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  • New Free Family History Materials!

    Thursday, Dec 01, 2016

    We’ve added a number of new Family Resources to our Free Databases recently that you might find useful.

    Bredemeyer family history--Chronik und Genealogie der Familie und Sippe Bredemeyer (Chronicle and Genealogy of the Family and Clan Bredemeyer) was written by Karl Bredemeyer in 1966 and contains maps, coats of arms and photographs. It is in German but is keyword or name searchable.

    The Frederic Hyde fan chart is a large chart that has been in our collection for many years, but has now been scanned and posted for all to see. It is faded and is not indexed, so making it available to view is the best way for others to use it.

    Spencer Coffey has allowed us to post three of his genealogies: The Kilgore Family of Mount Sherman & Low Gap, Arkansas, Amos Burrel Lackey [1818-1896] of Low Gap, Arkansas, and The Spencers of Mount Sherman, Arkansas and its supplement, An Ancestral Supplement to the Spencers of Mount Sherman, Arkansas. These of these families were in Newton County, Arkansas and includes information on the Kilgore, Stevenson and Culpeper families. All of these can also be searched by name of keyword.

    Carl Mumford has provided permission for us to post his Mumford's of the New World: James Mumford, Sr. and John Mumford, Sr., which he compiled in 2016, and we were given permission to post Eugene Perry’s Grogan--A Record of the Grogan Family. Margaret McCarthy has also supplied McCarthy--McCarthy Family History, and Ralph Knee provided Knees in the Civil War, which includes biographical information on the descendants of Philip or George Knee, brothers who arrived from Prussia about 1763. All of these, also, are name and keyword searchable.

    We also have images and transcriptions of the William A. Holladay-Winona Pearl Litton and the James Montgomery-Esther Wood Family Bibles, as well as Nellie Doyle Prack’s My Life as I Remember It, containing the early reminiscences and activities in Chicago. 

    Brothers Ernst August Oehrling and Carl Heinrich Constantine Oehrling immigrated from Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany to Wisconsin, United States, in the 1840s. As the families grew and separated, letters were exchanged to maintain the familial connection. We are happy to be able to post these letters, as well as family journals, photographs, greeting cards and pedigree charts. While these records are not searchable, the material has been divided into sections to make browsing a breeze.

    We also have three documents from the Valentine family of Allen County, Indiana, including the marriage records for James Valentine and Janet (Nellie) Parks, and their daughter Elizabeth to Ralph Fast, as well as a sketch of the John Valentine homestead.

    Margo Butner has allowed us permission to post her Butner Welty Family file in Next Generation presentation format. Other surnames included are Camp, Clare, Gray, Jolliffe, Lindsay, Lyon, Stewart and Ward. Using the Next Generation features, one can search not only by name but by birth, christening, death and burial date and place.

    We also have updates to several previously posted collections, including an Addendum to “Kaess Ochiltree Swartz Family History” and Kaess/Dawson Family History Addendum, both from Brian Paul Kaess,

    Take a few minutes to browse these new collections to see what you might find!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - December 2016

    Monday, Nov 28, 2016

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research, from 2PM to 4PM on Wednesday December 7, 2016 and Monday December 19, 2016. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thankful

    Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

    by Delia

    Thanksgiving in America is devoted to giving thanks for all that we, personally and as a country, have. Through the years, we have all had many things for which to be thankful, from soldiers returning from war, financial difficulties averted or survived, to medical crises cured or endured. We are thankful for family, friends and home. But as a genealogist of many years (whose mother did family history research even earlier), there are things for which I am thankful, and I hope you will go to our Facebook page and express your thanks for genealogical blessings, too.

    Some of mine are:
    1. Records. When Mother was doing research in the 1940s and 1950s, not many records had been published. She could only go to court houses and go through records. Thank you to everyone who had gather records for publication.

    2. Indexes. Even when I started to do research in the 1970s, many older county histories were not indexed, and most of the 1860 and 1870 federal census had not been indexed. Thank you to everyone who has every worked on an index, either for something small, or for a large indexing project.

    3. Computers and the Internet. What a leap forward! Indexes available online! Optical character recognition (OCR)! Scanners to enable records to be examined! States, counties and private groups placing information online to be searched from home! Or from my phone! And speaking of which…

    4. Smart phones. Storage of information, ease of searching and free calls to court houses, libraries and long lost relatives!

    5. People. Friends and contacts that I’ve made within the genealogical community and all of the wonderful people that come to visit The Genealogy Center, either in person or virtually.

    6. USBs. So that I can save images of documents or copies onto a small device that I can carry with me.

    7. And, finally, that, after 33 years in the department, photocopies are still just ten cents! Plus the prints are on archival quality paper, so no nasty surprises in a few years!

    So, now it’s your turn. Let us know on Facebook what you are thankful for!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving

    Monday, Nov 21, 2016

         Thanksgiving Day is often considered the most “genealogical” of holidays. Generations of family members gather together, remembering stories and enjoying treasured food traditions. Those of us with Pilgrim ancestors often like to remember their connections to Plymouth Colony on this day. Indeed, Thanksgiving remained a most New England holiday well into the mid-nineteenth century, and it only took hold slowly and cautiously elsewhere in the United States.
         The first Thanksgiving was observed in Indiana on December 7, 1837, when Governor Noah Noble issued a proclamation for its observance. Fort Wayne was still a frontier town, and while some of its New England settlers remembered the way the holiday was observed in their former home, they found the experience to be very different here.
         A glimpse of the difference can be seen in the letters of Hugh McCulloch, a native of Maine who headed the Fort Wayne Branch of the Indiana State Bank, and his fiancée, Susan Man. The two had gotten engaged earlier that year, and Susan, a school teacher, had returned to her home at Plattsburgh, New York, to make plans for their wedding and to visit with her family. That year, Susan enjoyed a huge gathering with extended relatives, while Hugh attended a church service without mentioning any special meal or celebration. Susan wrote of her feast, “Genl. Moore, the aged Father & Uncle sat at the head of the table, and between 40 & 50 relatives were seated at the same table.” (Susan Man to Hugh McCulloch, 2 December 1837, McCulloch Papers, Lilly Library, Indiana University). She made no mention of the menu, but she added, “After we had dined, his grandchildren gathered around his chair and while one played on the accordeon [sic], the other sang Thanksgiving hymns & anthems.” 
        Hugh, in his reply weeks later, appreciated the spirit of Susan’s celebration. “There is something in that day observed as it is in New England & some parts of N. York, which excites in my mind peculiar interest. The uniting of families & friends who have long been separated, the good feeling & liberality which seems to fill every breast have ever made me regard it as the best day of the year.” (Hugh McCulloch to Susan Man, 31 December 1837). Not until 1863 did Indiana join other northern states in a coordinated observance of the holiday, and it was only after the Civil War that families regularly feasted on that day.
         May your Thanksgiving be a genealogical one. 

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Additions to Our Military Heritage

    Sunday, Nov 13, 2016

    We have more additions to Our Military Heritage!

    For the Civil War, we have the service records for Isaac Allyn and Laban Gurley, both of Company F, 25th Indiana Infantry, the pension record of John Holbert, Company D, 2nd Tennessee Infantry (U.S.), who died at Flat Lick, Kentucky in March of 1862 which includes the Widow’s pension for his mother, Elizabeth, and the letters of William B. Parker, 2nd Michigan, May 1864 through April 1965. Most are to his wife, Polly, whom he left behind in Clinton County, Michigan. Also included at the letters to Polly from her brother, Alvin B. Wonsey, of the 27th Michigan.

    We also have the World War I letters of William Tursman of Chicago to June Beck in Goshen, Indiana.

    The Good Ol’ Days: Remember Our Time in Pearl Harbor and Between the Tours of Duty, by Frank John "Jack" Zwolinski, Jr. provides biographical information on his parents Frank, Sr., and Agnes Zubris Zwolinski, the family and Frank senior’s memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Battle History 473rd United States Infantry provides information on that unit’s experiences in Italy in 1945. It begins with a list of the unit’s men killed in action, along with their home addresses. Following are six chapters detailing the events of the campaign, a list of awards to the unit, messages from various commanding officers, and maps of the theater of operations.

    And we have the Fort Sam Houston, Texas Telephone Directory, December 1944. It includes phone numbers for the various units on the base, and the residents with their ranks, units, address and phone numbers.

    We thank all those who donated the materials so that we can bring them to you!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Emergence of Lincoln: Because of or In Spite of his Hoosier Roots? A Lincoln Symposium

    Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

    In celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana statehood and the arrival of the Lincoln family in Indiana, historian William Bartelt, Dr. Brian Dirck, and Dr. Nicole Etcheson will present a program on "The Emergence of Lincoln: Because of or In Spite of his Hoosier Roots?"  Each speaker will briefly explore an aspect of Lincoln's Indiana experience:

    • William Bartelt, Lincoln historian, will speak on "The Impact of the Ohio River on Lincoln's Experience."
    • Dr. Brian Dirck, Anderson University, will present "Lincoln's Indiana Experience of Death and Mourning."
    • Dr. Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University, will discuss "Politics as a Pivot for Lincoln's Relationship with Indiana."

    The presentations will be followed by speakers' responses and questions from the audience.

    The Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m., in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana and is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room A

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana and Allen County Free Databases Additions

    Monday, Nov 07, 2016

    We have a few more additions to our Free Databases to share!

    Pioneer Families and Descendants of Tobin Township in Perry County, Indiana contains a list of the Heads of Households form the 1820 and 1830 censuses, then information on families in alphabetical order. Some of this material is searchable by name or keyword, but as many of the pages are handwritten, they are not included in the search. Browse for more information.

    We have the Lot 16 Abstract in the Deer Trail Addition in Marshall County, Indiana. The property was originally owned by William C. VanHorn in 1843, and the abstract lists the owners to Clarence and Marilyn Gay who purchased it from Francis and Delores Bergeron. As usual, the abstract is a fascinating read.

    We have three other Abstracts of Title, these from Allen County for (1) Lot 84 of Eliza Hanna’s Addition, (2) Lot 32 of Johnson’s Addition, and (3) for Range 11E Township 31N Section. These, and many more abstracts, are linked on the following website.

    A commencement booklet for Fort Wayne’s Central Grammar School for 1894 is now available. The booklet lists and contains photographs of the graduates and the teachers.

    And, finally, we have a 1935 Map of the Fort Wayne Business District. The map covers the area of the city bordered by Clinton, Lewis, Harrison and Main Streets, and notes the location of each business.

    Have fun searching and browsing these collections!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - November 2016

    Friday, Nov 04, 2016

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research, from 2PM to 4PM on Thursday November 10, 2016 and Tuesday November 29, 2016. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • A Cemetery Visit with the Voice of Reason

    Monday, Oct 31, 2016

    by Kay

    I often visit cemeteries. There are so many interesting things to discover; so much history. Cemeteries can be peaceful, sad, beautiful, and sometimes – spooky, depending on the vivid imagination of the person walking through the cemetery.
     
    Time for a cautionary tale. In tracking down my relatives, I have often visited graveyards/cemeteries – alone. I will confess that there have been times while planting flowers I have even talked myself into a “they’re coming to get you, Barbara” moment.  But the most “standing-hair-on-the-back-of-my-neck” moment came a few years ago while planting flowers on my great-grandfather’s grave. And, this time I was not alone. Yes, I managed to drag my daughter along with me. She is what I lovingly call a “genealogy helper-whiner.” For those of you who do genealogy or research I know you are familiar with this type of helper. They’ll go along with you, but they’ll be bored or tired or complain or whine or sleep. But sometimes they are also the Voice of Reason.
     
    One of the cemeteries I visit has a plethora of great-great-great-great-great relatives. Here’s the problem with this particular cemetery. It’s very old and located down a winding country road. It’s in a very isolated area along a river bank. Do you know what the ground is like along a river bank? It’s soft. So when one is walking in this isolated cemetery one feels as if one is walking on a sponge. Nothing creepier than walking in a cemetery where the ground has a bit of give to it.
    Kay's blog Grave
     
    Anyway, one day it was time to plant more bulbs, so I pushed my “I’m only going because I love you” daughter into the car and we were off on a road-trip to my favorite soft-ground spooky cemetery, trowels in hand.
     
    We arrived at the cemetery, my daughter’s first comment, “Ewwww, this ground is soft. Ewww.”
     
    That year I planned on planting Irises at my great-grandfather’s grave. Fighting off the devil-mosquitoes we began to dig. Clank! “Oh dear, what was that?” We struck something.
     
    Me: “I hope it wasn’t a coffin.”
    Me: “It’s not a coffin, they’re not that close to the top, it’s probably just a stone.”
     
    More digging, this time with a little bit more trepidation. Something large and white started to appear.
     
    Me: “OMG, it’s a skull, my great-grandfather’s skull!”
    Voice of reason: “It’s not a skull. Probably just some cement they used for foundation.”
    Me: “Nah, that’s not the same texture or color. Maybe it’s a buried treasure.”
    Voice of reason: “Why would one of your poor relatives bury a treasure in a graveyard?”
    Me: “Who knows…I’ve heard some interesting family stories. Let’s keep digging. Hopefully the graveyard police won’t show up.”
    Voice of reason: “I don’t think there is such a thing as graveyard police.”
     
    Flowers momentarily forgotten, we continued to dig. The object got bigger and bigger until it was fully exposed. Guess what it was. Another tombstone. It was in fact the original tombstone of my great-grandfather. Who knew? Not me, that’s for sure. I don’t know if every cemetery is like this one, but evidently the old stones are not thrown away if there is a replacement stone. But, there was also a bonus for this particular one – the dates on the original stone didn’t match the dates on the replacement. I guess research never ends – one step forward, one step back.
     
    What did I gain from this experience? Actually, I gained a lot. I had a wonderful bonding experience with my voice-of-reason daughter and I learned that sometimes buried treasures are better than jewels. I also had a brainstorm that day. You know, there are a lot of tombstones in this particular cemetery which have large spaces between them. Could there be more buried tombstones? Could I actually find my missing great-great-great-grandmother? Just so you know, I have been talking to the cemetery's caretaker. I feel another project coming on....


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • DNA Interest Group Meeting - Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Friday, Oct 28, 2016

    Have you done a DNA test for genealogical purposes? Do you completely understand the results you received? Do you need advice in interpreting your results? Are you interested and wonder what the best test is for you? Come to the DNA Interest Group Meeting to share and learn from each other!

    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info

    6:30P - 7:30P

    Discovery Center

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Share Your Cubs Memories!

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

    Finally! The Cubs are in the World Series! And we are collecting YOUR tales of excitement, wonder, frustration and victory. Stories could include your first game at Wrigley Field, the time Grandpa caught that foul ball, when you met Ernie Banks, seeing Ron Santo clicking his heels together, listening to Harry Caray’s play-by-play of the game, or the game you attended that was called on account of rain. Your family’s moments and memories, including audio or video memories, are just as special. Please send your stories, photos and scans of souvenirs to:
    Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter
    www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter
    cubs 


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - The End

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

     So we have a few more events until Family History Month 2016 is, well, history.

    On Saturday October 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Cynthia Theusch will discuss “Locating the Records of Your Michigan Ancestors,” in the Discover Center. This class will explain where to find birth, marriage, death, probate, and land records. Discover what records are available here in The Genealogy Center and on the Internet. Discover various facilities that house records and documents to add to your research.

    “The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: History and Sources” is John Beatty’s topic for Sunday October 30, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center. The trials and executions of the men and women charged with witchcraft at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has become an iconic event in American history. Many genealogists today are descendants of one of these unfortunates or one or more of their accusers. This talk provides an overview of the event and discusses some of the historical and genealogical sources for researching this event.

    And finally, for Halloween on Monday October 31, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., also in the Discovery Ccenter, Allison Duprey Singleton will provide some highlight of “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. Come and take part in an entertaining discussion on
    morbid genealogy with a Halloween flair.

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours

    Monday, Oct 24, 2016

    Has it ever occurred to you that you could get so much research accomplished if only you didn’t have to leave The Genealogy Center when it closes? Ever wondered what your friendly genealogy librarians are like as the hour approaches midnight? Have you fantasized about finding your ancestors’ ghosts in the stacks as the witching hour approaches? Your opportunity arrives on Friday, October 28, 2016, as The Genealogy Center stays open for Midnight Madness – extended research hours from 6:00 PM to Midnight! Stay to research and grab one of the three Mini-Programs (30 minutes each of quick tips), in the Discovery Center:

    6:30 p.m., Digital Organization. Melissa Tennant will tell you how to create a personal digital collection, where your genealogical records and files can be readily organized, updated, and available at your fingertips.

    7:30 p.m., Fabulous Free Websites.  Delia Bourne will introduce you to ten fabulous free websites to use in your research. Free is great, right?

    8:30 p.m., Diggin’ DPLA: Some Tips on Accessing this Growing Resource. Curt Witcher will show you some tips for successfully using this growing database of links to important historical material.

    Be in The Genealogy Center by 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, and remember not to park in the library garage, which closes at 6 p.m.

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 4

    Friday, Oct 21, 2016

    The last full week of Family History Month starts on Sunday, October 23, 2016, with Sara Allen recounting her experience “Finding James Beavers and Other Misplaced Modern-day People,” at 1:00 PM in the Discovery Center. Have you lost track of a friend or relative? Are you seeking your birth family? Tracing people in modern times with privacy laws and less record accessibility can be challenging. Through the account of the speaker’s search for deceased Vietnam veteran James Beavers’ family, you will learn tips and strategies for finding more recent ancestors and living persons.

    On Monday October 24, 2016, at 2:30PM, Melissa Tennant will advise you on “Visiting The Genealogy Center from Home,” at 2:30PM, in the Discovery Center. Discover the treasure trove of more than three million searchable items accessible online from ACPL’s The Genealogy Center. Be there for a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s digital collections.

    “Maps & Atlases for the Family Historian” is featured on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at 6:3PM, in the Discovery Center.  Maps and atlases provide an illustrative background for our ancestors, their paths and trails, and physical surroundings as well as land ownership and usage. Delia Bourne will explain the basics of what’s available and how to use these fascinating sources.

    Melissa Tennant will discuss “Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America,” on Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. This presentation is for those seeking Indiana ancestors or family members who may have migrated through the state on their way farther west. The methods and sources for discovering your Hoosier roots will be explained along with a demonstration of the resources available for anyone seeking Indiana family history.

    Thursday October 27, 2016, features “Beginning Genealogical Research in Virginia,” presented by John Beatty at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. Virginia, the Old Dominion, was the first successful American colony, and for many genealogists, it remains a pivotal state in their research. This talk offers a beginning overview of the sources for Virginia research and will provide some strategies for overcoming its many challenges, including the problem of burned courthouses.

    It’s not the end of the week, or the end of Family History Month, so stay tuned!

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Histories – Your Bring Them, We Scan Them!

    Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

    For Family History Month, Family Search will scan your family and personal histories, biographies, local histories and autobiographies in book form (books will need a title page and author). These books will go online at FamilySearch.org.

    Books copyrighted prior to 1923 can be scanned. Books copyrighted after 1923 will have to have an accompanying authorization form the author (we can provide the forms).

    Bring your material to The Genealogy Center Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2016 and Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Come for A Day with Juliana Szucs

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2016

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

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

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

    12:15 PM-1:45 PM – Lunch on own

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

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

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes! http://www.genealogycenter.org/docs/prizes2016

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


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Day for Homeschoolers

    Friday, Oct 14, 2016

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 3

    Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

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

    Sunday, Oct 09, 2016

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • October 16, 2016: A Day in Allen County

    Friday, Oct 07, 2016

    We invite you to capture A Day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, October 16, 2016, take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day? These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community; so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a brief description you would like put with the picture.

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


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center