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  • Indiana, Civics and Abraham Lincoln

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, for the Fifth Annual Rolland Lecture, "What Indiana Civic Life Light Taught Young Mr. Lincoln," presented by Judge Randall Shephard, retired Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Attend this free event at 7:00 PM in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Naturalization Records – A Brief Introduction

    Sunday, May 08, 2016

    Naturalization is the method by which a foreign person, or “alien,” becomes a citizen.  It is a voluntary act and is not required under United States law.  The first Naturalization Act was passed in 1790.  At that time, most naturalizations occurred in the court nearest to the individual being naturalized, which could have been the county court or the federal court.  The naturalization process took about five years.  After two years of living in the country, the alien would file papers stating his or her Declaration of Intent to Naturalize (or “First Papers”).  After three more years, the alien could then file a Petition for Naturalization.  Generally, the Declaration of Intent records have more information that is beneficial to genealogists than the actual Petition. 

    The first thing to note when looking for naturalization records is that you will not find them for women between 1790 and 1922.  Women and children under the age of 21 would be automatically naturalized when their husband or father became naturalized.  If an alien woman married a U.S. citizen, she would automatically become naturalized.  This process worked in the reverse as well.  When a woman married someone who was not a U.S. citizen, she lost her citizenship to the United States even if she continued to live in the country.  Additionally, children could file their Declarations and Petitions at the same time if they lived in the country five years before their 23rd birthday from 1824 until 1906. 

    1906 was a great year for genealogists in terms of added information to the naturalization records.  In 1906, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization was formed.  After the Bureau’s formation, more information was included on the naturalization records and the forms became standardized.  This also meant that more information about women and children were included in the records. 

    In 1862, a law was enacted to allow Army veterans who had been honorably discharged to petition for naturalization after living for a year in the United States.  In 1894, a law was enacted to include Navy and Marine veterans.  Later, thousands of men were naturalized through a law enacted on May 9, 1918, which allowed aliens serving in the U.S. military to file a Petition for Naturalization while they were serving in the present war, World War I.  More laws of this kind were enacted in 1919, 1926, 1940, and 1952 giving special treatment to veterans. 

    A major and frustrating aspect about naturalization records is that there is not a great way to locate them.  The records for naturalizations that took place at federal courthouses should reside with the National Archives.  The records for naturalizations that took place at county courthouses may still reside within the specific county.  However, some records from county courthouse nationalizations have been sent to the National Archives, compounding the difficulty of the search.

    The best source for finding naturalization records is the FamilySearch wiki.  The website has a great overview of naturalization records.  The overview then has a link to a page for each state’s naturalization records.  The state pages will assist with finding where the specific naturalization records are located.    

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • May Flowers Bring Pilgrims!

    Wednesday, May 04, 2016

    The Pilgrims were religious separatists and were seeking to establish a strictly Edward Winslow traveled to the new world on the Mayflower.conservative society in America.  The Pilgrims were displeased with the perceived secular nature of English society and originally moved to the Netherlands to avoid the influence of English culture.  However, they later determined they needed to move again, this time to America, to prevent their children from adopting Dutch culture, among other reasons. 

    It is estimated that there are over 35 million living descendants of the Pilgrims who traveled to America on the Mayflower.  There are several organizations just for these descendants, with the largest and most comprehensive being the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Other Mayflower organizations are for specific states or families. 

    Since there are so many descendants and the interest is so high, there are many resources available to research Mayflower ancestors.  In The Genealogy Center collection alone, there are dozens of resources available that are specific to the history of the Mayflower.  These resources include the full run of The Mayflower Quarterly, which began in 1935.  Another resource you can access at The Genealogy Center is AmericanAncestors.org, a paid database that is available in our building to our patrons.  

    April Showers Bring May Flower.  What Do May Flowers Bring?
    Pilgrims

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • April Showers Bring May Flowers. What Do May Flowers Bring?

    Monday, May 02, 2016

    Have you ever thought about the legacy flowers have in your family?  My grandmother was a gardener and had some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen in her garden.  My mother has ivy, Lily of the Valley, and several other flowers that were starts from my grandmother’s garden.  Starts of these plants will soon be added to my garden.  Since my grandmother is no longer living, these starts from her garden mean so much more to me than plants from the store.   

    There are many people who have gardens and plants from relatives who have long predeceased them.  There are roses that have been in families for centuries.  In some families, gardening or plants are a family’s legacy to pass down to the next generation.

    What is your family’s garden legacy?  Flowers blooming in Foster Park in the spring in the early 2000s. Photographs taken by George Powell, formerly of Fort Wayne, IN, now of Robertsdale, AL.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations on May 17th and 24th

    Sunday, May 01, 2016

    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 Tuesday, May 17th and Tuesday, May 24th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and a staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Silverfish

    Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

    As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how to preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    Today, we are going to focus on silverfish.  Thankfully, we have not had this issue at The Genealogy Center but we have been asked about what to do if silverfish get into a personal collection.  This being the case, our photograph of interest is of a nasty little silverfish.  This bug is the arch enemy of archivists.  

    Silverfish eat carbohydrates such as sugars or starches in adhesives.  This includes books, carpet, clothing, and glue.  For this blog, the important item on that list would be books!  Once you discover silverfish in your materials, isolate them.  Put the infested materials in a container that you can seal away from your other materials.  

    You have several options at this point.  You could introduce chemicals to your materials but this is not advisable if you wish to preserve them.  Another option is to freeze the materials.  This will kill the silverfish and if done properly, will not harm your materials.  

    For general pest control information and how to prevent infestation, click here

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Torn Pages

    Friday, Apr 29, 2016

    As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how to preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    Today, the next item that was brought to our attention is a book with ripped pages.  Ripped pages are usually the result of accidents.  Sometimes the tears are the result of negligence or done intentionally, but let’s focus on how to prevent and fix the damage.

    Tips to prevent damage: Use caution when working with older books and/or irreplaceable books.  As books age, the paper is apt to become brittle and begin breaking.  Do not use gloves unless the book is going to cause you physical harm if you do not wear the gloves (i.e. mold).  Make sure your hands are clean and dry.  Use the book on a clean, dry surface and handle carefully.

    Tips to deal with damage: DO NOT USE TAPE.  Tape is harmful to paper.  You can repair the paper if it will not cause further damage to the book.  One recommended method is to use Japanese tissue paper and a starch paste.  It is not recommended that archival tape is used.  Archival tape still can be gummed to the paper similarly to other adhesive tapes.  

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Mold and Mildew

    Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

    As Preservation Week begins, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged. 

    Maybe you have been hunting for a copy of an old family history that several cousins have mentioned and finally find one online. Or maybe you are browsing a used book store and find a county history in the area in which your ancestors lived. Congratulations! You buy the book, or get in the mail, gleefully open it and start to sneeze. You mutter to yourself, “Book dust!” and gamely continue turning the pages, Book Mold 1coughing and blowing your nose. That may be dust, but it may also be mold or mildew. For some, this is a nuisance, but others are violently allergic to this mold. You have your treasure, but you have some less pleasant stuff along with it.

     

    We also receive books that have mold and mildew, and occasionally, our own volumes Book mold 2develop mold, as you can see in the attached photo. Mold and mildew is cause by a damp environment and poor air flow. Books in basements, in closets or along outside walls are more vulnerable to mold. Being a fungus, mold sends out spores, so other books will be infected. Mildew often follows mold and imparts a dank smell to your library. If you discover mold or mildew on any of your books, separate the book from the rest of your collection, preferable in another room. For more valuable books, a professional conservator may be hired to clean the volume, but Biblio.com has detailed instructions on cleaning you can do at home, including removing mold and mildew, drying wet books, and removing the musty smell.

     

    Once you’ve removed an infected volumes and cleaned those that you can, be sure to keep a sharp watch in the future to nip any mold in the bed!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Broken Spines on Books

    Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016

    by Delia

    As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

     In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.

    If you have noticed, The Genealogy Center has no paper bound books. We receive  paper bound books (purchases and donations), but to insure the volume, and its precious information, will last longer, we hard bind everything. When a volume wears our through normal use, we will rebind the volume in a new cover. But hard-backed books are not impervious to hard use, and the spine of a book is one of the most vulnerable places. “Breaking” the spine so that the volume will lay open flat or to facilitate copying is just that: breaking. As the glue, backing and threads snap, one can hear the book suffer. Your own books at home, both paper and hard bound, need to be respected. When I was much younger, before I realized that some people would break the spine to make a paperback easier to hold open, I loaned a favorite book to a friend – who returned it with the spine broken. It wasn’t long before pages started to fall out. Needless to say, I never loaned that person another book, and took greater care to whom I loaned in the future!

    The spines will also break if the book is shelved with the spine on the top: the sheer weight of the pages will pull the spine loose. Many people think that if a number of books are shelved together with the spines up, the press will eliminate this damage, but that is a fallacy. Gravity is there whether there’s one book of ten.

    Check your personal library for weak spines. Make sure that books are shelved with the spines out or lay the volume flat. There are several YouTube videos on simple repair for broken book spines. Just check on Google under “repairing broken book spines.” And if you do loan books, let the borrower know that you expect the same care given to your books that you would provide!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Acidic Paper

    Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016

    As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    The next item that has been brought to our attention is a book turning brown from the acidity in the paper.  Acidity is one of the causes of damage in paper as it weakens the fibers that make up the paper and eventually destroys them. Subsequently, paper made from mechanical wood pulp decomposes quickly from within.

    Tips to prevent damage: Unfortunately, the acidic paper composition is an inherent flaw.  In order to combat the decomposition of the paper due to the acid, the pH has to be increased.  This is possible through mass deacidification.  Mass deacidification is where an alkaline substance is added to the paper to neutralize the existing acid and prevent further decomposition.  

    Tips to deal with damage: A way to work to reduce further decomposition is to improve the environmental storage conditions.  A method of doing that is by storing loose paper in inert polyester film sleeves.  Then place the materials in safe, cool, dry, dark environment.  For more information on preservation of acidic paper, visit this website.  


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Torn Cover on a Book

    Monday, Apr 25, 2016

    As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.    It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    Today, the second item that brought to our attention is a book with a ripped cover.  It is cautionary tale on why it is bad to shelve things spine up.  The weight will potentially tear the book from the cover.  

    Tips to prevent damage: Always put books away carefully with a mindfulness on how not to damage the books.  If you are short on space, lay the book on its side instead of spine up.  You can always stack other books on top of it without causing damage to the cover.    

    Tips to deal with damage: There are methods to reattach the cover to the book.  Please refer to this tutorial from pages 14 to 23.  

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - Water Damaged Book

    Sunday, Apr 24, 2016

    As Preservation Week begins, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    Today, the first item that brought to our attention is a water damaged book.  It is unfortunate, but a small bottle of water can cause this type of damage.  This book not only has water damage, it has some mold growing in it as well.  This is because the water damage was not brought to our attention until the mold began growing. 

    Tips to prevent damage: When working with irreplaceable materials, make sure to keep food and drinks away from the material.  As you can see, even water can do a lot of damage.  Make sure to keep the materials in safe, cool, dry, and dark locations.  Moisture in the air can cause some damage but so can leaking pipes and flooded basements.  Be wise with where you store priceless materials.  Don’t put them in places where they may be damaged by water.  

    Tips to deal with damage: If you catch that the materials have gotten wet right away, begin by wicking away excess water with dry clothes. Then follow these instructions on how to dry out the materials.  For mold, follow these instructions and be careful to not expose yourself to the health risks of mold.  

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Musings about Microfilm

    Friday, Apr 22, 2016

    To many people, Microfilm is just another strange word that they do not understand.  To some people, it is an archaic form of saving materials.  To genealogists, it can contain pure gold in the form of answers.  While it is true that much of what genealogists are seeking has been digitized, not everything has been digitized and is available to the public.  Many things, such as newspapers, cannot be digitized due to copyright issues.  Many things have not been digitized due to lack of funding and lack of ability to digitize.  Microfilm is the only way these sources are accessible. 

    Microfilm is a low-cost, reliable, long-term, and a standardized method of image storing.  Microfilm has a life-expectancy of hundreds of years.  Microfilm machines vary in size and capability.  At minimum, the machine needs to consist of light and magnification.  As technology has improved, so have the capabilities of the machines. 

    Microfilm is cost effective and a proven way to preserve documents for hundreds of years.  While digitization is wonderful, microfilm will remain in the libraries and archives for the foreseeable future. When you visit your local library or archive, check out their microfilm collection.  

    The Genealogy Center Microtext Catalog is available on our website. 

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Investigating Silhouettes, Part 2

    Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016

    Continuation of Investigating Silhouettes

    by John

    Our patron wants to know more, and his inquiry leads to a number of logical questions: How does one dig deeper? What do the silhouettes tell us about the couple and the date of the silhouettes? Might we identify the artist who made them? How should our patron best preserve them?

    We know that William and Margaret were married by the Rev. Mr. Spring on 28 December 1814 at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City (see Shepherd Knapp, ed., Personal Records of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 1809-1908 NY: Brick Presbyterian Church, 1909], p, 135; 974.402 N422n). We also have access to one of the best available guides for identifying silhouettes: Blume J. Rifken’s Silhouettes in America, 1790-1840: A Collectors’ Guide (Burlington, VT: Paradigm Press, 1987). Rifken shows many examples of silhouettes of the period, offers tips on dating clothing and hair styles, and presents photos of many silhouettes of the period by various artists. While we don’t find an exact match to the clothing, we believe the images are of the Regency period and date from 1815 to 1825. Perhaps William and Margaret had the silhouettes made soon after their marriage.

    Rifken shows an image in his book with a very similar painting style to the Leggett images and in a nearly identical frame. The silhouette was painted by the renowned silhouettist, William Bache (1771-1845). Might the Leggett portraits have been painted by Bache, who was based in New Orleans and Philadelphia but also worked as an itinerant? They have a similar relief style, but all we can say is, maybe. We recommend that the patron share digital scans of the images with museums such as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., for a more extensive identification. The National Portrait Gallery has an album containing more than 1,800 silhouettes by Bache from a slightly earlier period.

    How should the patron best preserve the images? We noticed that they are turning brown and that there is obvious damage to the back of one of the two images. The frames are original and part of the artifact of the silhouettes, and so the frame and image should be preserved together. We recommend taking them to a professional framer who can install new backing with archival-quality paper, which will prevent further deterioration. We also recommend affixing some identification of the subjects to the back of the frames. Doing so will insure that when the silhouettes are handed down to future generations, the identities of the subjects will not be lost.

    Be sure to join us for Preservation Week, April 24-30, and learn some skills for identifying and preserving your genealogical artifacts and heirlooms.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Investigating Silhouettes, Part 1

    Monday, Apr 18, 2016

    by John

    One of our patrons presented us with two early 19th century silhouettes, which he believes depict his third-great grandparents, William Haight Leggett (1789-1863) and his wife, Margaret Peck (Wright) Leggett (1794-1878), both of New York City. He has graciously allowed us to digitize them for our collection. Our patron knows that the provenance of the pictures descends through his Leggett ancestors, but he was not absolutely certain about the attribution, and he wondered whether we could confirm their identities. It proved to be an interesting request and dovetailed nicely with our forthcoming observance of Preservation Week, April 24-30.

    While the Genealogy Center staff sees many historical photographs, we seldom have earlier images, such as silhouettes, to study. The Leggetts were a prominent family in New York City. William and Margaret’s son, Augustus Wright Leggett (1816-1885) and his wife, Elizabeth (Seaman) (1815-1900) lived in New York and later became pioneers of Oakland County, Michigan. For a time the family lived next door to William Cullen Bryant on Long Island and considered the poet Walt Whitman among their friends.

    Doing an Internet search for “William Haight Leggett” brings up a wonderful, well-documented website in which the family’s genealogy is extensively traced.

    The site also includes images of oil paintings of William and Margaret made later in life. They allow us to compare the faces with those in the silhouettes, and they provide what we believe to be a positive match. Our patron’s family tradition appears to be confirmed.

    Our patron wants to know more, and his inquiry leads to a number of logical questions: How does one dig deeper? What do the silhouettes tell us about the couple and the date of the silhouettes? Might we identify the artist who made them? How should our patron best preserve them?

    Learn more tomorrow!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Life and Genealogy are Learning Experiences

    Monday, Apr 11, 2016

    I recently did a presentation on Famous Female Hoosier Writers for Women’s History Month.  In preparing for the presentation, I read works of authors and journalists I was not as familiar with and learned more about these amazing women.  I chose this presentation topic because, while I was familiar with some of the authors and journalists I wanted to discuss, I also saw it as a learning experience.  I am one of those people who loves to learn and thrives on learning new things each and every day.  Life is about discovery!  This love of learning and discovery is why genealogy works so well for me.  I am constantly learning about new places to search for information, new sources, and new information for my own family tree.  

    I hope to remind you all that genealogy is a learning process.  There are proper forms of methodology and research, but everyone has to start somewhere.  When I am researching a historical event or figure, I begin with Wikipedia.  While I would NEVER use Wikipedia as a source, I use it to get a rough idea of the event or person and then use the sources list to learn more.  It is the same with genealogy.  When people begin their genealogy research, they usually jump at the chance to use other people’s trees listed on Ancestry and other websites.  This is okay!  I have heard people getting angry with beginners for doing this.  The thing that everyone needs to remember is that while the beginners are doing further research they will learn not to trust the trees.  It is a learning process of discovering that not everyone does sound research and many people will put family lore on their trees as solid truth.  The same is true with Wikipedia.  I learned very quickly that I could not trust the material in the written sections but I could use the sources listed to help further my research.  I always try to find a primary source or an excellently sourced secondary source.  To determine how accurate or credible a resource is, research the publisher and the author and check the footnotes, endnotes, and the bibliography.  

    If you would like more information on the women writers I researched, here is a link for further reading: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NL--qM0QHPnbFDwZLP5X0IDaELTygnsPprg7P-njdLM/edit?usp=sharing   

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference - April 16, 2016

    Friday, Apr 08, 2016

     The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Allen County Public Library.  The two featured speakers this year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.  Jen Baldwin’s sessions are being sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation.  Check out the Indiana Genealogical Society page for more information on the speakers, full schedule, and instructions on how to register for this wonderful conference.  

     List of sessions offered:
    •    Session A: Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session B: Being More Than Social on Social Media - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session C: The Art of Negative Space-Research: Women - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session D: Paperless Genealogy: Eliminating The Binders, File Cabinets and Post-It Notes - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session E: You're Not In Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources for Urban-Area Research - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session F: Preserving Your Personal Archives - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session G: Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session H: Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - Jen Baldwin

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week, April 24 – 30, 2016 – Pass It On!

    Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

    To celebrate the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week, The Genealogy Center is bringing you a week full of opportunities to learn how to care for your family treasures. Classes include:

    Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:00pm, Meeting Room A & Maker Lab
    “Using the Maker Lab to Preserve Family History”- Sara Allen
    Learn how ACPL’s Maker Lab can be used to preserve your family history. Join us as we tour the Maker Lab and learn how to convert family wedding videos to DVD; transfer family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports and company logos, and more. Space is limited. Call or email to reserve spot.
     
    Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Your Home Museum: Websites to Aid in the Preservation of Personal Memorabilia”- Delia Bourne
    Most of us have personal items we wish to preserve, either for monetary or intrinsic value. Such personal heirlooms can be jewelry and silver, vinyl record albums, collectible cards, art and much more. This session will introduce a number of websites that can provide guidance to the novice in the care and conservation of personal memorabilia.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Beyond the Family Bible: Using Heirlooms in Genealogical Research” - John Beatty
    This sessions 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 and mention some ways of preserving them.

     Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:30pm, Discovery Center
    “Preserving Family Documents”- Tamara Hemmerlein
    Family records are an invaluable source of information. Caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learn simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and while still keeping them accessible for research. Tamara Hemmerlein is currently Director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
     
    Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
    “Scanning Demo” - Kay Spears
    Join us for a short scanning demonstration. So, you finally have that scanner and you’re itching to start preserving your family photographs but you don’t know where to begin. This program will be a short demonstration on how to get started with your scanning project. Attendees are invited to bring their photos for this demonstration.

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Preserving Precious Paper: Conservation Techniques for Paper Materials” – Allison Singleton
    As genealogists, we all have a large amount of historic family documents.  Learn how to safely repair tears, properly store, and care for your paper materials in this session.  No supplies are needed. 

    Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Life Stories” - Curt Witcher
    Come see what our new Life Stories Center is all about and learn some of the best practices for interviewing family, friends and community members!

    For more information, see the brochure. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for any of these free events.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Family Resources

    Saturday, Apr 02, 2016

    We have some new family resources available for you to use!

     

    We have Documentation for Nancy Kerr/Carr (1809 to after 1838), donated by Curtis L. Older. Nancy was born in Ohio, migrating with her parents to Indiana where she married Thomas Gouty. She was the mother of Elias B. Gouty (1833-1915) and she died before 1840. This material provides information on her birth and married family, court cases and references to prove her lineage, and an SAR application by Curtis Lynn Older. This is an excellently researched proof document!

     

    Pragoff Progenitors: Rogers Line, Lewis Extensions, compiled by Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace, deals extensively with the Rogers family of Virginia and Kentucky, adding to her works that deal with other Pragoff progenitors, including the Gorin and Franklin families.

     

    The Robert Laurie Lamont Bible includes both images and transcriptions of the Robert Laurie Lamont-Susanna Aikins family covering 1835 to 1989, from Scotland to Iowa.

     

    And the Tremper Family Bible also includes images and a transcription of the Allan Tremper-Martha Bell Hilts family from 1832 to 1920 in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    Thanks to the donors for contributing these great resources!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April

    Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016

    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, April 13th, and Tuesday, April 19th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and a staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center