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  • Free databases for Allen County Research

    Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015

    We have some additions of Fort Wayne interest to our Free Databases page that we’d like to share with you.

    Local high school yearbooks continue to be of great popularity. The usual visitors are people wanting to see high school photos showing mom and dad with funny hair and clothes, but yearbooks are also of great interest to those organizing high school reunions, seeking old friends and distant relatives. There is also an interest in the photos of those who died during military service. Sometimes, these high school yearbooks provide the only photo of the person. Indices for three more years of North Side High School Yearbook Index, completing the index from the opening of the school through 1984.

    The Huntertown Historical Society has allowed us to digitize and post their Family Files. The best way to access the material is to browse by surname and read the short family histories that have been compiled.
    The last item is the Allen County pioneer, Jesse Vermilyea Estate Inventory. This 1847 handwritten document lists the property of his extensive estate, including livestock, furniture, farm equipment, crops, personal items and a clock valued at $3. Truly, a fascinating look at mid-19th century Allen County.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • What's Next for Family History Month?

    Saturday, Oct 03, 2015

    Family History Month starts week two with Kay Spears offering “Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop, Part 1,” on Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom. She will demonstrate how to restore images of old photographs using techniques similar to those in Adobe Photoshop. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their own family photographs on a USB (“flash”) drive for hands-on instruction in applying what they have learned to their photos. The class will continue on Monday, October 12th, at the same time. Register early as space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 brings provides guidance on one of the most desired sources as Delia Bourne presents “Vital Records for Beginners,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. This class will explain what can be found in a vital record, and what other sources may be used when an official record doesn’t exist.

    In the past, some towns and villages issued warnings to some of the inhabitants to leave the area. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Cynthia Theusch will explain why in “Warnings Out Issued in the Colonies and Early United States,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Learn how to locate records to see if an ancestor or other family members received a warning.

    At the meeting of the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne Meeting at 6:60 p.m. on  Thursday, October 8, in Meeting Room B, during “What Genealogy Has Done For Me—A Youth Presentation,” you will hear how young people have researched their families’ histories and what they have discovered about their families and themselves. All are welcome.

    Meet up in the Microtext Reading Room of The Genealogy Center on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. for “Tech Talk: Microfilm & Fiche and Use of the ST200 Printer/Scanner.” Delia Bourne will discuss what types of materials are available in microtext format and how to use the ST200 printer/scanners. Register early. Space is limited, so register early by call 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

    John Beatty will discuss “Using German Church Records” on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10 to 11 a.m., in Meeting Room BC. This talk is intended for both the beginner and the more experienced genealogist wishing to learn more about how to locate, read, and interpret German church records. It will offer research tips, reveal some common idiosyncrasies found in records, discuss the steps needed in finding the right parish, look at ecclesiastical dates, and cover how to read various types of German handwriting found in church records.

    How often have you bemoaned “I Can’t Find It on!”? Sara Allen will address that on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 1-2 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Learn about genealogical records that are not on and how to access them.

    For more information about any of these events, or other events in Family History Month, see the brochure. To register for any of these free classes, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources Online

    Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015

    We have several new family sources on our Free Databases that you might want to explore.

    The first is “From Pendleton Hall to Fremont: The Ancestors and Descendants of Julia A. Beckwith” by David Sprunk. This volume provides information on the family in medieval England, colonial Connecticut, and then to New York. A fine bibliography and an every name index completes this volume. 

    “An Introductory History of the York Co. Pa. & Seneca Co. Ohio Deckers,” also by David Sprunk, follows the Decker family from The Netherlands to Ohio, and includes DNA information and Decker Family of Ohio reunion minutes from the mid-20th century, as well as two indexes.

    “The Descendants of Thomas Carter,” by Terry L. and Carolyn Shumaker, details this family from 16th century England to modern day, including stories of hardship and success.
    Margaret Rowe McCarthy has allowed us to post her “The Gasperini-Pedo Family of Dickinson & Iron Counties,” which follows the family as it came the Trentino region to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
    William Lee Mercker complied “Henry & Mary,” about the Henry Mercker-Mary Catherine Witcher family of Indiana, which is filled with facts and reminiscences.

    And Brian Paul Kaess has allowed two of his volumes to be posted “Notes on the Kaess Family (2016)”, which includes Dawson, Schwartz, Golz and other families, and “Kaess Ochiltree Swartz Family History," which also includes the Leach, Haller, Gibboney, Baldwin and Major families, among others.

    All of these files can be searched by keyword or name, and all are copyrighted, and specific permission from the authors is necessary for re-publishing, reprinting, or in any other way disseminating these works. We greatly appreciate all of these authors allowing us to share this information with you!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Begins!

    Sunday, Sep 27, 2015

    Family History Month starts on Thursday, October 1st, with “An Evening of Storytelling!” Telling the stories of our lives is not only a great way to engage people in learning about their families and ancestors, it is a terrific way to share the family’s story. Join us at 6:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A for stories and music to inspire and entertain you!

    Our Polish Heritage weekend begins Friday, October 2nd with our own Sara Allen presenting “Crossing the Pond with Your Polish Ancestors,” at 10 a.m., in Meeting Room A. She will tell us how to track Polish immigrants from the new world back to their ancestral village. Some information is applicable to Eastern European research in general, so make time for this great program!

    Saturday, October 3rd will offer two exciting opportunities for Polish heritage researchers. “Polish Mission and Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI),” presented by Ceil Jensen, will provide a survey of the Polish Mission’s collections and their new website Michigan Polish Heritage,  where families can come together to research their roots, discover the villages and records of their ancestors, and document their family history. This event starts at 10 a.m., in Meeting Room A.

    At 2 p.m., also in Meeting Room A, Ceil Jensen will present “Advanced Polish Research.” In this class, Ceil will cover finding an ancestor’s parish and civil registration records in Poland, will dispel the myths that records were destroyed during the world wars, and that language barriers make Polish research difficult. She will also give examples and suggestions on how to use advanced records, databases, and archives.

    Finally, on Sunday, October 4th, in Meeting Room A, Ceil Jensen will detail the case study of Eugenia Okruta in “Displaced Persons,” and will explore the archives, associations, and organizations that have record sets of interest to anyone researching displaced persons in World War II.

    For more information on these and other Family History Month activities, see the brochure. To register for these free events, call 260-421-1225, or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Additions to Our Free Databases

    Sunday, Sep 20, 2015

    We are fortunate to be able to present a couple of new sources on our Free Indiana Databases.

    The first is a Franklin County Landowners Map for 1858, brought to us by John J. Newman of Brookville. The Franklin County historian, staff from the Franklin County Public Library District, and the Franklin County Recorder's office indexed the 2982 landowners. The landowner index provides township and section number. View the entire county on the overview map, and click on the area you’d like to view in more detail. Or you can view an entire township, or browse through to see enlarged sections of each map. Do take a few minutes to read Mr. Newman’s excellent introduction to the map, in which he provides information on the map, how to use the index, and the history of wall plat maps.

    The second item is a History of the Regulators of Northern Indiana, which was donated by Rita Lehner and Dalonda Young. In newly developing areas, miscreants abounded who took advantage of white settlers and Native Americans alike. Regulators were private citizens who formed groups to capture and prosecute criminals. This 67-page booklet provides a history of regulators in northern Indiana, a transcription of the 1852 legislative act that allowed the formation of regulator companies, a list of the companies and the number of members each boasted, and accounts of meetings, arrests, confessions and executions. This is a fascinating view of early Indiana’s history.
    Take a few minutes to examine these unique items!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Frequestly Asked Questions at Our Ask Desk - Books

    Thursday, Sep 17, 2015

    By Dawne

    The Genealogy Center
    has thousands and thousands of books. Many of these are indexes to or abstracts of records found in courthouses, churches, cemetery offices, and other locations. How can you best use these resources and where can they lead you? Here are some FAQs and answers that might give you some ideas.

    •    "I found an index to deeds. What do the numbers 6: 413 mean next to my ancestor’s name?"

    Typically, two numbers separated by a colon in a record index book refer to volume or book and page number, although you will want to look at the prefatory material in the specific book to be certain. In the fictional example above, the most likely answer is that the deed will appear in the county courthouse deed volume number 6, on page 413.

    •    "I found a county death record index that includes my ancestor. Do you have the records? If not, where are they?"

    The answer to the first question is “maybe.” County governments nearly always retain their original record volumes, so if The Genealogy Center does have the records, they will be copies on microfilm or microfiche. You can find out if The Center has them by checking the State Records section of the Microtext Catalog, which is the second option under the Databases>Free Databases drop-down menu on our website. If you find that we do not have the records you need, you can request copies from the county courthouse in the county where the event took place, or check the Family History Library (FHL) catalog at to see if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has microfilmed copies of the records that you can borrow for $7.50 per roll and use at your closest Family History Center or affiliate library. Also, the FHL is in the process of digitizing and making available many of its microfilmed records, so when you check the catalog, you might be lucky enough to find that images of the records appear online at FamilySearch..

    •    "I found reference in a book to a manuscript collection that might have information on my ancestor. Do you have those manuscripts here? If not, where can they be found?"

    The Genealogy Center does not maintain a collection of manuscripts – any personal genealogy files, letters, and other papers that are donated to The Center are either preservation photocopied, bound, catalogued, and put on our shelves, or scanned and made available digitally on our website. The Center does have a number of books that describe manuscript collections held at other libraries and archives. Check the front part of the book that mentions the collection to see if it tells what facility holds the manuscripts. Then Google that facility to find contact information for inquiring about getting copies from the collection.
    The advice that has been given in a couple of these examples will work to solve many of the questions you might have about record indexes and abstracts held in The Genealogy Center’s collection – after you find your ancestor’s name in the book, look at the front matter for an explanation of what the book includes, what abbreviations and symbols mean, when the book was compiled, and where the original material was held at that time. The book might even provide steps for securing copies of the original records – at least as the procedure was at the time of publication. Then you might Google the record facility to obtain contact information so you can inquire about current procedures. Whereas we used to have to request records by mail, enclosing a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope, you might be able to place your order online, pay with credit card, and receive the record as a digital copy sent to your email address!

    And if the book has no explanation in the front (or back), or has an explanation you don’t understand – please bring it to the Ask Desk and let one of The Genealogy Center’s reference librarians try to help. We have seen (almost) everything and will be happy to try to help you crack the code and determine what your next step should be in securing a copy of the record you need.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Photoshop Consultations in October

    Monday, Sep 14, 2015

    Do you need help restoring your family photos? We are offering one hour consultations to provide suggestions using basic techniques you may not have tried. The Consultant will work with you to try to achieve the results you want. Please bring your scanned image(s) on a USB drive that is free of other files. For best results, images should be scanned at 300dpi and saved as TIFF files.

    Consultations are by appointment only. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to arrange an appointment.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Friday, September 25th for Staff Development Day

    Friday, Sep 11, 2015

    The Genealogy Center, like all Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed on Friday, September 25, 2015 for Staff Development Day. The Library Board sets aside one day each year for staff to reflect on our mission, acquire additional skills, and learn how to better interact with each other and with you, our customers. We will be open our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, and will reopen on Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m. We will see you then!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Online Research FAQs that Our Customers Ask

    Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015

    By Dawne

    Here are a few of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we get at The Genealogy Center Ask Desk about searching in online databases. Maybe the answers will help some of you remote readers, too!

    •    Why can’t I find anything when I type my name into

    The Ancestry website has two parts to its record collections – Public Member Trees that users have created, and a collection of historical record indexes, abstracts, databases, and images. For reasons of protecting privacy, no living people are included in what the public can view of the Public Member Trees. (Although if you are an Ancestry subscriber, you can see living people that you include in your OWN tree when signed into your own account.) Some of the historical record databases will include living people since the inclusive dates might be fairly recent. One example is the “California Divorce Index, 1966-1984.” Another is the 1940 census. So it is not likely that you will find information on yourself if you type your name into the search box at, unless it is in one of the historical databases that include more recent information.

    •    I am typing my grandfather’s information into (or and nothing’s coming up. Why?

    You might be including too much information in your search. It’s tempting to fill in all of the boxes on the Search screen in order to get the best possible match. The problem is, if you have checked the “match all items exactly” box, the records must match everything you have entered – exactly! So if you have entered your grandfather’s exact birth year, you will not get back census schedules because except for 1900, those don’t include an exact birth year; they include an age. If you have entered a county and state for a birth place, you will not get matches of records that include only a state of birth because they don’t match exactly what you have entered. Many times, “less is more,” especially with names that are not terribly common. Try including a first name (but not middle name or initial), a last name, a year of birth with +/- 2 years, and a state of birth, and see what results you get. If you get too many, you can narrow your search from there by including more information.

    •    I am looking for the marriage record of my great-uncle, who married in Fort Wayne in 1950. FamilySearch has a database of marriages for Indiana that covers 1811 to 2007. Why am I not finding the record I seek?

    Titles of databases often include beginning and ending years, but those usually represent the earliest and latest records included in the collection. The title doesn’t necessarily mean that the database includes all counties for all years in the title. Read the description of the collection to see what it does include. For example, on the search screen for “Indiana Marriages 1811-2007” at FamilySearch, you can click on “Learn more” to go to the FamilySearch Wiki and see a table of the counties that are included in this particular database. Then you can test the parameters of the database by searching a very common name, like “John” and the exact year you think the marriage you seek took place, with the exact county. If you get no results, the database might not include marriages for that year and county!

    •    I need an obituary for someone who died in the 1950s. Can I find that online?

    Again, maybe. The Genealogy Center subscribes to two newspaper databases that you can use when you are onsite. They are and Newspaper Archive. There are others, such as GenealogyBank, which The Center does not have that you might be able to access at your local library or through a personal subscription of your own. All of these sites have different newspapers for different time periods. When we are asked the question, “Which one is best?” our answer has to be – the one that includes the papers for the geographic area and time period you need! Another factor to know about newspapers online is that newspapers, like other published material, are governed by copyright law. Most of the papers that have been digitized and made available online are from the mid-1920s and earlier because those are no longer protected by copyright. There are some exceptions where the newspaper has given permission for its issues to be scanned and made available, so a 1950s obituary, while not the norm, is not out of the question. Do your homework to see which site will best suit your needs before subscribing!

    •    Can I buy an Allen County Public Library card if I don’t live in Allen County?

    Yes, you may. But there is no reason to purchase a library card for the Allen County Public Library as a genealogist unless you plan to visit The Genealogy Center more than 10 times in one year. A subscription card is $70 annually, and if you visit 10 times in one year, it will pay for itself by allowing you to scan your card to park for free. Except for free parking for ACPL cardholders, all other services to genealogists are equal for residents and non-residents alike. No one may check out a book from The Genealogy Center, because nothing from The Center circulates. Anyone may use the research computers when visiting The Center. Local cardholders log in with their library card number; visiting researchers get a guest pass at the Ask Desk. Anyone may access The Genealogy Center’s “Free Databases” from anywhere there is an Internet connection. No one – including ACPL cardholders – may access The Genealogy Center’s “Onsite Databases” (i.e., subscription databases like Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Fold3, remotely. They can only be accessed from within an ACPL building.

    Watch this space for another blog post about FAQs we get about books in the collection!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Homegoing Programs!

    Saturday, Sep 05, 2015

    Although Marsha Smiley is known for her many activities in Fort Wayne and Allen County (active member of the African/African American Historical Society & Museum board of directors, member of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society governing board, and tireless volunteer serving at-risk and underprivileged youth and promoting literacy), she has also been instrumental in creating the Marsha Smiley African-American Collection: Memorials, an online collection of homegoing programs from our community. This collection now holds more than 2200 memorials containing 8500 images of biography and photos. One may either search by name, or browse through the collection. Some memorials are only one page, but some stretch for eight or more pages. Most have photographs of the deceased, and are heartwarming to read, such as that of Willie (Billie) Mae Kemp, who died in 1999. Below the photo of her smiling face on the cover if the statement that “God loves you and so do I,” a wonderful reminder to those left behind. Take a few minutes to explore this wonderful collection.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Databases for Illinois, Ohio ... and Texas!

    Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015

    An amazing variety of material has been posted to our Free Databases recently, starting with Aurora, Illinois Illustrated, and 1890 promotional book. Typical of the type, the book includes information about railroad facilities, city officials, utilities and schools. 
    The Blue Creek (Paulding County, Ohio) Alumni Association index lists more than 1200 alumni from 1900 to 1971 in alphabetical order, listing the school and year graduated.

    T. Bradford Willis, DDS, of Waco, Texas has given permission for us to post his indexes to the 1875 and 1882 volumes of McLennan County, Texas physicians, which, for each physician lists where he or she received training, when graduated and other registration notes.

    And from the collection of John Barbabas Horton, the digital image of a personal letter from Charles Alonzo Horton of Vermilion, Ohio to his wife and son describing the disastrous storm which killed approximately 155 sailors on Lake Huron in November 1913. The letter is accompanied by family information on the writer and his descendants’ involvement in Great Lakes shipping.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed September 6th & 7th

    Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

    The Genealogy Center, like all Allen County Public Library locations, will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6th and 7th in honor of Labor Day. We will be open our regular hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th at 9 a.m. Enjoy the holiday!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More for Our Military Heritage!

    Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

    Some great new records have been added to Our Military Heritage!

    Offerings from the Civil War include the Jacob Treace pension, which include affidavits, marriage records and a medical history of Jacob.  James C. Leighty allowed us to post his biography of John Washington Leighty during the war, which includes a nice bibliography of his sources. And Albert Sisson has allowed us to post his copyrighted work on wartime activities of three family members, Francis Marion Sisson, Jacob Gould and Orin Gould, including family information before and after the war.
    We also have posted the Spanish-American War Log Book of the USS Badger by John W. Klinger, 1899, which includes a description of the ship, roster, log, programs, a page illustrating signal flags and a fascinating declination chart.

    Finally, we have three new American Veteran video  interviews with Dave Jones, about his experiences in the Army in Vietnam, Gary Becker, a Vietnam War Paratrooper and Ted Blanford on his service in Afghanistan and Iraq. These are wonderful additions to American, and Fort Wayne, history!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Following Up with More Records

    Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

    Continue your Family History Journey on Saturday, August 29, 2015, when Curt Witcher will show you how to use major record groups and how to let one record’s data lead you to still more sources of information. An overview of military records as well as passenger and immigration records will be provided. The second half of the program will provide attendees with a “quick walk” through The Genealogy Center’s free databases – online resources that can provide meaningful next steps for family history research. So be there at 9:30 a.m., in Meeting Room A.

    TO register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • National Archives Finding Aids Online

    Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

    It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited us or checked our Microtext Catalog, but we have quite a bit of National Archives microfilm. We have all federal census from 1790 to 1930 and all Soundex or Miracode films, of course, Freedmen’s Bureau records, major passenger lists, Native American material, and a great deal of military records, but we do not have everything that is available on microfilm from the National Archives and Records Serivice (NARA). For example, we don’t have "A3405: Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio, 1952-1974" or "A3423: Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes Arriving at Brownsville, Texas, January 1943-September 1964." Would you even know that these items existed?

    And what if you wanted to know about the people who were nominated for positions with the Customs office in Port Townsend, Washington? Would you know that NARA produced "Nominations: Letters From the Collector of Customs at Port Townsend, Washington, to the Secretary of the Treasury, 1865-1910” on microfilm? Would you know to check "M217: Attorney Rolls of the Supreme Court of the United States" for to see if an attorney had been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court?

    The Genealogy Center is in the process of scanning all of the National Archives and Records Service Microfilm Publication Guides to help you know what treasures might be available from the National Archives that The Genealogy Center does not own. Each guide tells how many rolls of microfilm are in the set, a brief history of the event surrounding the set, how the set is arranged and what is included.

    Of course, these guides are also helpful for learning about a set that The Genealogy Center does own. For example, The Center owns "Series M4: Letter Book of the Creek Trading House 1795-1816." The guide tells me that it is a single roll of microfilm, containing handwritten copies of letters sent by the agent of the trading house for the Creek Indians. It explains that Congress was in charge of regulating trade with the various Native American tribes, and that each trading house was in the charge of an agent with the authority to direct commerce in that area, and that skins, furs and other goods were shipped and sold. The Creek Trading House was in Georgia, and the guide also names the various agents, or factors, and the years they were in charge before it was sold to the Creeks. The guide also identifies related records that might be useful to researchers.

    There are already more than 500 of these guides available off of The Genealogy Center’s home page. Click on “Pathfinders” them go to “National Archives Finding Aids” to explore these great resources.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Material in Our Free Databases

    Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

    New material has been added to our Allen County Resources, some as additions to existing databases and some completely new material.

    One of our most popular databases, Allen County, Indiana and Area Obituary Index, now provides coverage through July 31, 2015 and includes more than 18,000 death event citations for area residents.

    More than 5,000 entries have been added to the Allen County Marriages, early 1980s to 2009, bringing that total to more than 67,000 records.

    We’ve been collecting Allen County Business Histories and now have thirteen available (B & B Loan Company, Casa Restaurant Group, Coney Island, D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes, Ellison Bakery, F. McConnell and Sons, Fox and Fox, Hartman Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Kelley Automotive, Milan Center Feed & Grain, The Oyster Bar, Poorman's Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vera Bradley). If you know of a company that would like their history included, please have them contact us.

    And, finally, indexes for the North Side High School yearbooks 1969-1980 have been posted, adding more that 37,000 new records to an index that totals 126,292 entries.

    Take a few minutes to search these new offerings!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources Added

    Monday, Aug 10, 2015

    Some great family resources have been added to our Free Databases recently for you to access.

    History of Descendants of John D. Boyle and History and Descendants of Edmund Hobart were found among the papers of Barbara Jane Rinehart Boyle by her daughter, complier by Martha B. Fraze. Admittedly undocumented, they are representative of family tradition type of history and extremely useful as starting points for research.
    Descendants of Andreas Hagenbuch, ca. 1715-1785 is another short family history, covering the family into the 1880s, but this one is well documented with extensive footnotes.

    Kloman Connections II by Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace is more than 200 pages of information on various families connected to the Kloman family. Each family section ends with its own notes and bibliography, and the volume is keyword/name searchable.
    The Johnson-Greer family Bible is the record of the Clarence-Arthur Johnson-Sallie Charlotte Greer family covering 1859-2009. This file includes the images of the pages as well as a transcription of the information.

    The Willhite Family Records contains the family charts and handwritten notes of Howard E. Willhite of Brookville, Indiana, which he compiled in the 1970s and sent to Anita Willhite Fisher.
    Family births of the Betts, Bingham, Burrows and Page Family, mainly of Greene, Chenanago County, New York, are listed in the Tennyson Birthday Book, donated by Jacquelyn Ruttinger of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The volume is a day by day calendar with quotations from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s works on the left side, and space for a diary or notes by date on the right. The original owner, perhaps Eddie Bingham, noted the birth dates of family members in 1893, adding names and dates well into the 20th Century.

    All of these items are great examples of the types of material that other family historians share with us each day. What might you have to share!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • An Evening with Jennifer Teege

    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

    Jennifer Teege, who is of German and Nigerian descent made a startling family discovery. Her grandfather was the Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów Concentration Camp, and portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 movie Schindler’s List. Teege has written about her family history journey in an internationally bestselling book, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past."

    Come spend “An Evening with Jennifer Teege” on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library, as she tells the engaging story of how she learned her family’s dark secret. The event is free and open to the public and Teege’s book, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past,” will be available for purchase.

    The event is sponsored by The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS), and the Congregation Achduth Vesholom. For more information, view the brochure, or go to the IHGS Facebook Page, or contact Steven Carr at Carr@IPFW.EDU, or Curt Witcher at Cwitcher@ACPL.INFO

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Evangelical Messenger Obituaries Indexed!

    Sunday, Jul 26, 2015

    One of the most popular of our Free Databases is the Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index, and recently another year, 1944, has been added to this collection. Thanks to the efforts of distant volunteer Anne Dallas Budd, there are 190,775 entries. The "Evangelical Messenger" was the English-language, weekly denominational publication associated with The Evangelical Church, and served a community of subscribers across many states. From this website, you can search for names, or browse through a chronological list of deaths. And remember, contact us with a list of obituary copies you’d like to obtain, provide your mailing address and, within a couple of weeks, we will send copies along with a bill for $2.50 per obituary. Check the index today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Ohio & Indiana African-Americans in the Maumee Valley

    Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

    Join us on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7PM in Meeting Room A for the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor’s “Layers of History.” Angie Quinn will focus on the Wren and Little Africa communities in Van Wert County, Ohio, the former Randolph family slaves in Darke and Mercer County, Ohio, and communities in Whitley County, Indiana, and Paulding, Ohio. Curt Witcher and Roberta Ridley will share "how-to" information about performing research using census data, government land office records, and other resources. John Aden, PhD, from the Fort Wayne African/African-American Historical Society Museum will provide some artifacts and collection items used by early rural African American residents in our region. Mark your calendar for this great program on the history and people of the Maumee River Valley!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center