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  • Come for A Day with Juliana Szucs

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2016

    Ancestry’s Juliana Szucs will be here at the Discovery Center on Saturday October 22, 2016 to share her research expertise and her Ancestry know-how! Classes are:

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Discovery Center
    “A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Research”
    We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What do you do when your research is in a rut? Juliana has a dozen ways for you to get it back on track

    11:15 AM-12:15 PM, Discovery Center
    “Coming to America: Finding Arrival Records and Stories on Ancestry”
    Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names. Learn how to locate and use these records effectively and discover the story of your ancestor’s immigration to America.

    12:15 PM-1:45 PM – Lunch on own

    1:45 PM-2:45 PM, Discovery Center
    “Getting the Most from Ancestry”
    Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

    3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Discovery Center
    “Question and Answer Session”
    What have you always wanted to ask an expert from  This is your opportunity. 

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Day for Homeschoolers

    Friday, Oct 14, 2016

     Many parents want their children to become interested in their family’s history and genealogy, but fostering that interest may be a challenge. The Genealogy Center can engage parents and children alike with a Family History Day on Thursday October 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

    Allison DePrey Singleton will host a day-long program with two classroom-style lessons and guided research time to explore The Genealogy Center collection. Each child will receive a worksheet to complete, tailored to his or her age, experience, and grade level.  
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – “Beginning Genealogy Program Online Sources” – Discovery Center
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM – Break – Research on own
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM – “Beginning Genealogy Program Printed Sources” – Discovery Center
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch on own
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Research on own with assistance from librarians when needed.  
    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Coolest Discoveries—Sharing and Prizes

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 3

    Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

    The third week of Family History Month 2016 Has a number of our special days: Sunday is A Day in Allen County; Thursday is a Family History Day for Homeschoolers; and then spend a Day with Juliana Szucs of Ancestry on Saturday, but we have several more concentrated programs, also!

    Join Cynthia Theusch in “Finding Ontario’s Genealogical Information and Documents” on Sunday October 16, 2016, at 1:00 PM in the Discovery Center. Discover what records are available here in The Genealogy Center and on the Internet. Locate libraries, archives and government programs that house records and documents to add to your research.

    Kay Spears will show you the “Basics of Scanning Photographs” on Monday October 17, 2016, at 2:30 PM in the Discovery Center. Learn about one of the ways to save your family photographs. This session will cover the basics of scanning, from how to handle your photographs to in which file format your photographs should be saved. There also will be time for a scanning demonstration, and you are invited to bring a few photographs to scan and save to a USB drive.

    On Tuesday October 18, 2016, Melissa Tennant will discuss “Using FamilySearch for Your Genealogy” at 6:30 PM in Discovery Center. Learn the search techniques that can maximize your experience and discover the billions of records available on this free website.

    Computer Interest Group Meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday October 19, 2016, at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room B.

    And on Friday Oct 21, 2016 Sara Allen will demonstrate “Using U.S. Records to Find Your Immigrant’s Link to the Old Country.” Don’t skip important steps in finding your ancestor’s home village. Before crossing the pond and searching in European records, fully investigate American records about the immigrant and his family. Topics covered include: starting with U.S. records and moving back in time to the immigrant, finding records of the journey to America, and finally, identifying the village of origin in Europe. Join her at 10AM in the Discovery Center.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thursday October 13, 2016 is “A Day with Jessica Trotter”

    Sunday, Oct 09, 2016

    Join us as we welcome Jessica Trotter to The Genealogy Center and she shares her knowledge and stories with us! Jessica will present “Scandalous Ancestors” from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center, with ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that begins in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. Then come back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for “Tracking My Trotters: A Case Study in African American Research.” Sorting out her father’s family has been a joy for Jessica… and maddening. But it’s also offered great lessons in research and made our history as a country more real—from the Second Great Migration, to the Jim Crow South, to Slavery.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • October 16, 2016: A Day in Allen County

    Friday, Oct 07, 2016

    We invite you to capture A Day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, October 16, 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 brief description you would like put with the picture.

    If it’s happening in the twenty-four hours of October 16th, it’s worth capturing!
    ∙ Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    ∙ Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    ∙ Upload pictures at
    ∙ Instagram @GenealogyCenter
    ∙ Visit Our Community Album

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 2

    Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016

    The second week of Family History Month starts out with guest speaker, attorney David Singleton presenting “Legalese for Genealogists,” on Sunday October 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center. David will provide information on where to look for a birth certificate or divorce record, provide insight as to what all that legal jargon in will means as well as discuss many common legal terms with simple explanations as well as provide examples of where you might find records, plus he also will answer questions you may have on archaic legal terms you have discovered in your ancestors’ documents, though he asks that you submit these terms to Genealogy@ACPL.Info prior to the presentation. (Please note that there will be no legal advice given during this talk. The purpose of this presentation is solely to provide a general understanding of legal terms.)    

    Kay Spears will present the second “Photoshop Elements Alternatives” on Monday October 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom on the first floor. Kay will explore some different different free programs that may be used as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and discuss the pros and cons of each program. Bring your images on a USB drive and experiment Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

    Is DNA all Greek to you? Come to “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy,” presented by Sara Allen on Tuesday October 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center and learn about the three major tests for genealogists - the Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal tests. By the end of the session, you will know how to use DNA testing to enhance your traditional genealogical research.

    Join the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A learn “Did It Really Happen That Way? Documenting Oral History,” presented by Delia Bourne. Maybe you've grown up hearing “the legend,” or maybe it's a family tale you've just heard for the first time. The story sounds like a novel, but the person who told it wouldn't lie, right? Learn how to use the clues in a family anecdote to research its accuracy, and decide how to include it in your family history.

    Thursday October 13, 2016 is “A Day with Jessica Trotter” in the Discovery Center. Join us from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to hear about “Scandalous Ancestors,” for ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that begins in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. Then come back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for “Tracking My Trotters: A Case Study in African American Research.” Sorting out her father’s family has been a joy for Jessica… and maddening. But it’s also offered great lessons in research and made our history as a country more real—from the Second Great Migration, to the Jim Crow South, to Slavery.

    On Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. John Beatty will present “German Resources in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library” in the Discovery Center. He will discuss the many research tools, guidebooks, maps, and genealogical works that can help researchers find their German ancestors, and which will point to other records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as well as in Germany itself.

    Finally, on Saturday October 15, 2016, Delia Bourne will help you in “Discovering Confederate Pensions” at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center. Learn the history of pensions for former CSA soldiers and how to find them.

    And that will wrap up the second week of Family History Month 2016! For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Beginner’s Day – Saturday, October 8, 2016

    Sunday, Oct 02, 2016

    Congratulations! You’re on the road of family discovery, wanting to learn more about those who came before you. Maybe you have already started by trying, or talking to your relatives, or maybe you are just curious about the paths your research will take you. We want to help you navigate your journey with a day for beginners – or for those who want to make sure they have the process well in hand.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Starting a Family History Journey – Delia Bourne.
    Discover the basics of gathering information from your living relatives and family sources, and the importance of organization in the research process. A brief overview will be provided on what records you may discover in your search, and how those records may be used to further your family story. An introduction will be provided to’s census collection and how to use it as a springboard to other records. Finally, a tour of The Genealogy Center will be offered to familiarize you with what can be found.

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Beyond Just Starting – Delia Bourne
    Learn how to verify the information you find, and the importance of documenting what you find as well as where you find it. Discover how to harvest as much information as possible from various records. You will see how to use the free FamilySearch website, and be provided with a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s licensed databases.

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Beyond Hatched, Matched & Dispatched: Methods for Finding Our Families’ Stories – Melissa Tennant
    There is so much more to learn about our ancestors and their families than can be discovered just through census and vital records. Methods for discovering other resources to find more information about our families and the stories of their lives will be shared.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 1

    Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

    It’s that time again: Family History Month, and we at The Genealogy Center have a great month planned, with all sorts of great activities! The first week alone is a great kick-off!

    We start with “An Afternoon of Storytelling,” on Saturday October 1, 2016, 4:00 p.m in the Discovery Center where Curt Witcher and Aaron Smith will lead a variety of individuals in telling stories and explain why storytelling is so important. Ake time to be inspired to tell your stories!

    On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Allison Singleton will meet you at 1:00 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main St., Fort Wayne for “Cemeteries Are Not Just for Ghosts: Lindenwood Cemetery.” This program will take place in Lindenwood Cemetery.  Come learn basic cemetery etiquette, participate in a scavenger hunt to search for unique gravestone carvings and symbolism, and learn how cemeteries can be helpful for family history research. We will also participate in a brief tour of the cemetery. Meet at the Lindenwood Parking Lot, 2324 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. Please dress comfortably for walking outside.

    Kay Spears will provide the first of two separate sessions on “Photoshop Elements Alternatives” on Monday October 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom on the first floor. Kay will explore a number of different free programs that may be used as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the pros and cons of each program. Bring your images on a USB drive and experiment. The second session is Monday, October 10th, at the same time. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

    Since this is the first week of Family History Month, we are offering “Beginner’s Guide to Vital Records” on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. Delia Bourne will explain what can be found in a vital record, and what other sources may be used when the official record is missing.

    Allison DePrey Singleton will provide a nice break on Wednesday October 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. with “The Genealogy of Beer” in the Discovery Center. Breweries have a history in Fort Wayne almost as long as Indiana has been a state. With this rich and bubbly heritage, it is only natural to look at the history and genealogy of some of the well-known breweries and brewers in this city. Come learn about beer and perhaps pick up a few tips on learning how to research the occupations of your own ancestors.  

    Have you done a DNA test for genealogical purposes? Do you completely understand the results you received? Do you need advice in interpreting your results? Are you interested and wonder what the best test is for you? Come to the “DNA Interest Group Meeting” to share and learn from each other on Thursday October 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. We plan to make this a regular Group Meeting, so be there for the first!

    And on Friday October 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center Cynthia Theusch will demonstrate the basic features of “RootsMagic Software.” Learn about the “what’s new” features and tips to help you add family facts, photos and source citations. The presenter also will show how to search the Internet while in the RootsMagic program.

    So that’s the first seven days of Family History Month 2016! For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Door Prizes!

    Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

    This year, Family History Month not only offers great opportunities for entertainment and education, you may also win a prize!

    Grand Prize Drawing: For every program you attend, you will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes. There is not a limit and you do not need to be present to win. There will be several runner-up drawings for other prizes.
    Grand Prizes including:
      * World Subscription to Ancestry
      * FindMyPast Subscription
      * FamilyTree DNA Kit
      * Membership to the Indiana Genealogical Society
      * Membership to the Indiana Historical Society
      * Prizes from Visit Fort Wayne
      * And More!

    Social Media Drawing: For every interaction with us on Facebook during the month of October, you will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes.

    Prizes including:
      * One Night Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott including parking and complimentary breakfast for two
      * U.S. Subscription to Ancestry
      * FindMyPast Subscription
      * Prizes from Visit Fort Wayne

    Read about all of the great events for Family History Month!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Miami Indian Materials Now Online!

    Friday, Sep 23, 2016

    We have several items online now that formerly have only been available as print resources.

    The first is Payments to Miami Indians, 1859. This is a transcription of original payrolls owned by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society which lists Miami heads of families and individuals who were living east of the Mississippi River and received a payment in 1854.

    Next is Records of the Miami Indians of Indiana, which contains three parts: the 1895 Annuity Payment Roll of the Miami of Indiana who were, at that time, living in Kansas, Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory; a collection of newspaper stories on the Miami; and a copy of Chief Godfory’s “Miami Indian Stories,” published in 1961. All of these items are name and keyword searchable.
    The last item was from a microfilm collection of Annuities and Census of the Miami Indians. Included are Annuity Payrolls for 1882, 1891, and 1895, the Annuity Payroll for the Eel River Tribe, 1889 Annuity, a transcription for a land division for Francis Godfroy, and the 1881 Census of Miami Indians in Indiana and elsewhere. All of these items are also name and keyword searchable. 

     If you are seeking information on the Miami Tribe of Indiana, these sources would be a good place to search.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Histories, Photos & Charts

    Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016

    We’ve recently posted a number of new Family Resources on our Free Databases webpage, starting with Haller/Gibboney/Baldwin Family History and Kaess-Dawson Family History from regular contributor Brian Paul Kaess. These items, as usual, are well researched, and provide citations and are indexed.

    Arnolds in “Western Maryland Catholics” is an extract of Arnold family members found in “Western Maryland Catholics, 1819-1851,” by Richard T. Koch. The extracts provide the information as well as the citation in the book.

    Jean Francis Knight provided Miller, Martin, Scott, Price, Collins, Curtin, Francis: They Came From the British Isles to America. This item is also keyword searchable and provides citations.

    Ancestors of James Norman Pence of Fort Wayne, Indiana, provides fourteen generations from James back and provides photographs when available and more than 60 pages of citations.

    And we also have scans of the Letters of Wilbur Churchward during his Civilian Conservation Corps service with Company 544 in Upland, California and Enaville, Idaho. Dated 1934 to 1936, these letters show a young man who is far away but keeping up with family and friends.

    Next we have two photographic collections. The Helen Adams Harrod Photographs from Indiana and Ohio provides both the photo and the back of each, with identifying information, which can be lacking, such as the photo of a small child on a tricycle simply labeled Annabelle. The other is the Photo Album of the Lawrence Till Family of Allen County, Indiana, which had a number of rural and agricultural and rural photos from Washington Township.

    Finally, we have some very interesting sources, and there is a story to these. Along with other genealogical material that is donated to us, we receive charts. Many of these are huge, filled with tiny printed names, dates and places. Valuable sources but what do we do with them. In the past, many have been folded into some smaller size and bound to make a book-like resources. Preserved, yes, but the folds will eventually cause tears and the information across the folds can be lost. Through the efforts of some of our scanning partners and our tech, several of these charts have now been scanned and are available on our website. But, wait! There’s more! Once you open the chart, you can click on a section to view an enlargement of the section! This make these sources much more usable! These charts are the Caulkins-Ancestry of Almira Caulkins Chart and the Ancestors and Descendants of Roswell and Eunice (Hine) Caulkins Chart the Maternal and Paternal Fan Charts of the Herbert Eliot Family, The Genealogical Record of the Powers, Harris and Allied Families, More Particularly of the Descendants of Nathaniel Powers and Esther Johnson, John Hough Harris and Lucy May chart, and Descendants of Peter and Elizabeth (Woods) Wallace Chart. Names can be searched in all of these through the Federated Database search on our homepage (where it says “Search our Free Databases).

    Thanks to all who contribute and who helped us scan and make these materials available.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Groups at The Genealogy Center

    Saturday, Sep 03, 2016

    It has been a busy month here at The Genealogy Center.  We hosted the IFLA Preconference here three weeks ago, followed by a family association researching and collaborating for a couple of days.  Then two weeks ago, we had the NGS group and the Montgomery County Chapter of OGS visiting.  We love having groups visit!  

    When planning your next family reunion, genealogical society outing, or a friend trip, consider making The Genealogy Center part of your gathering.  Our new Discovery Center is the perfect place to have meetings, pop-up consultations, and/or presentations.  

    We ask that you let us know when you plan on coming.  While discussing your group’s visit, you can request and arrange brief pop-up presentations and tours. It’s a win-win, with a great collection and a wonderful space for discovering family connections.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases from Across America

    Saturday, Sep 03, 2016

    We have posted a number of new databases for Allen County, but remember, we have a national collection and we like material from all over! We start off this set with a number of cemetery lists, starting with Cemetery Records of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. This compilation is the copyrighted work of the Manitowoc County Genealogical Society, the Manitowoc Public Library, and the West Foundation. It is through their generosity that this work is presented here. This digitized volume starts with a nice table of contents, which will guide a researcher to tips for researchers, abbreviations used in family history and various religious denominations and ghost cemeteries, then the cemetery listings organized by township. The more than 4000 pages are also name searchable. 

    The next three come to us from T. Bradford Willis, DDS, of Waco, Texas. First Street Cemetery and  Greenwood Cemetery are in McLennan County, Texas, and Sand Flat Cemetery, is in Austin Texas. All three consist of very clear photographs of very clear photographs of each of the tombstones.

    A photograph was passed to us recently of a fire in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio on 26 January 1929, at two local oil companies. A brief account of the fire is included and the death certificate of the only fatality, James Wayland.

    We also have the Radiator yearbook of Somerville High School in Middlesex County, Massachusetts for 1947. Typical of the era, there are photos of faculty and seniors, class histories, photos of sports and various organizations and seniors’ photos as children. Included are senior Edward Cruz’s report card and an image of his school beanie.

    We also have the New Lisbon Farm Telephone Directory, Otsego County, New York for 1924, which includes the rules and hours for the exchanges.  

    We have records of the Women's Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church or Illinois, Indiana, Michigan. Most of the material is for annual conferences in the early 2000s, but the Indiana section does include the minutes of the Women's Mite Missionary Society of the Indiana Conference. 

    Finally, we have the Marathon day Program of the Woman’s Benefit Association of the Maccabbees for 1923 in Los Angeles Co, California. This gathering was an international event which included women from all over the United States and Canada. This 80-page

    We hope that you may look and find useful and interesting information in some of these new sources.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - September 21 and 27, 2016

    Sunday, Aug 28, 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, from 2PM to 4PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and 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!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Mystery of Susan Man McCulloch’s Miniature

    Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

    by John

    The resolution of a historical mystery is always a cause for rejoicing, especially here in The Genealogy Center when the mystery involves the early history of Fort Wayne. Hugh McCulloch (1808-1895) and his wife Susan (Man) (1818-1898) were early influential pioneers of our city. Hugh became a prominent banker and would eventually serve as Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln. The story of Hugh’s courtship of Susan, whom he met in 1836 when he was a young widowed banker and she an unmarried schoolteacher, is chronicled poignantly in their correspondence, most of which is housed in the Lilly Library of Indiana University, though The Genealogy Center has a typewritten transcript. Both were excellent writers and provided some of the most vivid descriptions of Fort Wayne society from the 1830s through the 1860s of any writers, making their correspondence an important source for the cultural history of the city. Through the letters we learn much about churches, politics, rivalries, socials, and even recipes that provide an unusual window on their times.

    After meeting and establishing a close friendship with her future husband, Susan returned to her home in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1837. As a Christmas present, she had her miniature painted by Charlotte Deming, and sent it to her suitor. Hugh wrote on December 22, “…Your miniature came safely to hand. The more I gaze upon it the more I admire it. It is the best I have ever seen. All of my friends to whom I have shown it think it an admirable likeness. When I am alone I keep it constantly before me. I cannot tell you how highly I prize it.”

    Susan, in her reply, expressed her anxiety over it. “I was very uneasy about it and therefore feel quite relieved. I feared you would not like the dress when it was taken but Cornelius thought it could not be improved, and Miss Deming said that it would look natural much longer for being plain as the fashions of “neckerchiefs” change so often. I am very happy to hear that you think it a good likeness. You can paste a piece of paper over the glass to hide the dress. Perhaps it will give you some pleasure to know that I do not dress so always.”

    This playful exchange by the couple has always shrouded a deeper mystery: What happened to the portrait, and where is it now? There are many later portraits of Susan and Hugh extant in various collections, but this miniature has eluded Fort Wayne historians. But the mystery is now over.

    Recently, a collector found the miniature and was able to acquire it from a descendant. He was very generous to share a scan of it for The Genealogy Center’s collection. We are delighted to share it and to know that a small part of this couple’s historically significant correspondence can now be better illuminated.
    Susan Man McCulloch miniature by Charlotte Deming

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Even MORE Free Allen County Resources

    Monday, Aug 22, 2016

    We’ve recently added more Allen County material to our Free Databases and they are all materials to view, even if you are not a Fort Wayne native!

    School yearbooks are a wonderful source. Some of our most heavily used materials here in The Genealogy Center are the local yearbooks for the local elementary, middle (junior) and high schools. We have an almost complete collection of the high schools and most of the middle schools, but elementary yearbooks were not regularly collected or published until the latter half of the twentieth century. However, recently one of our volunteers came across the Harmar School Readiol for 1946. The yearbook was designed and produced by students, primarily on a mimeograph machine (remember sniffing the ink?). Included are brief histories of the area and the school, articles describing the year’s activities and student groups, lists of graduates from January and June, providing nicknames, pet peeves and ambitions for each graduate. Following that, there are pages of photographs of the graduates that are not mimeographed. Finally, there are jokes and advertisements for local businesses. Because of these last two sections, you get a history of the area, through the ads, and a feel for the culture, through the jokes, which were still heavy with humor rooted in World War II.

    Another new addition is the St. Jude Catholic Church, History of the First Fifty Years, 1929-1979. This searchable document provides a history, list of priests and Sisters of Providence for the school, charter members, and photos of the First Communicant class of 1929 and graduating classes of 1930 and 1953. 

    We have also added the 1957 Diocese of Fort Wayne Annual Manual. This searchable document contains a history of the diocese, lists of clergy, administrators, parishes, schools and missions, calendars and more. This is an extremely valuable resources for anyone searching Catholic church records in northeast Indiana.

    The Twenty-fifth or Silver Anniversary of the Fort Wayne Orphan Home of the Reformed Church in the United States, published in 1908, does not list any children, unfortunately, but does list donors who helped retire the Home’s debt, supportive politicians and advertisements.

    The 1953 Sears Grand Opening advertisement, for the new store at Clinton at Rudisill Streets, illustrates the new building and touts the highlights, like free parking and air conditioning, and information on the four days of sales, like a $30 full-length women’s coat, men’s leather coats for $14.88 and $99 chrome-plated dinette sets.

    Finally, we have a collection of unidentified photos by Magnus O. Schoenherr, a Fort Wayne Photographer in the early 1900s. Most of the twelve photographs are single sitters, children, young men or women, but there is one couple and a group photo taken at Robison Park on August 1, 1909. Contact information is provided, in case anyone recognizes any of these people. Have a look and see who you might know!
     Robison Park

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Labor Day Weekend Hours

    Friday, Aug 19, 2016

    The Genealogy Center, like all Allen County Public Library facilities will be closed Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th in honor of Labor Day. Take this time to note all of your ancestors' occupations! We will be open our regular hours of 9AM to 6PM on Saturday, September 3rd, and will reopen for our regular hours on Tuesday, September 6th.
    Labor day workers

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Sunday September 11th: Be a Tourist in Your Hometown!

    Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

    To help residents (and visitors!) “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown,” Special Collections of the Allen County Public Library is offering two different tours on Sunday, September 11, 2016. We are inviting you to attend either – or both!

    The first set of tours is of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, and will begin at 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM and 3:30PM at the entrance to The Genealogy Center on the second floor of the Main Library. Our Lincoln librarians will intrigue you with unique materials from this renowned collection of Lincoln documents and artifacts.

    The second set of tours is of the Fine Book Room, and will begin at 1PM, 2PM, 3PM and 4PM, also at the entrance to The Genealogy Center on the second floor of the Main Library. See some of the finest volumes in the ACPL collection, both artistic and historical.
    Sign up for either or both of these tours by calling 260-421-1225, or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Additional Allen County Resources

    Monday, Aug 08, 2016

    There are a number of fabulous additions to our Fort Wayne and Allen County Resources that researchers and residents will find interesting. First is the Tom Mungovan Funeral Home Records, which consist of 1720 records and 3162 images. Thomas E. Mungovan opened his funeral home at 2221 South Calhoun in 1942, advertising personal service "to provide the means of paying the finest tribute to the memory of those who have gone on - without hardship to those who remain and must live." The family has continued the business since his death in 1981. In 1987, through the generosity of family members, copies of the records, dating from 1942 to 1987, were donated to the Genealogy Department and bound in eight volumes (977.202 F77TO). In 2015, the family again offered The Genealogy Center access to their 1980-2014 records, which have been digitized, for the use of family historians.
    We now have Fort Wayne Fire Department annual reports, 1961 and 1962 to add to our FWFD collection. These annual reports consist of a letter to the mayor, recommendations for the coming year, progress report of earlier recommendations, roster of personnel, a master plan map of Fort Wayne showing locations of existing, relocated and proposed fire stations and more.

    There is also the St. Joseph Hospital (Nursing School) Retrospect for 1931. This yearbook provides photos of faculty, staff and students, alumnae from 1921 to 1930 with names and locations, and “scrawls,” autographs of fellow students to Luella Stark, in the Intermediate class.

    We have the terrific Fort Wayne Sister Cities, International Scrapbook, which includes information about Fort Wayne’s sister cities, Takaoka (Japan), Plock (Poland), and Gera (Germany), with photos, newspaper clippings, proclamations, charters and more.

    We added two additional land abstracts for Louis Fox Addition, Lot 64 (Kinnaird Street, between Webster and Hoagland) and Lillie Place Addition, Lot 86, N 50 ft, (corner of Ethel and Irene Avenues). An abstract (history of ownership) used to accompany the deed to each piece of property, but now title searches are performed each time the land is sold, so the historical abstracts, although fascinating for historical researchers, are often discarded. If you come across one, in Allen County or elsewhere, discard it our way, please!

    Finally, we have a Wolf & Dessauer, Menu, 1940. W&D was one of the largest department stores in Fort Wayne and its Tea Room (for the ladies) and Men’s Grill were the places to go for lunch. The daily specials for June 15th included Bakes Stuffed Pork Chop with two sides and dessert for 60 cents, or Chicken Fricassee for 75. W&D’s was forward thinking, so they also offered a vegetarian option for 55 cents. Sandwiches included sliced chicken for 40 cents or salmon salad for 20. Desserts included “homemade” pies and cakes at 10 cents a serving. The back of the menu was a souvenir historical map of Fort Wayne.

    All of these are great additions to our collection of local history!
    W&D map 1940

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Family Resources

    Friday, Aug 05, 2016

    We’ve been very fortunate recently with a large number of new Family Resources on our Free Databases!

    Susan McNelley produced several works that she has allowed us to post, starting with her Following the Maple Leaf Trail: The French-Canadian Ancestry of Joseph Gilman of Taylor County, Wisconsin. This work not only discusses the Gilman family who came from Quebec to New York and on to Wisconsin, but also life among Canadian fur traders, dit names, King’s daughters, midwives of Quebec and more. A very informative work and worth the time to peruse! There are two volumes of Ms. McNeeley’s Aschenbrener family histories: Aschenbrener Roots in the Bavarian/Bohemian Borderland: George and Monika Aschenbrenner of Northern Wisconsin and Aschenbreners of the Wisconsin Northwoods: George and Marietta Aschenbrener of Northern Wisconsin. The first volume covers George and Monika, the immigrants to America, their ancestors and home in Europe and their children. The second volume details the family of their son George and his wife Marietta Gilman. Both volumes are keyword searchable and contain photos and other documents. Her Johnston Family History: Ancestry of the Edward Johnston Family of Fort Wayne, Indiana is the story of the lives of Norma, Edward and Gerald Johnston and their Scots-Irish and German ancestors, and McNelley Family History: The Ancestry of the Oscar McNelley Family of Chicago, Illinois is the history of the McNeeley-Lamb family of New England and the Mikkelsen-Holmes family of Denmark and Chicago. Finally, The Middletons of Gibson City, Illinois chronicles the story of the Middleton, Hoover, Cackley and Howver families. We thank Ms. McNeeley for all of these great family histories!

    James Eckland Dwyer was born in 1944 and died in 2011. His daughter-in-law, Karen Emery Dwyer compiled James Eckland Dwyer's Irish Ancestry to chronicle his Dwyer, Bennett, Murray and Loftus families. Ms. Dwyer also compiled Papa: Gordon Charles Emery which details the Emery, Foote, Donovan and Clancy families. She also produced From the British Isles to America (Williams & Associated Families), which covers the Williams, Pratt, Gough, Butcher, Nibbs, Brennan, Donahue and Shedd families in the British Isles and the United States. We thank Ms. Dwyer for permission to post these items!

    Cindy Peterson of Westerville, Ohio allowed us to post Descendants of Cutlope Gotlieb Hancock, a detailed work of the first four generations of the Cutlope Gotlieb Magdalena Clair Hancock family of Germany, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One can use a keyword search to find names.

    Phillip A. Hawkins generously his two publications on the descendants of John & Mary Molly (Moore) Hawkins, The Jeffery Hawkins's In 1692 America and Sons of Nathan Hawkins. The first provides evidence as to which son of John and Mary was the father of the Hawkins of Union County, South Carolina. The second discusses John and Mary’s second son Nathan. These items provide a detailed analysis of the problem.

    Lorraine C. McClanahan has provided us copies of her Irvine Genealogy and Irvine Index, which begin with John Irvine and Catharine Garrioch of Scotland. Both works have keyword search capability.

    We have the 1989 program of the Fred W. Jones Appreciation Dinner in Merrillville, Indiana where he was a teacher and coach for many years. And we have two silhouettes and brief biographies of William Haight Leggett and his wife Margaret Peck Wright of New York. These images were donated by Cory Randall.Randall

    Finally, we have Descendants of John Vestall, and The Family of Anne Russell, 1548-1593, both of which were by researcher Drew Blaha of North Carolina. We thank all of these researchers and donors for making our Family Resources page their home.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center