drop-down menu on our website. If you find that we do not have the records you need, you can request copies from the county courthouse in the county where the event took place, or check the Family History Library (FHL) catalog at to see if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has microfilmed copies of the records that you can borrow for $7.50 per roll and use at your closest Family History Center or affiliate library. Also, the FHL is in the process of digitizing and making available many of its microfilmed records, so when you check the catalog, you might be lucky enough to find that images of the records appear online at FamilySearch..

    •    "I found reference in a book to a manuscript collection that might have information on my ancestor. Do you have those manuscripts here? If not, where can they be found?"

    The Genealogy Center does not maintain a collection of manuscripts – any personal genealogy files, letters, and other papers that are donated to The Center are either preservation photocopied, bound, catalogued, and put on our shelves, or scanned and made available digitally on our website. The Center does have a number of books that describe manuscript collections held at other libraries and archives. Check the front part of the book that mentions the collection to see if it tells what facility holds the manuscripts. Then Google that facility to find contact information for inquiring about getting copies from the collection.
    The advice that has been given in a couple of these examples will work to solve many of the questions you might have about record indexes and abstracts held in The Genealogy Center’s collection – after you find your ancestor’s name in the book, look at the front matter for an explanation of what the book includes, what abbreviations and symbols mean, when the book was compiled, and where the original material was held at that time. The book might even provide steps for securing copies of the original records – at least as the procedure was at the time of publication. Then you might Google the record facility to obtain contact information so you can inquire about current procedures. Whereas we used to have to request records by mail, enclosing a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope, you might be able to place your order online, pay with credit card, and receive the record as a digital copy sent to your email address!

    And if the book has no explanation in the front (or back), or has an explanation you don’t understand – please bring it to the Ask Desk and let one of The Genealogy Center’s reference librarians try to help. We have seen (almost) everything and will be happy to try to help you crack the code and determine what your next step should be in securing a copy of the record you need.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Photoshop Consultations in October

    Monday, Sep 14, 2015

    Do you need help restoring your family photos? We are offering one hour consultations to provide suggestions using basic techniques you may not have tried. The Consultant will work with you to try to achieve the results you want. Please bring your scanned image(s) on a USB drive that is free of other files. For best results, images should be scanned at 300dpi and saved as TIFF files.

    Consultations are by appointment only. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to arrange an appointment.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Friday, September 25th for Staff Development Day

    Friday, Sep 11, 2015

    The Genealogy Center, like all Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed on Friday, September 25, 2015 for Staff Development Day. The Library Board sets aside one day each year for staff to reflect on our mission, acquire additional skills, and learn how to better interact with each other and with you, our customers. We will be open our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, and will reopen on Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m. We will see you then!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Online Research FAQs that Our Customers Ask

    Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015

    By Dawne

    Here are a few of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we get at The Genealogy Center Ask Desk about searching in online databases. Maybe the answers will help some of you remote readers, too!

    •    Why can’t I find anything when I type my name into

    The Ancestry website has two parts to its record collections – Public Member Trees that users have created, and a collection of historical record indexes, abstracts, databases, and images. For reasons of protecting privacy, no living people are included in what the public can view of the Public Member Trees. (Although if you are an Ancestry subscriber, you can see living people that you include in your OWN tree when signed into your own account.) Some of the historical record databases will include living people since the inclusive dates might be fairly recent. One example is the “California Divorce Index, 1966-1984.” Another is the 1940 census. So it is not likely that you will find information on yourself if you type your name into the search box at, unless it is in one of the historical databases that include more recent information.

    •    I am typing my grandfather’s information into (or and nothing’s coming up. Why?

    You might be including too much information in your search. It’s tempting to fill in all of the boxes on the Search screen in order to get the best possible match. The problem is, if you have checked the “match all items exactly” box, the records must match everything you have entered – exactly! So if you have entered your grandfather’s exact birth year, you will not get back census schedules because except for 1900, those don’t include an exact birth year; they include an age. If you have entered a county and state for a birth place, you will not get matches of records that include only a state of birth because they don’t match exactly what you have entered. Many times, “less is more,” especially with names that are not terribly common. Try including a first name (but not middle name or initial), a last name, a year of birth with +/- 2 years, and a state of birth, and see what results you get. If you get too many, you can narrow your search from there by including more information.

    •    I am looking for the marriage record of my great-uncle, who married in Fort Wayne in 1950. FamilySearch has a database of marriages for Indiana that covers 1811 to 2007. Why am I not finding the record I seek?

    Titles of databases often include beginning and ending years, but those usually represent the earliest and latest records included in the collection. The title doesn’t necessarily mean that the database includes all counties for all years in the title. Read the description of the collection to see what it does include. For example, on the search screen for “Indiana Marriages 1811-2007” at FamilySearch, you can click on “Learn more” to go to the FamilySearch Wiki and see a table of the counties that are included in this particular database. Then you can test the parameters of the database by searching a very common name, like “John” and the exact year you think the marriage you seek took place, with the exact county. If you get no results, the database might not include marriages for that year and county!

    •    I need an obituary for someone who died in the 1950s. Can I find that online?

    Again, maybe. The Genealogy Center subscribes to two newspaper databases that you can use when you are onsite. They are and Newspaper Archive. There are others, such as GenealogyBank, which The Center does not have that you might be able to access at your local library or through a personal subscription of your own. All of these sites have different newspapers for different time periods. When we are asked the question, “Which one is best?” our answer has to be – the one that includes the papers for the geographic area and time period you need! Another factor to know about newspapers online is that newspapers, like other published material, are governed by copyright law. Most of the papers that have been digitized and made available online are from the mid-1920s and earlier because those are no longer protected by copyright. There are some exceptions where the newspaper has given permission for its issues to be scanned and made available, so a 1950s obituary, while not the norm, is not out of the question. Do your homework to see which site will best suit your needs before subscribing!

    •    Can I buy an Allen County Public Library card if I don’t live in Allen County?

    Yes, you may. But there is no reason to purchase a library card for the Allen County Public Library as a genealogist unless you plan to visit The Genealogy Center more than 10 times in one year. A subscription card is $70 annually, and if you visit 10 times in one year, it will pay for itself by allowing you to scan your card to park for free. Except for free parking for ACPL cardholders, all other services to genealogists are equal for residents and non-residents alike. No one may check out a book from The Genealogy Center, because nothing from The Center circulates. Anyone may use the research computers when visiting The Center. Local cardholders log in with their library card number; visiting researchers get a guest pass at the Ask Desk. Anyone may access The Genealogy Center’s “Free Databases” from anywhere there is an Internet connection. No one – including ACPL cardholders – may access The Genealogy Center’s “Onsite Databases” (i.e., subscription databases like Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Fold3, remotely. They can only be accessed from within an ACPL building.

    Watch this space for another blog post about FAQs we get about books in the collection!

    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

  • Closed September 6th & 7th

    Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

    The Genealogy Center, like all Allen County Public Library locations, will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6th and 7th in honor of Labor Day. We will be open our regular hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th at 9 a.m. Enjoy the holiday!

    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

  • Following Up with More Records

    Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

    Continue your Family History Journey on Saturday, August 29, 2015, when Curt Witcher will show you how to use major record groups and how to let one record’s data lead you to still more sources of information. An overview of military records as well as passenger and immigration records will be provided. The second half of the program will provide attendees with a “quick walk” through The Genealogy Center’s free databases – online resources that can provide meaningful next steps for family history research. So be there at 9:30 a.m., in Meeting Room A.

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

    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

  • An Evening with Jennifer Teege

    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

    Jennifer Teege, who is of German and Nigerian descent made a startling family discovery. Her grandfather was the Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów Concentration Camp, and portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 movie Schindler’s List. Teege has written about her family history journey in an internationally bestselling book, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past."

    Come spend “An Evening with Jennifer Teege” on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library, as she tells the engaging story of how she learned her family’s dark secret. The event is free and open to the public and Teege’s book, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past,” will be available for purchase.

    The event is sponsored by The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS), and the Congregation Achduth Vesholom. For more information, view the brochure, or go to the IHGS Facebook Page, or contact Steven Carr at Carr@IPFW.EDU, or Curt Witcher at Cwitcher@ACPL.INFO

    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

  • Ohio & Indiana African-Americans in the Maumee Valley

    Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

    Join us on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7PM in Meeting Room A for the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor’s “Layers of History.” Angie Quinn will focus on the Wren and Little Africa communities in Van Wert County, Ohio, the former Randolph family slaves in Darke and Mercer County, Ohio, and communities in Whitley County, Indiana, and Paulding, Ohio. Curt Witcher and Roberta Ridley will share "how-to" information about performing research using census data, government land office records, and other resources. John Aden, PhD, from the Fort Wayne African/African-American Historical Society Museum will provide some artifacts and collection items used by early rural African American residents in our region. Mark your calendar for this great program on the history and people of the Maumee River Valley!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for August

    Thursday, Jul 23, 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 Wednesday August 19th and Tuesday August 25th, 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

  • Beyond the Family Bible: Making the Most of Family Heirlooms and Artifacts in Genealogy Research

    Monday, Jul 20, 2015

    John Beatty will be presenting "Beyond the Family Bible: Making the Most of Family Heirlooms and Artifacts in Genealogy Research" on Tuesday September 15, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Globe Room of the Main Library. The program will discuss how to analyze a variety of inherited items - books, textiles, photographs, jewelry, paintings - and how they can aid in doing genealogical research. Often there are clues imbedded in such items that researchers can use to their advantage if they know where and how to look. The talk will also discuss a variety of printed sources for heirloom evaluation.

    This lecture is part of “A Heritage of Needle Art,” sponsored by the Fort Wayne Area Embroiderer’s Guild, an exhibition that honors embroidery, in all its shapes and traditions, as a timeless and enduring expression of art. A sampling of historic needle art, on loan from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Permanent Collection in Louisville KY, will be on display. Items selected for exhibition will represent a wide variety of embroidery techniques as well as cultural needle art traditions from all over the world. Highlighting the exhibit will be a 6' x 6' military insignia designed and embroidered by Master Sergeant Edward Kuhn in the early 1900. Kuhn used 800 skeins of silk and stitched the tapestry over a period of 14 years. The Exhibit Opening is on Friday, August 21 at 6:00pm in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library, with a program on Sergeant Edward C Kuhn, Master Sergeant and Master Embroiderer, at 7:00 pm in the Globe Room, presented by Jeffrey Krull, retired Director of the Allen County Public Library and descendant of the creator of the exhibited Tapestry of the Insignia of the United States.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • If You Are Only Browsing & Not Using the Catalog, You Might Be Missing Things!

    Friday, Jul 17, 2015

    By Dawne

    In The Genealogy Center’s previous incarnation on this site, most books in the collection were in “closed stacks.” That meant that patrons looked in the card catalog under the county name where their ancestors lived to identify books they wanted to see, and then put a call slip for each one into a tray. The call slip included the book’s call number and the patron’s seat number. Library staff called “pages” brought the books to the patron’s seat.

    Fast-forward to 2003, when the library moved temporarily to Renaissance Square a few blocks away during the Big Remodel. Suddenly there was enough room for books in Genealogy to be open-stack and patrons could browse! And virtually all of The Genealogy Center’s materials have been open-stack ever since.

    Being able to browse the stacks is mostly a good thing. We used to find that some of the established subject headings in the old catalog could be a bit misleading from the patron’s standpoint. The one that always comes to mind is “Registers of births, etc.” This subject heading was arbitrarily assigned to any book that had birth information in it. Many patrons submitted call slips for books they found with this subject heading, thinking they were requesting a birth records index. They didn’t realize that the card they saw was a subject card, not a title card, and that books with this subject heading did not necessarily pertain to birth records at all! In many cases, the book they received would be a cemetery transcription book.

    But there are also reasons that checking the catalog and not relying solely on browsing should be done. I will give you two examples:
    •    Family histories – You can browse by surname to look for published family histories on your surnames of interest. It is very convenient since they are arranged on the shelves in the Family History Room alphabetically by the main family name in the volume. The key word here is “main family,” however. Most published family histories include more than just one surname. Our catalogers have examined each book and cross-referenced it under other surnames that feature significantly. Sometimes this includes dozens of names in a single book – and that book is only shelved alphabetically under the one name. What if the name in which you have interest is one of the others? Search the catalog using the terms “Surname family” (with quotation marks, putting the actual name in place of the word surname) to identify books you might be missing by browsing.
    •    At the beginning of each state section in The Genealogy Center are any books that have a statewide or regional focus, or cover more than one or two counties in a single volume. This statewide section is followed by a section of books for each county in the state, alphabetically. If you are browsing the section of books for the county in which you have interest but have skipped over the state section, you might be missing some valuable material. One example: The Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society in Lansing published a series of “Occasional Papers.” Because these are a set, they are filed in the statewide books at the beginning of the Michigan section. However, these are not all statewide books. No. 10 is Abstracts of the Early Probate Records of Ingham County, Michigan, 1838-1869 (GC 977.4 M59 No. 10). If you browse in the Ingham County section without checking the catalog, you might never know The Genealogy Center has this volume of probate abstracts.

    All library catalogs are different. If you visit many libraries to do research, it can seem like a hassle to have to learn each system, particularly if the collection’s books are open-stack and arranged in a logical way. It can be tempting to just browse. But I would encourage you to do some catalog searching as well, just to be sure you don’t overlook something vital to your research.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Early African-American Settlers of the Maumee Valley on July 28th

    Monday, Jul 13, 2015

    Mark your calendar for an informative evening on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7PM in Meeting Room A as Angie Quinn will discuss the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor’s “Layers of History,” while Curt Witcher, and Roberta Ridley will share "how-to" information about performing research using census data, government land office records, and other resources. John Aden, PhD, from the Fort Wayne African/African-American Historical Society Museum will provide some artifacts and collection items used by early rural African American residents in our region.

    For more information, see Early African-American Settlers of the Maumee Valley. Join us for this free event!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Beyond Just Starting Your Family History

    Saturday, Jul 11, 2015

    So, we've covered some of the basic records that you will use to start your family history, but what's the next step? Join us for "Beyond Just Starting" on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:30A in Meeting Room C to 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. For more information, see brochure. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center