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  • New Free Fort Wayne & Allen County Resources

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    We have a few nifty new items on our Fort Wayne and Allen County Indiana Resources page!

    There’s a great Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Home Office Organization, Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 21, 1942 Photograph. You can click for a high-resolution image and can scan round the image. Everyone is sitting, standing and crouching on the steps of the Lincoln National Life Insurance building. There are eleven rows with about 40 to 45 people per row, so it's quite a crowd. It was a sunny day, as people are squinting into the light, but still a bit cool, as you see by all of the fur collared coats the ladies are wearing. I wonder if they knew the photo would be taken that day. Most look like they are wearing their best, and a few ladies have elaborate hats. Most of the gentlemen wearing coats and ties, but maybe against the more relaxed dress codes of today, they just look like they’ve dressed up!
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    We have a Street Map of New Haven, Indiana, from the 1990s. It not only shows streets and annexations, but also subdivisions and the numbered lots in those subdivisions,

    We also have updates to the Marsha Smiley African-American Memorial Collection, with 21 new memorials and 75 images. The collection now has 2527 memorials, consisting of 9172 images. And three additions to Marsha Smiley’s Crossing Opportunity’s Threshold section for Garry Hamilton, Richard Ridley, Jr., and Richard Stevenson.

    There is a new category in the General Electric Collection: General Electric Memorabilia. These images show all types of GE personnel souvenirs and advertising tchotchkes, such as mugs, pens, key chains, service pins, caps, badges, buttons, aprons, replica engine parts, matchbooks and records, such as this image of a souvenir musical 45 RPM record from the General Electric Progressland, part of the 1964-1965 New York City World’s Fair which was mailed to Donald Harrington at the Fort Wayne GE Plant on Broadway Street here in Fort Wayne.
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    Finally, we have new Life Stories in the “Community Interviews.” Donald Doxsee has produced 17interviews concerning the legal profession here in Fort Wayne, including various judges and lawyers. And, also in the Life Stories, Patricia Hatcher was interviewed about her memories about Martin Luther King.

    These are great examples of the variety of sources we are collecting about Fort Wayne and Allen County.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Family Resoources!

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    We have some great new Family Resources on our Free Databases that might just help you in your research.

    We start with Roger Blocks’ Block and Eaton in 2009: A Family History. This 876 page document contains an exhaustive account of the Eaton and Block families in Europe, early America to modern day, with tables of unique surnames, places where family members were born, photographs and an excellent bibliography.

    Ancestors of Charles Salomon; Descendants of Charles Salomon in the 20th Century by Judith Trinklein Cunningham includes a hand-drawn family tree and the family of Charles and Martha Rahdert Salomon family of Fort Wayne.
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    Here we have a photograph of Frank Eden (1866-1961) and wife Mary (Myers). Frank was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and became a Unitarian minister. He served churches in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to California, where he died. We also have Alfred and Sarah Walker photographs, including the reverse sides of the photos.

    Jackie Weeden and Ruby Nelson began collaborating in 1989 and both encountered Whaley records that did not necessarily dovetail into their direct lines, but might for someone else. The nearly 1,000 family group sheets of the Weeden/Nelson Whaley Family Group Sheet Archives were forged from their diligence and generosity. Both Jackie and Ruby are now deceased, but their research lives on at The Genealogy Center’s website!

    Michael Lutz has donated seven new items to the free Family resources, starting with From Benjamin Franklin to Mary Morell Folger to Scottish Royalty to Carmen Linda Lutz which follows the line from the Folger family through the Colemans and Cathcarts to the Luce-Lutz family. Next is From Charles Martel to Charlemagne to Carmen Linda Lutz, which follows the Trowbridge-Prowse family to the Lutz family and From Colonel Israel Angell to Joel Burlingame to Carmen L. Lutz  which includes Burlingame, Hinman, Luce and Lutz families. From Eli Willard Benway to Carmen Linda Lutz covers the Benway, Ratliff and Lutz family, and From Rev. Roger Williams to a Lot of Angells to a Couple of Luce Women to Carmen Lutz (Another Angel), which covers the line from Roger Williams to the Angell family and then to the Luce-Lutz family. From Judge Bowling Green, Abraham Lincoln's Friend and Mentor to Carmen Linda Lutz connects the Green-Batchley family to the Benways, and From Mayflower Ancestors to Carmen L. Lutz connects the Cooke, Warren, Taber, Earle and Baker families into the Burlingames.

    Finally, we have two new Ewing photo albums and three additional sources in Ewing Legacy Images. Few of the photos are identified in the two photo albums. The other sources include a Memoranda book containing addresses, "Recollections of Malvern" (England), containing sketches from in and around Malvern, and the Enfield Public High School Class of 1901 graduation program from Hartford County, Connecticut.

    As always, we greatly appreciate all of these wonderful donations!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for June 2017

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    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 Thursday June 8, 2017 and Thursday June 22, 2017. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Free Family Bibles!

    Tuesday, May 09, 2017

    We have four new Family Bibles for your research needs!

    The copies of the Bashline-Fahler Family Bible was provided by Paul  Knieser to Pamela L. Pletcher Speis, who provided the transcription. It deals with the family of John Michal Fahler and Catherine A. Bashline, who were married in 1856. A portrait is included, which may be Catherine’s parents, Samuel and Mary Ann Beishlein.
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    The transcription for the John and Catherine McElravy Family Bible was also contributed by Pamela L. (Pletcher) Speis, from a Bible owned by William David Neese.

    The first Pyatt and Anna (Knox) Williamson Family Bible was published in 1828, but records contained therein go back to the 1780s and forward to 1963. The Pyatt and Anna (Knox) Williamson Family Bible, published in 1847, also starts at 1789, but stops at 1956.
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    Thanks to all who donated these great sources!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Beautiful Books & City Architecture

    Saturday, May 06, 2017

    by Allison

    Occasionally we come across books in our collection that are unique by virtue of their age, content, beauty, or size.  Showcasing a book of interest can sometimes spark an idea or another way to look at a historical problem.  A lovely book that was recently added to our collection is Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age by Camilo Jose Vergara. 
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    “In the late 1970s, Camilo Jose Vergara set out to reinvigorate the tradition of critical urban photography that dates back to Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives (1890) and to adapt it to what he called “the new American ghetto.” Like Riis, he wished to combine image and text into a synthesis that would both shock and educate.” – Robert Fishman from Detroit is No Dry Bones

    The book is stunning.  It is a poignant photographic journey through Detroit that showcases the fall and more recent rising of the city.  It can show in one photograph a crumbling remnant of a building and the art of a movement to beautify the city.  The art is expression of the people of Detroit, past and present.  The juxtaposition of beauty versus ruin is both thought-provoking and indicative of a city rising. 

    Perhaps finding books like this on your ancestral city might teach you about where the city has been and where it has the potential to go.  It is a beautiful book that shows the love that people have had and still possess for Detroit.  It would be amazing to find a book that evokes such a sense of love for a city.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free databases from States Other than Indiana!

    Wednesday, May 03, 2017

    School records dominate our most recent additions to our Free Databases, so let’s start there!

    We have Gainesville High School Radiator of 1930 from Hall County, Georgia. It’s a typical annual form the time period, with individual photos of seniors and group photos for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, faculty, athletics and advertisements. A nice look at that time these young people’s lives.
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    The Mackenzie High School Stag, 1949, Wayne County, Michigan is another yearbook, but this one has many more photographs of activities and no individual or group photos of underclassmen.

    Buckhannon High School’s Rhododendron of 1923 from Upshur County, West Virginia not only has seniors, juniors and “sophs,” but also includes junior high as well as sports and activities.

    And the West Virginia Wesleyan College Murmurmontis of 1924 from Upshur County, West Virginia is divided into five primary sections: Administration, Classes, Organizations, Athletics, Sports and Advertisements, although there are also smaller groupings of features, including a Humor section for “those who never smile.”
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    There are other items besides schools though, starting with the Early History of St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York from 1861 to 1925, divided into chapters delineated by minister. Also included are Congregational Minutes from 1921 to 1927, compiled in 2008 with a continuation of the history for those same years.
     
    We have a large group photo of the International Association of Machinists Staff Conference Photograph, March 10-11, 1954, Chicago, Illinois. If one clicks on the photo at the database, one can enlarge sections to view the faces more clearly.
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    And finally, we have 109 new Genealogy Tracers Memorials. The collection now has 5274 memorials consisting of 26042 images. These Memorials are terrific sources for African-American research!
     
    Thanks again to everyone who contributed. We really could not do it without you!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Diaries on Our Free Databases

    Sunday, Apr 30, 2017

    We have posted four diaries recently on our Free Family Resources pages.

    The Diary of Ichabod Borror and Madison Ford, partners, of Shadesville, Franklin County, Ohio was written by Borror as the two set out to explore the west and do some prospecting. The diary covers March 1864 to September 1865 and begins as the two travel to Illinois and form a company to share expenses and for safety to head west. This company consisted of Borror and Ford along with R.A. Bowie, Middleton, IL; J. Strader and S. Gipson of Tennessee; and A. McGowan, A.G. Thompson, S.C. Harrell, I. McParks, and A. Emerson of “Gailsburg,” IL, but that partnership dissolved and a new company made up of the two partners with Simeon and Jacob Strader,  David Winner, C. C. Horrell, William Kinkade, J.M. Parks, W.M. Crisp, A. G. Thompson, Marion McCown, Andrew Roberson, and R.A. Bowie, all of McDonough County, IL, and left for Idaho and points west to prospect. Aboard a steamship heading west, Borror notes the death of another prospector, Thomas Parker, on June 4, 1864, before arriving in Virginia City area. The company split up in August, leaving Borror and Ford to go their own way. The two worked over the winter, but by the next summer, the adventure had grown tedious, and many of the area prospectors talked of returning east. Borror and Ford agreed and they left, arriving in late September of 1865. The diary is filled with descriptions of the land and the people Borror encountered. Ichabod, see photo below, settled to farm in Franklin County, Ohio, and married in 1869, living with wife and family until his death in 1920.
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    Dorothy Beuth was born on a farm east of German Valley, Illinois. She was the fourth child of Andrew and Mattie Dahlmeier Beuth in 1905. She was of Ostfriesian German ancestry. Her mother died when she was only 8 years old of Typhoid Pneumonia. Her oldest sister, Amanda, age 18 became the homemaker from then on. Dorothy married Earl Kappenman in 1930, and farmed in in the area. We have the Diary of Dorothy Beuth Kappenman from 1932 till 1945, and is filled with information on friends and neighbors in the Ogle County, Illinois area.

    Elizabeth Sophia Paxton was born in 1861 in Jay County, Indiana. She married William Edmundson in 1879 and they had seven children over the next fourteen years. The Mrs. William Edmundson Diary, Jay County, Indiana covers 1928 to 1932 and in it Libbie records life and the interactions within the family in the book given to her by her youngest daughter, Nila Edmundson Ervin.

    And we have the Diaries and Records of Dale and Wileta Wortman. Dale Wortman and Wileta Emery were married on March 8, 1931 in Van Wert County, Ohio. These materials include a family ledger of important events and purchases from 1931 to 1958; diaries, calendars and expense ledgers for various vacations and business trips from 1938 to 1973; a diary for the cottage in Curtis, Michigan purchased in 1946; and letters by Dale Wortman sent by Mariann Parker Laing sent to Carol Lee Wortman Moellering after the deaths of Dale and Wileta.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Goodenow Photographs: Researching the Origins of Photos

    Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

    By Kay

    Recently we received a rather large donation full of wonderful treasures. Let me introduce you to two of these treasures: Elias and Cynthia Goodenow. How do I know these people are Elias and Cynthia? Well, I’ll tell you. Their names are on the back of a photograph. I found myself asking some questions: What kind of photograph was this and just when was it taken? Let’s look at some of the clues in front of us and arrive at some “sort of” answers. Why sort of? While it may be possible to figure out the kind of photograph we are looking at, we probably will never be able to have the exact date – only a close proximity.
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    Now for the clues. When trying to date photographs you need to look at everything – front and back. We will start with the back. On the back of the images in the upper right hand corner, written lightly in pencil, in squiggly cursive, are the names “Mr. Elias H. Goodenow, Clarendon, Orleans Co. NY” and “Mrs. Cynthia Goodenow, Clarendon, Orleans Co. NY.” But we are not done with the back yet. On the back of Elias’ image there are more clues. We have “At E. Parker’s Gallery Only. Opposite Village Hall, Brockport, NY.” Now, we know who the photographer was (sort of). In the 1863 Rochester City Directory there is a Mrs. E. Parker listed as a photographer at 64 Main, Brockport, NY. But that’s not all that’s on the back. There is also a declaration: “Made with Wing’s Patent Multiplying Camera.” The name Simon Wing is famous in the world of historical photography buffs. Besides being a Socialist, Simon loved to take out patents for cameras, renew those patents and file infringement lawsuits. I found an article online stating June 1862 as a date for his patent on the “multiplying” camera. I was not able to confirm that. What I did find was a request for a patent renewal in 1860 which I believe was responsible for an infringement lawsuit. In 1847, Albert Southworth had patented a multiplying camera for daguerreotype processing. He allowed that patent to expire. Then along came Simon. In 1855 he purchased that patent and refiled on December 4, 1860. Southworth sued, but Wing won. So, at some time after 1860, Wing started selling his Multiplying Camera. This camera could take up to 72 little images on one metal plate – they were called “gem tintypes.” We have a number of dates revolving around this camera, but I’m going to pick the date which has Wing’s name on it – 1860. Remember that just because Wing had a patent for the camera in 1860, doesn’t mean that’s when the photos were taken. What it does mean is that the photos probably cannot be older than 1860. I also found another patent filed by – guess who – Simon Wing in 1863, for a better photographic mounting paper. I believe this is the type of paper used in the Goodenow images. I’m also adding the photographer’s directory date of 1863 to our clues. We now have 1860 and 1863 added to our bucket of clues.
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    Now to the front. First of all, the tiny images are “gem tintypes.” It is matted with thin foil and mounted on a CDV (Carte de Visite).  The CDV was at its most popular between 1863 and 1877, although it made its first appearance in 1859. There is a design around the photograph called a “cartouche.” These were popular between 1862 and 1864. These two images are also tinted; the better tinted images were made during the Civil War.  Let’s add another date, 1864.
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    Last we will look at the people themselves. The problem here is that we are limited as to what we can see. Cynthia’s hair is so dark in the image it’s hard to tell just what style it is, but she either has a large bun or her hair is contained in a snood. There is also something – a ribbon maybe – circling a portion of her hair. She is wearing a broach which has a touch of gold-leaf added to it, and that makes it hard to tell what the broach is. It’s hard to tell what kind of shoulders or bodice she’s wearing, but I would guess that if we saw the entire dress there would be a big puffy crinoline.  If we could see how full the crinoline was, we could arrive at a more accurate date. Elias has on a wide lapel jacket with a vest. It was hard for me to see if the shirt had a collar and whether he was wearing a tie or a cravat. When I zoomed in, the tie/cravat appears to be tucked into the shirt.  Of course, Elias has facial hair and that had also gained popularity during the Civil War, but then, my husband has facial hair and he wasn’t in the Civil War. Cynthia and Elias also show up in the 1860 census. Their approximate ages at that time were 32 for Elias and 26 for Cynthia. Because I think this photograph was probably taken around the Civil War, I’m adding 1865 and 1866 to the group.

    After all of that, we still do not have an exact date, we only have a guess. We know that the multiplying camera was patented in the 1860s, the photographer was in business at least in 1863, we know that Cynthia was 26 in 1860, though she and looks a few years older in this image, and we know that the gem tin-types were popular during the American Civil War. So, here’s my guess – 1863/64/65/66.

    You never know just what path research will take you down or what pieces of information you will pick up as you go. I don’t know too much more about Elias and Cynthia. What I do know is that they were captured by a camera for a brief moment in time and I find that fascinating.

    And just so you can bore your friends at parties I have included some of the sources I used:
    * 1860 and 1880 Federal Census records for New York
    * PhotoTree.com
    * Photo-Sleuth.com
    * Langdon’s List of 19th Century and early 20th Century Photographers
    * 1863 and 1864 Rochester New York Directory
    * Library of Congress
    And I also found the Goodenow Family Association.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • May Event: Her and Me - Finding the Women of My Past - May 20, 2017

    Monday, Apr 24, 2017

    Join us Saturday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM, in the Discovery Center, to learn about finding female ancestors. Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us uncover our female ancestors who are hidden within our family history records. Join Melissa Tennant and discover how to search and locate your female ancestors.To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. For more information, see the brochure.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for May 2017

    Saturday, Apr 22, 2017

    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 Thursday, May 18, 2017 and Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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! To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Yizkor Books & Jewish Research

    Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

    by Delia

    World War II was a desperate time for Europe’s Jews, with millions slaughtered in the Holocaust and more fleeing the Nazi death machine, resulting in the wholesale disappearance of Jewish communities. After the war, the dispersed survivors created Memorial (Yizkor) books to commemorate these lost communities and their residents. The original volumes were in Yiddish, and The Genealogy Center has had a collection of these Yizkor Books for many years.

    JewishGen has undertaken the Yizkor Book Project to republish 800 of these volumes with added translations for ease of use. The Genealogy Center has recently acquired the first 52 of these newly published resources. Read more about the project and come in to take advantage of these wonderful sources.

    Congregation Achduth Vesholom, has also created the Madge Rothschild Resource Center at 5200 Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne, with their Grand Opening scheduled for Sunday April 30, 2017. Join them for an Open House at 2:30 p.m., and keynote speaker, author David Laskin on “One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied The Sweep Of 20th Century Jewish History,” at 4 p.m. Laskin's family's journey began with a Torah scribe and his family in Russia 150 years ago. Events around the family scattered them to America, to Palestine and into Germany to to fall prey to the Holocaust. Join them for this inspiring lecture!
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Indiana Databases

    Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

    We have some great new Free Indiana Databases!

    Golden Moments of Hoosier History by Milford E. Anness was published in 1966 for the Sesquicentennial of Indiana’s statehood. The sixteen page booklet highlights some more unusual bits of Indiana’s history, such as information on the utopian community of New Harmony, the lyrics of “Naptown,” a song in praise of Indianapolis, and closes with William Miller’s poem “Ain’t God Good to Indiana.” Aint Good good to IN

    The 98-page booklet Indiana Basketball Handbook, 1975-76 really touches on what’s important in Indiana. Produced by Citizens National Bank of Columbia City, this item contains the basketball out look for Indiana for the 1975-1976 season with high school and college game schedules, tournaments, All-Stars for Indiana and Kentucky, photos of players and general information on and sections on the ABA and NBA.
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    Tippecanoe was published by the Tippecanoe Sesquicentennial Committee in Battleground in 1961, and includes fictionalized accounts of the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.

    Hope, Indiana has a rich history dating back to 1830, when the Moravians settled in the northeastern corner of Bartholomew County. In 1975, the Yellow Trail Museum opened. This museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the town's history for the public. Forty years after opening, the facility has expanded with a bigger showroom and is currently developing a genealogy research room to focus on the local history and families. Although the new research room won't open until mid-2017, some old Church Records are being preserved and made available to the public via the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center website, including Clifford Christian Church, covering 1897 to 1982, and Hawcreek Baptist Church Records, covering 1830 to 1920,

    Maria Creek Baptist Church in Knox County Indiana, was founded in 1809 and abandoned in 1947, although former members returned for annual meetings for about a decade. In 1963 the building was relocated to the campus of Vincennes University to serve as an interdenominational chapel. This booklet recounts a brief history of the congregation.

    William M. Williams supplied his Richland Christian Church, Record Book 1825-1875, Monroe County, Indiana. This item provides a list of members from 1864 to 1975 and Mr. Williams also compiled an every name index to this handwritten document.

    We also have the Annual Report of the First Baptist Church, 1977, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana, which includes a message from the pastor, a church schedule, lists of new members, losses and deaths, and information about various groups within the congregation.

    The Spencerville High School, Beacon, 1942 from DeKalb County, Indiana, was published by the Senior Class and is dedicated for former Spencerville students away in the war. It includes individual photos of the seniors, class photos of grades 1 through 11, staff, activities, and an alumni roll from 1909 to 1940.

    And, finally, another cemetery indexed and made available from Jim Cox, this one is Elizabethtown Cemetery in Delaware County, Indiana. Each entry provides name, dates, and occasionally, notes, such as “son of,” “wife of,” or military notations.

    We thank everyone for helping us make our website robust and free to all!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Our Military Heritage – New 20th Century Documents

    Friday, Apr 14, 2017

    Our friends have been very generous lately with military records. This time we will look at new 20th Century records.

    We have Story of the Thirty-Third Division in World War I. This regimental history was published by the Chicago Daily News and mentions many of the soldiers by name. Third Squadron Air Service: September 15, 1918 to January 24, 1919 consisted of 152 men, mostly from the Midwest. Each man is listed with his rank and home address. 
    We have a high resolution image of a photograph of the 375 Co., 409 M.S.T., Lt. Morris Knapp, Commanding, also from World War I. Finally we have an update consisting of “Letters Received” and “Miscellaneous Documents” for the Alois Masbaum WWI collection.

    We have images of W.A. Clarke’s V-Mail from Europe in 1945 to his family in Crown Point, New York. We have records for Allen Henry Wisely and Walter Wisely, of Fort Wayne, both in the US Navy in World War II. The records were scanned by family friend and Genealogy Center volunteer, Don Weber, and contain photographs, Christmas and post cards and clippings.
     
    Ornell Stauffer, US Army Air Corps, was a hero in World War II. This Hoosier was shot down over Japan in 1944 in his plane. “Calamity Sue,” named for his baby daughter. His widow and daughter finally received his medals in 2015.

    Images of War: The Pacific Theater, published by the World War II Memorial Society offers pages of photographs of events in the South Pacific. And we have a commemorative booklet for Aro Equipment Corporation, Bryan, Ohio, in 1943 when the company won the Army Navy E for Excellence Award, which includes a list of all employees serving in the military.

    We have a history of the 3rd and 14th Field Hospital in the Korean War. Besides a history of the combined units, there are photographs of the officers and enlisted personnel.

    Donald G. Allen of Bedford, Indiana served in the United States Navy from 1951-1955. He was a fire control technician third class on the battleship USS Wisconsin and saw combat in the Korean War. Sara Allen donated his photograph collection from his time in service, including other service members at work or play and visitors to the ship.

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    Finally, we have various military records of our fabulous volunteer, Don Weber, who served in the US Navy during peacetime. These documents include ID cards, evaluations, shore patrol assignments, examinations and much more. Don also provided the World War II records of his father George Anthony Weber, who served with the US Army in Europe. These records include his discharge, ration cards, Christmas cards, post newsletters, post cards, and letters. One photo, shown here, is of George holding hands with his young son, Don, all dressed up in his miniature uniform. It’s a beautiful family moment!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Even More Free Family Resources

    Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

    Let’s start with the Asia Rohn Family, which includes the 1849 appointment for Asia as First Lieutenant of the 68th Pennsylvania Militia. The Slaughter Family Materials are photos of this Kansas family.

     

    Dennis McClurg donated his Massey Osborne and Runnymede Farm which deals with Massey Osborne who married first Hugh Ferguson then William Castleman, and the farm (house pictured below) located in what is now Frederick County, Virginia. Dennis has also donated his Eleanor Harbin (1736-1840): Woman of the American Revolution. Eleanor was born in 1736 and married William Triplett in 1757. He died in 1782. Her husband and at least three sons fought in the American Revolution and she supplied more than a thousand pounds of beef to the North Carolina Militia.
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    We have Descendants of John Porter and Sarah Null Porter & Copy from Porter Family Reunion Minutes, 1917-1946. This scan of handwritten material is not searchable, and will have to be browsed but if you are connected to these families, the effort may be worthwhile as the minutes not only include the business part of the reunions, but also vital record notes for family members.

     

    Luigi Castiglione: L’uomo di Pazienza was written by Louis Luardo Castiglione about the Luigi and Maria Castiglione family of Italy and Pennsylvania and New York, and adds memories concerning family and neighbors. We also have Ancestors of Dahlia Marguerite Helm and Louis L. Castilian by Louis Castilian includes information on the Castiglione, Helm, Stockton and Rodes families, as well as a transcription on the diary of Margaret Norman Miller of Walthourville, Georgia as General Sherman’s troops marched through her village in 1864.

     

    In 1976, Robert W. Marhenke (1931 - 2014) of Lincoln, Nebraska received a letter from his young son asking him about his ancestors and grandfather. This began a 40-year project of researching his family's history, leading from Germany in the 1700s to various states in the USA today, including Indiana, Illinois, and Nebraska. Found here are the records, notes, documents, and photos he accumulated during his search, as well as information on intermarried families. The Marhenke Collection was brought to us through Mr. Dan Replogle, who took care of the collection after Mr. Marhenke's passing. Mr. Replogle connected with Mr. Marhenke while researching his own ancestor, Frederich Marhanka (relationship unconfirmed).

     

    William Krause II, Ph.D, provided Krause: Ancestry of William John Krause (Johnny) (June 17, 1915-October 19, 2001) and Hazel Ruby (Nelson) Krause (August 28, 1918 - June 10, 2006), Krause: Beyond Dakota, and Krause: Coming of Age on the Northern Plains, following the Krause, Richter, Peters, Nelson families of Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota and California.

     

    And since we started with a family with a military appointment, let’s end with the image of a 1912 Italian military document for Andres Da Maren. This Foglio di Congedo Illimitato is a discharge paper. 

    Thank you to everyone who contributed!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Our Military Heritage Documents!

    Saturday, Apr 08, 2017

    We’ve had a number of additions to Our Military Heritage!

    Dennis McClurg has donated his Life and Times of Lt. David Randol (1724-1763). David Randol was born in Connecticut and married Temperance Price in 17433. He died at the Battle of Bushy Run in Pennsylvania in 1763, during the French and Indian War. Dennis also donated Private David Randol (1765-1835): Revolutionary War Veteran, who, at the age of 14 years, enlisted in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Army.

    The correspondence, affidavit and summary of Eliphalet Patee’s Revolutionary War service from  Massachusetts includes various documents testifying to his service in the 1830s and several inquiries as on that service in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
    The file for Edmond Pattee, 7th Massachusetts includes service record, affidavits, widow’s record, and the family Bible.

    Sara Allen generously donated War of 1812 records for Jacob Graves, Tennessee Militia. Jacob was born about 1780 in Virginia or North Carolina. He was married to Catherine "Caty" Black on November 17, 1809 in Sumner County, Tennessee. He enlisted in the War of 1812 on November 13, 1814 and was discharged on May 13, 1815, serving in Capt. Neal's Company Tennessee Militia. He died in February of 1838 in Sumner County, and according to family legend is buried in an unmarked grave in Clark-Mandrell Cemetery on Clark Hollow Road. His presumed brother William Graves also served in the War of 1812 from Sumner County, and another presumed brother Frederick Graves served from Allen County, Kentucky.

    Sara Also donated War of 1812 records for James Willison, New York Militia. James was born Nov. 10, 1790 in New York State and died Sept. 9, 1866 in Barry County, Michigan. He was married twice, first to Betsy Williams around 1810 in NY, and second, after Betsy's death, to Margaret Borthwick on June 5, 1825 in Allegany County, NY. James enlisted in the War of 1812 and served with Capt. James Mack's Company of New York Militia. His second wife Margaret applied for a widow's pension after his death.

    We have also posted War of 1812 Pension Records for Jeremiah Slaughter. Jeremiah served in Captain Luther Leonard’s Company of Ohio Militia and received his pension in 1871. Thomas Patten was a midshipman in the War of 1812 on the ships General Pike and the Superior. He applied for bounty land in 1855 and for a pension in 1871. The records posted on our website include his service record, affidavits of service and various correspondence.

    John Archer served in the 32nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. We have his volunteer enlistment record, prisoner of war memorandum, service and pension records, discharge paper, and a photo, seen here, of John and his second wife, Katherine. The records for Aaron Hull, 119th U.S. Colored Troops, includes his pension, widow’s and minor children’s pension records, and proofs of marriage. Records for Johnson Merritt, 117th U.S. Colored Troops, include service and pension records, a history of his disability, various affidavits and widow’s pension records.
    Archer

    William Hinkle served in the 44th Indiana, the 152nd Pennsylvania and the 26th Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The documents we have for him contain discharge records from all three regiments, his journal and some letters.

    We have Civil War records for several members of the Treece family. Records for Isaac Treece, 9th Michigan Infantry consist of his pension file including the questionnaire and various affidavits. The records for Joab Treece, 31st Illinois Infantry, offer pension records, including a declaration for children, marriage record and family Bible. And the records for John Treece, 38th Indiana Infantry, include his pension records, marriage and death records.

    Also added were pension records for several members of the Tharp(p) family. Records for James Tharp, 8th Kansas Infantry, Abraham Thrapp, 24th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Bennet Thrapp, 130th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Elias Thrapp, 155th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, James Thrapp, 63rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and Simeon Thrapp, 4th U.S. Artillery.

    Thanks to everyone who donated! 
     

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  • Free Family Databases!

    Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017

    Today we are highlighting some of new Family Resources in our Free Databases!

    We will start off with Barbier Family Ancestry, but there’s so much more than just the family of Jacque (Jacob) Barbier and Mary Duprey family of France. It also includes Grant, Richardson, Darling, Smith and Boger families, with photos and copies of original documents.
     
    The Bowen Record Book Images were made available through the generosity of Laura Baird Ray, daughter of Janice Nimke Baird who was the daughter of Caroline Miller Bowen Nimke. The original owner of this work was Herbert Bowen of Detroit, MI in 1892. This unique record book details the family and descendants of Richard Bowen. A number of way-points are created to provide direct access to sections of this largely handwritten work. To appreciate the document you are encouraged to browse through the images

    Mary Louis Johnson Mahar has allowed us to post Dawson Claypool Genealogy, detailing of the James Albert Dawson and Margaret Claypool/Cleypool of West Virginia and Ohio, and the King/Collinson Genealogy, on the Corwin Samuel King-Mary C. Collinson family of Ohio. David Sprunk allowed us to post From Berkshire to Elmore: An Introductory History of the Deacon Family which also includes Brunson, Nutt, Gilbert and Humphries families.    
     
    Leslie F. Larson provided a copy of her Zion in the New World: The Lubarskys Find the Goldene Medina which follows the family from Russia, to Philadelphia and on to San Francisco. Below is a photo of the family after they settled in California. Mahar Family, 1810-2016 follows the family of James Mahar and Anna Carrigan from Ireland to Illinois.
    Lubarsky family

    Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Levi Osborn and Catherine (Ashburn) Osborn was compiled by Cressa Obsorn Parker in 1981, revised by Bernard and Caroline Osborn in 1993 and updated again in 2016 by Carolyn Keel Osborn and Glenna Osborn Raber, and includes minutes of the Osborn Reunions from 1928 to 1983.

    And, finally, we have several additions to previously posted materials including more from Brian Paul Kaess with New Addition of Notes on the Kaess Family and Addendum 2 to  “Kaess Ochiltree Swartz Family History”  and more on the Ewing Family: William Ewing Riddle Collection.

    Thanks to everyone for contributing!


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  • Historical Weather

    Sunday, Apr 02, 2017

    Have you ever wondered what the weather was like in past years?  There is a way to look at the average temperature for a month at a time beginning in 1895: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/.  The Farmers’ Almanac website has the history of the weather each day going back to 1945: http://farmersalmanac.com/weather-history/.  You can also get the history of the weather going back to the 1700s through the National Weather Service: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/.  The website only requires payment if you request a certified copy of the documentation.  However, you will still need to make a selection and add it to your cart.  When you check out, an email address is required in order to send the information.  You will not get the information right away but they will email you when the information becomes available.
     
    For more weather history, check out: http://www.weather.gov/timeline

    Henson, Robert. Weather on the air: a history of broadcast meteorology. Boston (Mass.): American Meteorological Society, 2010.

    Mergen, Bernard. Weather matters: an American cultural history since 1900. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

    Moore, Peter. The weather experiment: the pioneers who sought to see the future. London: Vintage, 2016.

    Williams, James Thaxter. The history of weather. Commack, NY: Nova Science Publ., 1999.

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  • New Free Allen County Databases

    Friday, Mar 31, 2017

    We’ve recently added a cornucopia of good items to our Allen County Free Databases!

    We start with The Old Fort - 1816: Frontier Fort to Statehood, a bicentennial publication about the reconstructed Old Fort Wayne, which is located just across the St. Mary’s River from downtown Fort Wayne. This 16-page, booklet provides a history of the Fort of 1816 as well as the Reconstructed Fort, information about life in the area in 1816, a full-color 1817 map of Indiana, a sketch of Fort Wayne in 1816 and a nifty recipe for rhubarb custard pie!

    Moving into the 20th Century, we have the 1983 History of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, by Kathleen Kearns Brita. The Wayne Club and the Commercial Club merged to form the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and construction began on the Wayne Street building in 1926. The history and photos tell just part of Fort Wayne’s great story!

    We always love yearbooks, so next we have Hoagland School Yearbooks, 1957 and 1958. These are for the elementary school, and includes photos of the students by class, teachers photos, activities and an autograph section on which special friends wrote their names or pasted photographs.
     
    Speaking of yearbooks, we also have the Fort Wayne Art School, Art Lights,1929 yearbook. It includes photos of various people connected with the Art School, as well as personal mementos of Anna Marie Woomer of Marion.

    We also have an Exhibit Catalog: Of Growth and Form. The 1976 exhibit at the Allen County Public Library displayed various pieces of art in wood, as well as biographical information on the artists.

    The West Central Home and Garden Tour and ArtsFest booklets from 2012 to 2016 include histories of Fort Wayne’s West Central Neighborhood and highlights various properties in the area with histories and photos.
     
    Thanks to the generosity of Greg Renno, we have the Susan Mann McCulloch Materials: Autograph Book, 1849 Letter, Commonplace Book. It includes autographs, a letter from Susan to her sister, and notes of her studies.

    And thanks to Marsha Smiley, we also have a Scrapbook from the Bahai Community in Fort Wayne. The scrapbook includes photos, telegrams concerning the Dedication Service in 1943, newspaper clippings and various communiques. Thanks also to Marsha for continuing to collect Memorials of local African American residents. Due to a recent donation of 186 additional Memorials, there are now more than 2500 in the collection!
     
    Small, but extremely valuable donations include the Ethel Bell Appreciation Program, 1990, and a Rainbow Club article and Christmas group photo. The Rainbow Club is an offshoot of the Order of the Eastern Star.

    A few new items have been added to our growing General Electric Collection Page. This time they are press releases for February 13, 2017. G.E. was a huge employer in Fort Wayne in the 20th century, and our growing collection consists of archives, photographs and Elex Club materials.

    And to end on a sweet note, we have Wayne Candies Business History, by Randy Harter. Wayne Candies made the beloved Bun Bars here in Fort Wayne and this short article, with a photo of the plant on East Berry, provides a concise account of the business transactions of the company through the twentieth century.
     
    Thanks to everyone for assisting us to expand the collection

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  • New Free Database Additions

    Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

    We have an interesting selection of items that have been added to our Free Databases recently. 

    Thanks to regular contributor, Jim Cox, there are a number of Adair County, Kentucky cemeteries now online to search or browse. These include the A. B. Turner Cemetery, A. Leach Cemetery, Abrell Cemetery, Absher Cemetery, Acree Cemetery, Adkins Cemetery, Allen Cemetery, Andrew Cemetery, and Asper-Yates Cemetery. All may be found at our Other States Databases page under Kentucky.

    We have also posted a four page booklet for Plans for Erecting and Maintaining a Memorial in the Old Cemetery at Cadiz, Ohio (Harrison County). This 1934 booklet presents the plan and pleads for funding, as well as listing the names and years of those known to be buried there and an elevation of the planned memorial.
    Cadiz Cemetery

    Finally, we have Washington: Baltimore and Ohio Guide, a 32-page tourism booklet for the District of Columbia, published by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1929. It contains visitors information and photos of many area attractions, including the Lincoln Memorial, Union Station, and the White House, as well as information on tour trips conducted by the railroad, a history of the B&O, and a listing and map of the locations of the railroad’s passenger ticket offices from New York and the east to Chicago and St. Louis. The photos alone are a fabulous treat!
     

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  • Swiss Church Records Website

    Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

    by John

    The church records of Canton Bern, Switzerland, are among the most complete genealogical resources for any place in continental Europe. Many registers are unbroken back to the sixteenth century. Finding the appropriate register involves knowing the town where a family held citizenship or voting rights. Church registers, at least in theory, contained the record of the births, marriages, and deaths of all those that held hereditary citizenship in that town, even if they resided elsewhere. In most cases, church officials maintained separate registers for hereditary citizens who lived in the town and those living out-of-town (typically called “Auswärtige Bürger”). Sometimes a third set of registers were maintained for town residents who were not citizens (called “Ausbürger”).

    For a number of decades the Family History Library has made the Canton Bern church registers available on microfilm for borrowing. Later, when the microfilms of the registers were digitized, Swiss officials placed restrictions on the images, making the digital versions viewable on Familysearch only to LDS Church members with valid logins or from computers specifically located in LDS Church libraries (not member public libraries). The late genealogist Lewis Rohrbach offered DVDs of the registers at expensive prices, but with his death and the closing of his publishing house, Picton Press, the DVDs are no longer available for sale. The lack of an easy way to view the registers has made it frustrating to Swiss researchers seeking full, convenient access to a large body of material.

    Very recently the State Archives for Canton Bern has made the images of the records available free from its own website. To access the records, go to this link, and click on the small box with the plus-sign to the immediate left of the word “Kirchenbücher.” If the parish you want starts with the letters A through N, you will see a list displayed. If it falls later in the alphabet, click on “Open the next 100 entries,” and an additional 77 towns will appear. In either case, to view the options, click again on the tiny box with the plus-sign immediately to the left of the town you want to view. A list of specific books will appear with ranges of dates. Baptisms are included in books marked “Taufrodel,” marriages are in “Eherodel,” and deaths are in “Totenrodel.” Make note of the Auswärtige registers that recorded the out-of-town citizens. To view the records, double-click on the book you want. A further breakdown of the registers will appear, and you will have to click again on a separate link marked “PDF.” Once you do so, a file of the entire roll will display. Be patient for the download, since it is not instantaneous, especially for larger files.
    Swiss

    The registers are still not indexed. Some names and vital record events can be searched separately through the link to the International Genealogical Index (IGI), available on Familysearch. These references are not linked to specific images and represent only a fraction of the total names. However the IGI can sometimes be helpful for translating a particular surname, since some families in some towns have been extensively researched.

    While we are unable to say when the registers will be made searchable for every name, the fact that they are available at all, freely online, makes this a happy day for genealogists researching this part of Switzerland.  An added bonus is the easy access to the large collection Swiss coats of arms, called “Familienwappen,” also available from the archives’ website. These images display in full color and show the date and town where the arms were granted.


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