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  • New in Our Military Heritage!

    Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

    We have added three new items to Our Military Heritage recently!

    From the Civil War, we have the military records of James Bigelow, 8th and 11th Connecticut. This packet includes all types of forms and certificates from his induction into the 8th Connecticut to his discharge, and includes information on his service as an assistant surgeon, his Master Mason certificate and his widow’s affidavit. We also have “Roster of the Eighth Regiment Conn. Vols. 1861-1865,” published in 1908. It includes names of all members, by company, who attended a reunion that year, including Dr. James Bigelow of Elkhart, Indiana.
    The other item is a clipping from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, published in about December 1988, concerning the sad fate of World War II veteran Roland Boyle. Local boy Roland served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the army in 1940, serving until the end of the war. Back in Fort Wayne, he had difficulty adapting to civilian life and eventually left his parents and siblings for a rootless existence in the west. He died in 1987 and was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, although his family was not aware of his death for a year. This article is illustrative of the difficulties all soldiers faced when returning from war.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Free Allen County Online Resources

    Friday, Mar 11, 2016

    Our Allen County Resources have grown recently with additions to a couple of pre-existing databases and a couple of new sources as well.

    We have City of Fort Wayne Water Works, 1931-1981, with a history of the Water Works and the St. Joseph Pumping Station, with Three Rivers Filtration Plant Functions, a nifty flow diagram and some great photographs!
    Speaking of great photos, we have the Embassy Theatre Commemorative Photographs, 1928-1978, with a history of the theater and wonderful photos of the Embassy and of its incarnation as the Emboyd Theatre.
    We also have a copy of the Washington Township (Allen County, IN) School yearbook, “The Wildcat” for 1957-1958. “The Wildcat” includes individual photos for each student and teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, and group photos for sports, yearbook staff, etc. Since this belonged to a student, there are even a few autographs.
    Additions to the Lindenwood Cemetery Index for 2015 have been added. Lindenwood is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Allen County and is on the National Register.
    2015 Addition to Lindenwood burials

    Finally, 62 new booklets and documents comprising more than 1400 images have been added to the General Electric Collection in the Elex section. As one of Fort Wayne’s largest employers in the 20th century, this collection is a tremendous addition to our local history.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Welcome to Our New Spaces

    Thursday, Mar 03, 2016

    Late this morning, The Genealogy Center opened its two repurposed areas! We invite you to take advantage of these spaces.
    The Life Stories Center is very exciting for us. Everyone has a story. Most of us have many stories, and these stories not only tell the history of people, but also of the community in which they lived. Stories can include military reminiscences; childhood memories; workplace recollections; accounts of church, political or club activities; and immigration and first generation sagas, just to name a few. Activities at the Life Stories Center will include mentoring potential interviewers, making audio recording equipment available, and archiving the recordings.
    The Discovery Center will provide space for interest group discussions, genealogy and local history group meetings, pop-up classes for visiting groups, as well as The Genealogy Center’s events and classes. The two ceiling-mounted computer projectors can be used in tandem or separately, with the entire audiovisual set-up having the ability to use laptops, netbooks, smart devices, DVDs, and Blu-ray.
    To schedule use of the Discovery Center or Life Stories Center, or for more information, contact the Genealogy Center at 421-1225, email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness: Genealogy Style - March 6 - 12, 2016

    Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

    This year’s theme for our annual March Madness is “Brick Walls: Overcoming Barriers in Your Genealogical Research.” Rebound with your research the first week of March as The Genealogy Center gives you an assist with these classes in our new Discovery Center. Classes include:

    Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Common Sense Problem Solving: Two Case Studies”
    Presenter: Delia Bourne

    Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Forenames: First and Foremost—First Names, Nick Names, Called Names, Initials, and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    "Breaking Through the Brick Wall: 14 Steps for Re-thinking and Solving Genealogical Problems”
    Presenter: John Beatty

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    ACGSI Meeting “Gaining Insight into a Life with School Research”
    Presenter: Adam Barrone

    Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Breaking Through the Brick Wall”
    Presenter: Melissa Tennant

    Friday, March 11, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Surnames: Last, but Not Least—Surnames and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Working with a Single Record”
    Presenter: Cynthia Theusch   

    For individual class descriptions, see the brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. Score points for your research and join us!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Who's a Hoosier? Who and What Make Indiana Great

    Monday, Feb 29, 2016

    Do you live in Indiana? Have you ever resided in Indiana? Do you have family who once made Indiana their home? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know someone who is a Hoosier.

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, The Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of “life lived in the small places” as that is what makes, and has made, Indiana great. We are interested in old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana that showcase Hoosier life. These can include children at play, people at work, people hanging out, sporting events, homes and buildings, and so much more.

    The Genealogy Center will collect Who’s a Hoosier? images from December 11, 2015 through December 11, 2016 in honor of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood.

    To show your Hoosier pride, please contribute a picture along with a description of the image, detailing Who and What Makes Indiana Great!

    Upload pictures at Who's a Hoosier
    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Upload pictures to Facebook 
    Instagram @ GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Grand Opening - Thursday March 3, 2016

    Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

    Join us Thursday, March 3 at 11:40 a.m. for the Grand Opening of our renovated spaces! We have re-purposed half of our Microtext Reading Room into the Discovery Center, a place for classes, demonstrations, meetings, groups and more. Come see our new space and follow this blog as we make plans!

    At the same time, our new Life Stories center will officially open! This is a space for you to interview family members, friends, and community members, to record their memories before they are lost. Contact us for more information. Remember, everybody has a story!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln at the Library - Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016

    Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln's policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood.  Join us on Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, in the Allen County Public Library’s Meeting Room A as Professor Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, speaks on "Lincoln as a Hoosier: Race, Politics and the Sixteenth President."  Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    For more information see The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection page.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in March!

    Wednesday, Feb 17, 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, March 15th, and Wednesday March 23rd, 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

  • Family Tree Found

    Monday, Feb 15, 2016

    By: Allison

    A family member was recently cleaning out her storage when she found a family tree handwritten by my grandfather.  The single piece of paper was filled with my grandfather’s notes and the family tree sprawled across the page.  I was delighted to be given this lovely piece of family history because it really made me feel like I was continuing down a path that my grandfather began years ago. 

    After figuring out how he organized the family tree on the page, I began checking his information against what I already had in my family tree.  Materials such as this family tree are invaluable to genealogy research; however, they must be taken with a grain of salt.  My grandfather was a very intelligent man but even he could make mistakes.  I found a few discrepancies and used the original documents to determine which research was accurate.

    The best piece of information on the page was the married name of my grandfather’s aunt.  She has been a brick wall for me for years.  She married sometime after the 1880 Census and I lost her trail.  According to my grandfather’s note next to her name, she was the black sheep of the family.  I soon discovered that she had been married at least twice and her last husband was about twenty years younger than her.  Armed with this new information, I was able to flesh out my family tree a bit more. 

    The discovery of this forgotten family tree is a reminder that you never know what records other members of your family have in their possession.  It is a good idea to frequently remind both close and distant relatives that you are always looking for more information to expand your family tree.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Remember Sunday, February 14th is "A Day in Allen County"

    Friday, Feb 12, 2016

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, February 14, 2016, take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day?  These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community, so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a description you would like put with the picture. for more information, see the brochure.

    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    Upload pictures at
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources

    Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New in Our Military Heritage

    Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • What Made You Start Your Family History

    Monday, Feb 01, 2016

    by Allison

    Whether you are a novice or an expert, your genealogy start-story is one to be proud of and to share.  As the newest librarian on the ACPL Genealogy Center staff, I would like to introduce myself by sharing my own start-story.  

    Like many youngsters, I often went to pay my respects at the cemetery with my family.  Perhaps unlike most people, my maternal grandmother would take me for hours just to wander the local cemetery in Plymouth, Indiana, the town where my mother was raised.  She wanted to show me the names, dates, and symbols.  While she had no interest in genealogy, she instilled a love of cemeteries in me at a very young age. They are places to love, respect, learn, and be at peace.  While death is never a happy subject, having the ability to retain a connection with deceased friends and family is a good thing.  My parents were not as enthralled with cemeteries as my grandmother and I, but they would go and clean out the family plot in the Catholic Cemetery of Fort Wayne and put fresh silk flowers out every season.  

    At age sixteen and I went to the cemetery with my parents and other relatives to perform the annual change of the silk flowers.  Since there were more than enough people helping with the family plot, I began to wander through the section to look at the different stones.  I was astonished when I discovered a grave stone with my father’s name on it!  My father, Edward, was named after his grandfather, Edward.  My father is alive and well while his grandfather had been buried since 1955.  I had no idea who the third Edward could have been.  After my initial shock, I realized that the dates were off.  This Edward was only 9 years old when he passed away!  He was also born almost twenty years after my great-grandfather.  Something did not add up.  

    I went back to the family plot and asked my family members if they knew anything about it.  They were all surprised and went back to the grave to see for themselves.  None of them had any idea who the child was and how he was related to our family.  That was the day I became a novice genealogist.  I wanted to know everything about this child and why he wasn’t in our family plot if he was a relative.  Unfortunately, my paternal grandparents were deceased by this time.  I could not ask them any questions.  I had to turn to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center for help.

    I still remember walking into the library and being overwhelmed.  I had no idea where to start.  Luckily for me, there was a librarian at the desk who was willing to assist me in my beginning search.  The interesting thing was that I did not want to start with me, which is the recommended way to begin genealogy.  I was bound and determined to figure out who the child with my father’s name was and how he was related to us.  Thankfully, the librarian helped me find information on the child’s death.  This led me to his parents’ names.  The grand mystery was solved.  The third Edward was the nephew of my great-grandfather with the same name.  His brother honored him by naming his son after him.  It was easy to link the brother to my family since he died the same year as the child and is buried in our family plot.  It was also interesting to discover that the child was buried next to his mother who died long after the child.  In fact, she remarried and had a long life before finally settling next to her little boy.  

    While I was able to solve the family mystery, it opened up a door of many more mysteries.  Why did my great-grandfather’s brother die so young?  Who were these family members?  What did they do?  What other family members can I find?  The simple family mystery in a cemetery many years ago has led me to spending over half of my life doing genealogy research.  I was hooked!  

    What is your genealogy start-story?  Have you shared it with your family?  Sometimes learning about the family mysteries and skeletons in the closet are the best ways to pique someone’s interest in learning more about genealogy.  I look forward to working with all of you!

    (We welcome Allison to The Genealogy Center! Read more about her and the rest of the public service staff.)

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • February 14th - A Day in Allen County

    Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, February 14, 2016, take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day?  These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community, so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a description you would like put with the picture. for more information, see the brochure.

    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    Upload pictures at
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Time of Death Records in Our Free Databases

    Thursday, Jan 07, 2016

    A number of obituary and other point of death records have been added to our Free Databases recently.

    One of our most popular databases is our Fort Wayne and Allen County Area Obituary Index, and local volunteer John Lawrence has filled in a number of gaps in that database by reviewing 19th and early 20th century newspapers and adding a total of 18,951 obituaries recently! One may search the database by first or last name (exact, Soundex and fuzzy search) or by date.

    The Daviess County, Indiana Obituary Index has 2013 and 2014 entries added by Kay Hedrick, bringing the run from 1984 to 2014. This index also includes many entries from Martin, Pike and Knox Counties, as well as Daviess.

    And the Genealogy Tracers African American Homegoing Programs continue to expand, now containing 4048 memorials with 19, 761 images, thanks to the Genealogy Tracers of Cleveland, Ohio, whose members are Alfreda Spratlen Barnes, Clancy Ware-Simpson, David Simpson, Carmine Vaughn Stewart.

    Thanks to everyone for their time and effort! These databases would not exist without them!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Technology Tour on January 13th

    Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

    Cynthia Theusch will present January’s entry in the WinterTech series with “Technology Tour of The Genealogy Center,” on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 2:30–3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms B&C. Cynthia will demonstrate all the technology available for our customers to use including scanners, printers and more! Remember that WinterTech is offered in the afternoons of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana’s monthly meeting, so stay until 7 p.m. to hear ACGSI members “Sharing Unique Finds during Genealogical Research.” To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Downtown Fort Wayne in 1935

    Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

    We have a fabulous “new” map for your viewing pleasure on our free Allen County, Indiana Resources page. It is a 1935 Business Loop map of downtown Fort Wayne, bordered by Brackenridge on the south, Webster on the west, Columbia and the railroad on the north and Barr on the east. From the whole map which serves as an overview, one may click on sections to see enlargements, to view the locations of theaters, churches, stores and residences all over downtown. Most businesses are specified, such as Patterson Fletcher, Stag Cigar, Bon Ton Bakery, Kroger Market, Baltes hotel and more, although some are just identified as barber or filling station. Buildings are identified by street number and trolley tracks are shown, as is Transfer Corner at Calhoun and Berry. At the top is a statistical summary of the types of businesses, including 18 shoe stores, 40 clothing stores, 22 barbers, 10 hotels, 12 markets, and 9 beer parlors. Residences are not identified by name. The map can be a bit confusing at first, as west is at the top, and a strong knowledge of the streets of Fort Wayne’s downtown or a current map may serve as an aid to browsing.
    Map of Fort Wayne Downtown Business Loop, 1935

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Starting the Collection: Two Great Hoosiers!

    Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

    by Delia

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Brethren Additions to Our Free Databases

    Monday, Dec 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family and Military Records

    Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center