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  • Family History Month - Last Days

    Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

    FHMBrickWallllBlog2019A “Brick Wall Panel” with Genealogy Center Sara Allen, John Beatty and Delia Cothrun Bourne will begin the last days of Family History Month on Sunday October 27, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Discovery Center as staff members demonstrate some of the techniques used to tackle these quandaries. We will take three brick wall queries received though our Facebook “Brick Wall Question of the Week” to use as examples to show the methods we use to help you!

    FindPastBlogThen on Thursday October 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center, John Beatty will share “Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry.” This talk will explore the use of Find My Past, a major website for researching Irish and British genealogy. We will look at some of the major components of the database, including the myriad of British census and parish register information, as well as some unique images of Irish sources, both newspapers and manuscripts. We will also explore use of the Periodical Source Index, which is part of this database.

    Remember to register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And remember our social media video tips:
    Monday October 28, 2019 - Do you know that our library has a great collection of Irish local history? Have a look at some of the fabulous and hard-to-find books, right here in our Irish aisles.
     
    Tuesday October 29, 2019:
    Suggestions for searching for a missing man (or woman).
         What does a Tintype look like? Hints for spotting a Tintype.
     
    Wednesday October 30, 2019 - See what City Directories can do for you.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week IV

    Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

    IllnessIBlogThe last full week of Family History Month is packed with great learning opportunities, starting on Sunday October 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center when Delia Cothrun Bourne talks about “What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death. This light-hearted overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors will include where to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

    On Monday October, 21, 2019, Delia Bourne will offer tips on “Saving Digitally from Genealogy Center Resources,” at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. So many great electronic resources are available through The Genealogy Center website, but the mechanics of actually saving what you find to your USB drive can be confusing. Discover how to preserve what you find from various databases, and how to adapt instructions for use on numerous sites.

    MidwesternIBlogDelia Bourne will share “Selected Midwestern Resources at The Genealogy Center,” on Tuesday October 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Although The Genealogy Center prides itself on its extensive collection from all over the United States, the Midwestern collection in exceptional. Come and see a few of the more overlooked resources for the Midwest.

    Sara Allen will offer “Ancestry DNA 101” on Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Have you taken the Ancestry.com DNA test?  Come to this session and learn the basics about Ancestry.com's autosomal DNA test and how to read and interpret your results.  We will discuss the ethnicity estimate, your match page, and other features of the Ancestry DNA experience

    Thursday October 24, 2019 offers a treat at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center when Kim Harrison will discuss “Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answers.” Kim will offer a review of pension records and the value of the information to tell a person’s story. This session is a must for those researching railroad workers after the 1930s.
    FHMMadnessBlog2019
    Friday October 25, 2019, is our Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight in The Genealogy Center. Stay in The Genealogy Center for an evening of research and visiting after everyone has left the Main Library for the evening. You must be in The Genealogy Center before 6 p.m., and you can stay to research until midnight! There are even programs to highlight the evening:
         6:30 p.m.: Finding & Using Catholic Church Records – Pat Stamm
         7:30 p.m.: What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
         8:30 p.m.: Biographical Works in Genealogical Research - Curt Witcher
    Please have your car out of the library garage before 6 p.m.
    FHMJudyrussellBlog2019


    Register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events for these programs! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And Saturday, October 26, 2019 brings “A Day with Judy Russell,” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Theater. The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. The Allen County Genealogical Society and The Genealogy Center join in proudly presenting this special day for genealogists.
    Lectures include:
    “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others—The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments”
    “No Person Shall . . . Gallop Horses in the Streets--Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestor’s Lives”
    “When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records”
    “2019: The Year of the Copyright.”
    For a description of each presentation and information on time schedule or to register, go to www.acgsi.org. This special paid event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation and is a ticketed/paid event.

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

    Monday October, 21, 2019 - What does a Daguerreotype look like? Hints for spotting a Daguerreotype.

    Wednesday October 23, 2019 - Some hints for storing photographs, journals, etc.

    Thursday October 24, 2019 - A richness of resources for Cherokee and Five Civilized Tribes family history in our snapshots.
    – Learn how The Genealogy Center is a great resource for South Africa records.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week III

    Wednesday, Oct 09, 2019

    FHMSingleBlogCynthia Theusch starts Week III of Family History Month by demonstrating “Working with a Single Record,” on Sunday October 13, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. As you are searching through family papers/boxes, have you come across only one record/item for an individual? This program will show you how to search databases and other resources to learn more about that individual.

    FHMMyHeritageBlogMonday October 14, 2019 has Sara Allen “Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition” at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Explore one of the library’s newest on-site genealogical record databases – MyHeritage Library Edition.  Learn tips and strategies for searching this valuable database, find out about the one-of-kind genealogical record collections available on MyHeritage, and more!

    FHMPERSIBlogCome in for the “PERSI Help Session” with Adam Barrone on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. Are you unsure of how to use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)? Adam will help you jump into PERSI to find resources you may have missed. Bring a laptop or tablet which you can connect to the library’s wireless internet along with a list of surnames and geographic locations of interest to you. (Don’t have a laptop or tablet? We will have a few computers to use on a first come, first serve basis.)

    Finally, join the Allen County Genealogical Society Technology Group on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Discovery Center. All are welcome to the ACGSI Technology Group meeting!

    You can now register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

    Sunday October 13, 2019 - What does an Ambrotype look like? Hints for spotting an Ambrotype.

    Tuesday October 15, 2019 - Discover the “dangers” of OCR and digital newspapers.

    Wednesday October 16, 2019 - Explore Native American history and heritage with the Native American Gateway.

    Friday October 18, 2019 - Have Canadian roots? Check out the types of records we have available.

    Saturday October 19, 2019 - Learn about the extensive physical and digital collection of family histories at The Genealogy Center.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week II

    Thursday, Oct 03, 2019

    Family History Month continues with Allison DePrey Singleton telling us “I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More!” on Sunday October 6, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. America’s GenealogyBank is one of the new databases added to The Genealogy Center’s On-Site Databases this year. It contains database collections of Historical Newspapers (1690-1922), Historical Books (1749-1900), Historical Documents (1789-1994), and America's Obituaries (1977-current). The obituary components of this resource make it a particularly valuable tool for genealogy research.
    FHMDeadBlog

     

    The Allen County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting is Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Kayleen Reusser offers “Tips for Interviewing Military Veterans.” Kayleen will share her experiences of interviewing hundreds of veterans of all eras. An interview form will be provided with key questions for securing information about the veteran’s life and military service. Guidelines also will be provided for photographing the veteran, their medals and military souvenirs.
    FHMveteransBlog

     

    And on Saturday October 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m., at the Georgetown Branch, 6600 East State Blvd., Allison DePrey Singleton will discuss “Morbid Genealogy.” It is the season for ghosts, vampires, and witches. While these are not typically part of the genealogical world, we can still discuss the macabre and morbid aspects of genealogy. Take part in an entertaining discussion on morbid genealogy with a Halloween flair.
    FHMMorbidsBlog

     

    You can now register online! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

     

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

     

    Monday October 7, 2019 - Having trouble finding the church your family attended in Germany? Your problem may be geographical. Have a look at Kevan Hansen’s awesome map guides to German parish registers.

     

    Tuesday October 8, 2019 - Discover the various types of records we have to help you as you begin researching your house’s history.

    - Learn how to use DNA testing to identify an unknown grandparent.

     

    Wednesday October 9, 2019 - Discovery tools for finding African American materials in The Genealogy Center’s collection.

     

    Thursday October 10, 2019 - Beginning your Native American/First Nations family history research.

     – Discover how to find post 1819 passenger lists at The Genealogy Center.

     

    Friday October 11, 2019 - Discover why Civil War battle site names are so confusing.

     

    Saturday October 12, 2019 – Explore the African American Newspapers databases available at The Genealogy Center.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 1

    Saturday, Sep 28, 2019

    Family History Month starts off With some great offerings for you!

     

    Join Allison DePrey Singleton on Wednesday October 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Shawnee Branch, 5600 Noll Avenue, for “Food For Thought: Recipes as Memoir,” offering ideas on how to collect and preserve family recipes for future generations and to inspire your family members with stories of loved ones.
    fhmFoodBlog

     

    The DNA & Family History Interest Group Meetings will be led by Sara Allen Thursday October 3, 2019, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Beginners meet at 6:30 p.m. and Intermediate at 7:30 p.m. Come and share questions and answers!

    And on Saturday October 5, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center, Melissa Tennant helps you in “Beginning Your Family History Journey.” Join her for an introduction on how to start your adventure in discovering your family history.
    FHMJourneyBlog

     

    You can now register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

     

    And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

    Tuesday October 1, 2019 – Find amazing resources through the use of the African American Gateway.

     

    Wednesday October 2, 2019 - Discover what we have in our state and subject guides, and where you can get a copy of them.

     

    Thursday October 3, 2019 - Find out what the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is and how it is used.

     

    Friday October 4, 2019 - Do you want to be a better genealogist? Come and take a look at some of the guidebooks we have listed on our Next Steps Pathfinder.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for October!

    Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

    For Family History Month, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? 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. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment! Space is limited!
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • October is Family History Month!

    Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

    Get ready for Family History Month! Aside from great programs, extended research hours and daily one-on-one consultations, The Genealogy Center is offering short video tips published on social media throughout the month! Keep an eye on our social media platforms! Make plans to engage with us in October!
    FHMBlog

    Tuesday October 1, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - Find amazing resources through the use of the African American Gateway.

    Wednesday October 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Shawnee Branch
    Food For Thought: Recipes as Memoir – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Genealogy Video Tip – Discover what we have in our state and subject guides, and where you can get a copy of them.

    Thursday October 3, 2019, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    DNA & Family History Interest Group Meetings - Sara Allen
    Genealogy Video Tip – Find out what the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is and how it is used.

    Friday October 4, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip – Do you want to be a better genealogist? Come and take a look at some of the guidebooks we have listed on our Next Steps Pathfinder.

    Saturday October 5, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Beginning Your Family History Journey – Melissa Tennant

    Sunday October 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More! – Allison DePrey Singleton

    Monday October 7, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip – Having trouble finding the church your family attended in Germany? Your problem may be geographical. Have a look at Kevan Hansen’s awesome map guides to German parish registers.

    Tuesday October 8, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip 1 – Discover the various types of records we have to help you as you begin researching your house’s history.
    Genealogy Video Tip 2 – Learn how to use DNA testing to identify an unknown grandparent.

    Wednesday October 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    Allen County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting: Tips for Interviewing Military Veterans – Kayleen Reusser
    Genealogy Video Tip – Discovery tools for finding African American materials in The Genealogy Center’s collection.

    Thursday October 10, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip 1 – Beginning your Native American/First Nations family history research.
    Genealogy Video Tip 2 – Discover how to find post 1819 passenger lists at The Genealogy Center.

    Friday October 11, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - Discover why Civil War battle site names are so confusing.

    Saturday October 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Georgetown Branch
    Morbid Genealogy – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Genealogy Video Tip – Explore the African American Newspapers databases available at The Genealogy Center.

    Sunday October 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Working with a Single Record – Cynthia Theusch
    Genealogy Video Tip – What does an Ambrotype look like? Hints for spotting an Ambrotype.

    Monday October 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition - Sara Allen

    Tuesday October 15, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip – Discover the “dangers” of OCR and digital newspapers.

    Wednesday October 16, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - Explore Native American history and heritage with the Native American Gateway.

    Thursday October 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    PERSI Help Session – Adam Barrone

    Friday October 18, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - Have Canadian roots? Check out the types of records we have available.

    Saturday October 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Discovery Center
    Allen County Genealogical Society Technology Interest Group
    Genealogy Video Tip – Learn about the extensive physical and digital collection of family histories at The Genealogy Center.

    Sunday October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death – Delia Cothrun Bourne

    Monday October, 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Saving Digitally from Genealogy Center Resources - Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Genealogy Video Tip – What does a Daguerreotype look like? Hints for spotting a Daguerreotype.

    Tuesday October 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Selected Midwestern Resources at The Genealogy Center – Delia Cothrun Bourne

    Wednesday October 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Ancestry DNA 101 – Sara Allen
    Genealogy Video Tip - Some hints for storing photographs, journals, etc.

    Thursday October 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answers – Kim Harrison
    Genealogy Video Tip - A richness of resources for Cherokee and Five Civilized Tribes family history in our snapshots.

    Friday October 25, 2019, Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours, 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
     6:30 p.m.: Finding & Using Catholic Church Records – Pat Stamm
     7:30 p.m.: What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
     8:30 p.m.: Biographical Works in Genealogical Research - Curt Witcher

    Saturday October 26, 2019, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Theater
    A Day with Judy Russell (Paid Event)
    Lectures include:
    **“An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others—The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments”
    **“No Person Shall . . . Gallop Horses in the Streets--Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestor’s Lives”
    **“When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records”
    **“2019: The Year of the Copyright.”
    For a description of each presentation and information on time schedule, go to www.acgsi.org. This special event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation and is a ticketed/paid event.
    Genealogy Video Tip – Learn how The Genealogy Center is a great resource for South Africa records.

    Sunday October 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    Brick Wall Panel – Genealogy Center Librarians

    Monday October 28, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - Do you know that our library has a great collection of Irish local history? Have a look at some of the fabulous and hard-to-find books, right here in our Irish aisles.
     
    Tuesday October 29, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip 1 – Suggestions for searching for a missing man (or woman).
    Genealogy Video Tip 2 - What does a Tintype look like? Hints for spotting a Tintype.
     
    Wednesday October 30, 2019
    Genealogy Video Tip - See what City Directories can do for you.
     
    Thursday October 31, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry – John Beatty

    You can now register online at https://acpl.libnet.info/events! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • All the News That’s Fit to Digitize: News Sentinel Text Archive & Other Fort Wayne Digital Newspapers

    Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

    The News Sentinel Text Archive is a great addition to the various online sources for Fort Wayne newspapers. Join Delia Bourne Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C to explore these fabulous resources for hometown history!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    NewsBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019: Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry

    Monday, Aug 12, 2019

    In this talk, speaker John Beatty will explore the use of Find My Past, a major website for researching Irish and British genealogy. We will look at some of the major components of the database, including the myriad of British census and parish register information, as well as some unique images of Irish sources, both newspapers and manuscripts. We will also explore use of the Periodical Source Index, which is part of this database. Join us Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discover Center!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze. FindPastBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for September 2019

    Thursday, Aug 08, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Thursday, September 5, 2019 and Monday September 16, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • August One-on-One Consultations!

    Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Tuesday August 13, 2019 and Thursday, August 29, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Guest Blog Post on Stories and Heirlooms

    Friday, Jul 05, 2019

    Heart and Sole: World War II Era Shoes Get New Life
    By: Lauren Caggiano, President of WriteOn

    What does it mean to walk a mile in another’s shoes? I experienced this literally after having recently restored my 94-year old grandmother’s shoes. 

    You see, these aren’t ordinary shoes. These are the shoes she wore the first time she set foot on American soil. They are an artifact, a piece of history.

    Her journey here as an immigrant is a story in and of itself. You could call it a storybook romance. She met my grandfather, an American G.I., while he was stationed in her town of Reims, France. He worked for the Signal Corps and was in regular communication with General Eisenhower. 

    Their paths crossed by chance. My grandmother was working for her father at the time and active in her church youth group. In fact, the Catholic Church is what brought them together. A friendship and eventual romance blossomed. They got married and later settled in my grandfather’s hometown of Niagara Falls, NY.  The rest is history, as they say.

    Before Shoes   Before2

    But back to the shoes….my grandma gifted them to me a few months ago when I was down for a visit. She had held on to them all these years. Despite a move across country and the passing of many years, they remained in decent condition. I knew they could be restored to their former glory, so I entrusted them to the care of a local cobbler. He was able to give them new life!

    After Shoes  After2

    My grandmother was pleased with the outcome and shared some thoughts: 

    “I bought the shoes when I was 21yrs old just before I got married, and of course I did not think they were of good quality because good leather was hard to find then, and we had to use coupons to buy shoes, clothes, and linen. I am really surprised they lasted that long. I kept them for sentimental reasons.”

    Merci beaucoup, grand-mère.

    Lauren

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in July!

    Friday, Jun 21, 2019

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Tuesday July 2, 2019 and Thursday, July 25, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon - July 27 and 28 2019

    Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

    The Genealogy Center will host an Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon! The Indiana Album's online community archive brings hidden gems from the attic to the web by scanning, cataloging, and sharing historic items that are normally hidden in family photo albums or shoe boxes. Indiana Album's volunteers will make high resolution scans with all documents being carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners.

    Be in the Discovery Center Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/or Sunday July 28, 2019, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.! Make a reservation or learn how to submit your own scans by contacting info@indianaalbum.com or (317) 771-4129.
    ScanBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Care and Identification of Historic Family Photographs Workshop

    Saturday, Jun 15, 2019

    From boxes of unidentified photographs to discs of digital images, we all have family photographs that need attention. Join us Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center to learn how to identify and care for your photos. Presenter Joan Hostetler of the Indiana Album will discuss how to examine and interpret historic photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring interesting photographs for a show and tell.
    HochstetlerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Tree Maker Event at ACPL!

    Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

    Family Tree Maker is joining up with Allen County Public Library to bring you a fantastic “how to” seminar on FTM and partner products. Come join Family Tree Maker at the Allen County Public Library on Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for a night of learning about what Family Tree Maker has to offer! With the new upgrade coming out soon, you’ll want to know what new features have been added to an already handy tool in your genealogy tool box. Partner products, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator will also be presented. You’ll also have the chance to take advantage of special conference pricing of these awesome products. Register at EventBrite!
    TreeMakerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in June!

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    In June, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? 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. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will establish a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment!
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More!

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Join Allison DePrey Singleton on June 29, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center as she discusses America’s GenealogyBank, one of the new databases added to The Genealogy Center’s On-Site Databases this year.  It contains database collections of Historical Newspapers (1690-1922), Historical Books (1749-1900), Historical Documents (1789-1994), and America's Obituaries (1977-current). The obituary components of this resource make it a particularly valuable tool for genealogy research.To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    DeadBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Digital Resources

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    We have added some terrific new items to our Fort Wayne and Allen County online resources!

    First off, the Central High School Class of 1939 Golden Anniversary brochure was added to our Central High school materials, and we have added the 1912 Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners Annual Report, which includes photos, various reports and maps of the parks. 
    Lakeside

    We also have the Johnny Appleseed Memorial Association Record Books, and, thanks to our good friends at the Fort Wayne Baseball Oldtimers' Association we have their Newsletter, Line Drives (newsletter), and Hall of Fame Annual Banquet programs.

    There are a number of great supplements to our General Electric Collection, including the Elex Club Scrapbook, 1946-1947, the Partizan Scrapbook, 1988-1994, and Quintus Scrapbooks for 1987-1991, 1991-1995, and 1995-2002.
    Elex

    Finally, the 2018 burial records were added to the Lindenwood Cemetery database, bringing that to 22771 names in the 1976-2018 collection, and abstracts for Lot 21 of Branning’s Addition, Lots 21 – 22 for Elzey’s 4th Addition to Waynedale, Lot 38 of Lakeside Park Addition, Lots 1 – 56 and 65 – 132 of Kekionga Shores, and Range 13, Township 30N, NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Section 13 and part of Range 15E, Township 31N, E 12 of NW 1/4 of Sec 29 were added to the Allen County Abstracts of Title.

    Take a moment to explore all of these great new local resources!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New African American Additions to Our Free Databases

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center