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  • 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

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  • Learn About MyHeritage on Saturday May 18, 2019!

    Thursday, May 09, 2019

    oin Sara Allen as she take you "Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition,: on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Meeting Room C. 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!

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • School newsletters are a great genealogy source!

    Monday, May 06, 2019


    James Smart School
    This collection contains The Smart Messenger from the James Smart School. The James H. Smart School was an elementary school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, located at the corner of Smith and Pontiac streets, and named in honor of James H. Smart, former superintendent of city schools. It opened on April 3, 1911 and closed in 1971.

    School newsletters have information on students, teachers, and school events that be of interest to genealogy researchers. We hope that this is the first of many school newsletter collections we will be offering digitally.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in May!

    Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

    For May, 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!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Genealogical Society Conference inFort Wayne April 13 2019

    Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019

    Registration is open for the Indiana Genealogical Society's 2019 annual conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Meeting Rooms ABC. The featured speaker will be DNA expert Blaine Bettinger. Indiana Genealogical Society members will receive a $10 discount if they pre-register. The schedule for the day is below.

    9:00 a.m.--Registration, Networking & Vendor Browsing
    9:30 a.m.--Welcome & Introductions
    9:45 a.m.--Session 1-A: The Danger of Distant Matches - Blaine Bettinger
          --Session 1-B: Evaluating Published Genealogies - John Beatty
    10:45 a.m.--Break & Vendor Browsing
    11:15 a.m.--Session 2-A: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 2-B: German Resources in the Genealogy Center - John Beatty
    12:15 p.m.--Lunch — on your own
    1:15 p.m.--Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting, Awards and Lineage Societies Inductions
    2:30 p.m.--Session 3-A: Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 3-B: Getting to Know the Genealogy Center's Free Databases - Allison DePrey Singleton
    3:30 p.m.--Break & Vendor Browsing
    4:00 p.m.--Session 4-A: Phasing and Mapping Your DNA - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 4-B: The 1940 Census and Preparing for the 1950 Census - Allison DePrey Singleton

    Register online for the conference using the form at http://www.indgensoc.org/conference.php. The deadline to pre-register for the conference is Tuesday, April 9, 2019; after that, registration will be $50 per person, including at the door.

    Indiana Librarians: LEU credits have been applied for; the session information will be updated when the LEU credits have been approved by the Indiana State Library.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Europe to America: The Anabaptist Mennonite Story - April 26 & 27, 2019

    Monday, Apr 01, 2019

    The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc. and The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library join in proudly presenting these special two days for genealogists seeking information on their Anabaptist Mennonite ancestors. This special event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation. All events will be at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    mennoniteblog

    On Friday, April 26, 2019:
    9:45 a.m.--Menno Simons Essentials: Who are these Mennonites? - Peggy Goertzen
    11:00 a.m.--Anabaptist and Mennonite Materials in Print and Online in The Genealogy Center - John D. Beatty
    1:30 p.m.--Swiss Roots and Beaver Branches: Ohio Anabaptist-Mennonite Stories from a Bluffton Perspective - Carrie Phillips
    3:00 p.m. --What They Brought and What They Left Behind - Adam Barrone

    On Saturday, April 27, 2019:
    9:45 a.m.--Pattern, Persecution and Faith: Why are we moving? - Peggy Goertzen
    11:00 a.m.--Berne Mennonites – A Man – A Mission - Max Haines
    1:30 p.m.--Where can I find….? Resources for Anabaptist-Mennonite Research - Joe Springer
    3:00 p.m.--Brothers Helping Brothers: The Swiss, Prussian and Dutch Low-German
    Mennonites in the 1870’s - Peggy Goertzen

    For details on each lecture and presenter, go to www.acgsi.org. Registration is $25 for each day or $40 for both. To register, go to https://www.acgsi.org/event.php.

    Indiana Librarians: These seminar sessions are eligible for LEUs.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases

    Sunday, Mar 17, 2019

    Today, we are going to highlight the newest Free Databases from states other than Indiana!

    Colored Directory of the Leading Cities of Northern California, 1916-1917 includes names and addresses of residents in several major cities and on ranches in the area, photos of some of the residences, churches and organizations, as well as statistics on how many African Americans lived in the cities (5000 in Oakland, 1500 in San Francisco and 21 in Emeryville). This is a terrific source for African American families and organizations in the area.
    Blog - Dir

    Indexed newspaper transcriptions for the Canon City (Fremont) Daily Record Index, 2014-2016, and the Saguache (County) Crescent Index, 2015-2016 include obituaries, births, marriages, engagements and more, proving that family history includes modern records as well.

    Also new is the 1948 Commencement Program for the University of Michigan. This contains a list of all graduates by name. The Claypool Subdivision & Reo Park Addition in Ingham County, Michigan includes detailed abstracts and maps.
    Blog - Reo

    Norris’ Dover Directory, 1843 from Strafford County, New Hampshire includes churches schools, government offices, as well as a regular directory of residents and a list of “Females Employed by Cochecho Manufacturing Co.,” with these ladies’ places of residence. Additionally, we have the “Record Book Kept by Daniel Osborne (1794-1871), Quaker and Banker, Dover, New Hampshire,” which includes his family record, his banker records, as well as other items of interest to him, such as the royal family of England, executions, steam boat accidents, marriages and deaths. Not nearly as eclectic is the “Moses Crawford Daybook, Kept by Moses Crawford (1776-1835), Town of Montgomery, Orange County, New York,” which primarily includes amounts collected and paid, such as soap and rye.

    The Receipts and Disbursements of the City of Cincinnati, 1857 lists receipts, expenditures, debts owed by and to the city, school funds and more. There are also three more newspaper transcriptions with indexes, this time for Ohio, Butler Co., OH--Journal-News Index, from Butler County, 2015-2016, the Greenville (Darke County) Advocate Index, 2015 and the Dayton (Montgomery County) Daily News Index for 2015-2016.

    Finally, we have a history of Pampa (Gray County, Texas) Public Schools of Pampa, 1903 to 2005, including a section of the African American schools and subsequent integration, the city’s population and school enrollment through the years, and photographs and maps.

    Again, we thank everyone for their contributions!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April!

    Thursday, Mar 14, 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, April 4, 2019 and Thursday, April 18, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us 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 established a time for your consultation.

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Tips on the American Ancestors Website

    Saturday, Feb 23, 2019

    by John

    American Ancestors is the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. The society is America’s oldest genealogical society, the publisher of the "New England Register" and many books. While it is still predominantly a New England genealogical site, the name of the site was changed from “New England Ancestors” to reflect the growing number of data sets from states outside of New England and some foreign countries. The site is accessible by subscription only, but ACPL has access to most of it. Portions are restricted to individual members and not accessible to libraries. Some of the major databases include the following:
    •    New England Register, full text of all back issues.
    •    American Genealogist (TAG), full text of back issues.
    •    New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, full text of back issues.
    •    New York wills (multiple databases).
    •    Early New England Families, 1640-1700, by Alicia Crane Williams.
    •    Great Migration Project (1620-1635), by Robert Charles Anderson.
    •    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records.
    •    Essex, Plymouth, Middlesex, Worcester Counties, MA Probate Files.
    •    Town Vital Records to 1850 (various, usually published versions).
    •    Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.
     
    Here are a few searching tips to make your research more productive. First, use asterisks and question marks to truncate searches when spelling varies. Question marks=1 letter; asterisks=more letters; quotation marks=exact phrases. Second, an “All-database search” is great for searching unusual names, but is less useful for common ones and generates too many unwanted results. Too much information in the search fields will limit successful searches. I find it easier to browse the data sets or do a search specifically within a database than do a larger search, because I am more likely to get the results I want. Finally, I use the browse feature much more often than the general search.

    American Ancestors is a great website to use in conjunction with Ancestry and Familysearch. It has records and sources that those other websites lack and may help springboard your New England research.
    American Ancestors


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness: Act on Your Family History!

    Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

    Beginning to gather family stories and history may be as simple as acting on a first step. Join us in March to learn about several easy actions you can take!

     

    Sunday March 3, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Sharing: Non-Traditional Family History Books

    Betsy Thal Gephart

    Publishing a family history needn’t be a heavy lift.  There are easier ways to share your research than a huge, formal genealogy.  The most important thing is to share your stories!  Using the thirteen books she’s written for her daughters as examples, Betsy hopes to inspire you to get started on a project that’s just the right size.

     

    Monday March 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Writing: Simple Steps to Begin Writing Your Family Stories

    Curt Witcher

    For many, writing is just another chore. Where does one start? How long does the piece have to be? The blank screen, the empty piece of paper—both can be very intimidating. Explore some techniques for making writing easier, and maybe even enjoyable with this evening of simple steps.

     

    Tuesday March 5, 2019, 6:30 P.M., Discovery Center

    Publishing: Various Options for the Family Historian

    John Beatty

    This class will examine the different publishing options for the genealogist. We will look at going out on your own with a printer, such as the HF Group of North Manchester. We evaluate online publishers such as Lulu and Createspace and publishing options. We will also examine some of the vanity presses available for publishing a genealogy. The author will come away with several options for getting their family history in print.

    MM for Blog

    Wednesday March 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Preserving: Sharing New Ideas from RootsTech

    Allison DePey Singleton & Melissa Tennant

    Melissa & Allison are just back from RootsTech 2019! Come learn about all of the fabulous products they viewed there!

     

    Thursday March 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

    Talking: Triggering Memories to Begin Conversations about Family History

    Allison DePrey Singleton

    Some of the best ways to remember something is through your senses.  In fact, the sense of smell is closely linked with memory. How do you utilize with for family history? Can you trigger memories with the other senses? Let’s explore this in an interactive presentation on triggering memories to begin conversations.  

     

    Friday March 8, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Organizing: Adventures with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat

    Kay Spears & Emily Rapoza

    Finally, after years and years of hard work you are ready to put everything together. Now what? Join Kay Spears and Emily Rapoza as they explore some tips, tricks, and hints when using Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat when compiling your family history book.

     

    Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

    Interviewing: Life Stories Hands On

    Cynthia Theusch

    Have you been curious about what goes on in the Life Stories Center? Wondering if, and how, you can use it? Come for a live demonstration of the equipment and witness one or more interviews, interlaced with questions and techniques for getting your subject to open up!


     To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of March Madness 2019!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Allen County Resources Online!

    Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

    There are some great new items in our Allen County Resources page, touching on many aspects of life in Allen County, such as schools, sports, religion, government and property, starting with the Fort Wayne Roundball, 1965-66, the first annual basketball preview for the county (see below). Included are photos and rosters for the various high school teams and includes photos of the cheerleaders and advertisements. Sticking with sports, we have Zollner Pistons: 1940-1957 From YMCA to NBA--The Rise and Demise of the Zollner Pistons, which contains information about Fred Zollner, team rosters, All-Stars, and a year-by-year history.
    Roundball

    We also have a few new General Electric Company materials, such as Elex Club scrapbooks for 1953-53, 1953, 1954-1955, 1954-1955 #2, 1955-1956, 1978-1984, a Pen-EL Scrapbook, GE Elex Partizan Scrapbook, 1952-1960 and the GE Elex Quintus Scrapbook, 1978-1983.

    Some new church records now grace our pages, such as Allen County Methodist Church Records for Arcola 1914-2015, Hoagland 1892-1921, and the Sheldon Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1879-1891. There is a Faith United Church of Christ 25th Anniversary booklet, 1968-1993, complete with photographs, a booklet for the Golden Jubilee Honoring the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Charles H. Thiele, 1888-1938, St. Peter Church, and a booklet for the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Diamond Jubilee, 1872-1947.

    Dutch Ridge Remembered--1900, Cedar Creek, Allen County, Indiana recalls the community on Old Auburn Road, just south of the DeKalb County line, and has many families noted and a great map (see below), and Community Development Photos include a number of historic houses arranged by district.
    Dutch Ridge

    You can examine the Park Master Plan Phase I for Fort Wayne, part of the Parks and Recreation section of the Community Development Library, 1974-2002, and see the
    Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners Annual Reports for 1925 through 1932.
    And there is the Pleasant Township Road Tax Lists, 1880, and in Fort Wayne City Documents, you can find the Fort Wayne City Inaugural Ceremony, 1960, and Fort Wayne Police Department the 1990 annual report.

    A very useful addition is the Aboite Township School Enumeration, 1866-1895, and we also have the Aboite Township School Trustees Records, 1867-1893, Allen County, Indiana, as well as additional Fort Wayne Public Schools and Public Library directories for 1929-1930, 1933-1934 and 1950-1951.

    We have club records for Morning Star 346, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Theta Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Fort Wayne, 2016, and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Fall Reunion 1928, Valley of Fort Wayne.

    We have Updated Abstracts of Title (Williams Addition), Bercot Addition, Lot 20, Ewing Addition, Lots 5 and 10, and South Wood Park Addition, Lot 83.

    And finally, we have updated the Fort Wayne/Allen County Obituaries Index, which brings the total number of indexed obituaries to 11, 306 and the 2017 Lindenwood burials.

    Anyone researching Fort Wayne and Allen County needs to check out these great sources!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Cemeteries included in Our Free Databases

    Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

    We have lots of new cemetery listings for our Free Databases, so let’s go alphabetically by state.

    For Autauga County, Alabama we have the Apperson Family Cemetery, Autaugaville Cemetery, Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Burt Cemetery, and Old Autaugaville Cemetery, and, for Elmore County, Bethlehem West Baptist Cemetery.

    There is only one this time for Indiana, Citizens Cemetery in Wabash County.

    In Kansas, we now have Griffin Cemetery, Hamon Cemetery, Heatherly Cemetery,
    Miller Cemetery, Mormon Grove Cemetery, Neill Cemetery, Parry Family Cemetery, Sacks Cemetery, Sapp Cemetery, Springhill Cemeteryand Wills Cemetery, all in Atchison County.


    Only one in Louisiana, Zion Travelers Cemetery, St John the Baptist Parish.

    Finally, we have quite a few cemeteries for Ohio, including Boone, Bradford, and Crissman in Adams County, and Beery, Chivington, Coats, Coil, Dixon, King, Knight,
    Landfair, Palmer, Skeels, and Zimmerman in Mercer County, Ohio.

    Thanks to everyone who donates these great records for your research pleasure!


     

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Items at Our Military Heritage

    Friday, Jan 18, 2019

    We have some great new military sources on Our Military Heritage, starting with the Civil War, we have a photo of Joseph Godfrey Swartz of Miller's Company, Rockbridge County, Virginia Reserves, and records for William Coil, 31st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and Christopher Lampy, 35th Iowa Infantry. The latter two include a variety of records, including service records, surgeons’ certificates, and pension records.

    We also have various materials for the 30th Regiment Indiana Infantry Volunteers, including the Nineteenth Annual Reunion booklet in 1902, and the Reunion Programme and Roster for 1911.

    And we have acquired an image of the Bugle Call, Exhibits of War Relics in Fort Wayne in 1886. The broadside indicates that the exhibit and entertainment will be at the Library Hall, December 9 to December 24.
    Bugle

    For World War I, we have various records for Henry Greenhagen, U.S. Army, including a photo, his honorable discharge and his 1970 obituary. We also have the World War I Honor Roll of Wapello County, Iowa, which includes photos and a brief biography for most of their service people and nurses, and a list of their Gold Star Men.
    And we have a 1961 publication entitled Naval Forces Indiana From 1921, a short history of the Naval reserves of Indiana.

    There are photos an brief biographies for Carlyle Swartz and Joseph Gibboney Swartz, both in the Army in World War II, and photos and clippings for Robert Seibold, 141st and 36th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, as well as a service diary for Robertson B. Clarke of the U.S. Navy, which includes pages of autographs of various people he met. We also have a group photo of Co. D, 61st Medical Training Battalion, A.S.F.T.C., Camp Barkeley, Texas, June 16, 1944.
    Buddies

    And finally, we have From Kinsmoor to Korea: The Korean War Letters of Walter Harrison Sprunger by Douglas M. Lehman. This database is searchable and includes letters to as well as from Sprunger.

    And remember, you, too, can include your military life or ancestors by contributing photos, service records and collections to Our Military Heritage.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for February 2019!

    Tuesday, Jan 15, 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, February 12, 2019 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us 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 established a time for your consultation.

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Genealogist Lara Diamond to Speak on DNA

    Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

    The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to host genealogist, Lara Diamond, for two DNA and Genealogy presentations on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  A professional genealogist with expertise in DNA and Eastern European Jewish roots, Ms. Diamond lectures frequently and blogs at “Lara’s Jewnealogy.”

    At 2:00 on February 17, she will present “DNA 101: How to Use Genetic Testing for Genealogical Research.”  Following that presentation, at 3:30, Ms. Diamond will continue with “Sorting Distant Cousins from Close Family,” including the challenges of endogamous populations such as Ashkenazi Jews.  The program is made possible with funding from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.  Members of the NEIJGS will have an opportunity to meet further with Lara Diamond at a special dinner that evening. 
    LaraDiamondBlog

    The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society was started in the spring of 2018 and is one of the newest members of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.   It is dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.   The Society includes members with a broad range of backgrounds and genealogical skills.   In November of 2018, Mr. Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen, was the featured speaker.  Dr. Elizabeth Anthony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a program on May 5, 2019 about the International Tracing Service.

    The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center houses one of the largest research collections available to genealogists, incorporating records from around the world.   Visitors are welcome to take advantage of the long weekend to visit the collection.  Library hours are 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, noon to 5pm on Sunday, and 9am to 9pm on Monday.

    For information about joining the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, contact NEIndianaJGS@gmail.com, check out the Facebook page, or download a brochure

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Using Indiana Township Trustee Records

    Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018

    by John

    The smallest level of local government administration in Indiana is the Township Trustee. An elected office since the nineteenth century, the trustee originally exercised responsibility for erecting schoolhouses, employing teachers, building roads, digging ditches, holding elections, maintaining cemeteries, and distributing relief for the poor. They kept a variety of record books in which they recorded minutes of meetings and a variety of other acts that pertained to their official duties. Often these books are filled with names of local residents in a variety of contexts.

    Genealogists today face a variety of challenges in locating township records. In some cases, these volumes may still be in the custody of a trustee, but that is in no way a certainty and the thread of custody may have gotten lost over time. Deemed unimportant, some records have doubtless been lost over the years or destroyed. Conversely, these volumes may be stored in attics, barns, or other locations where former trustees once resided. In the 1980s, the Genealogy Center received a number of records from Jackson Township, Allen County, which a researcher discovered stored in a chicken coop. Genealogists who take the time to examine these township trustee records may find their efforts rewarded with information not found anywhere else. Particularly valuable are lists of local residents who sent their children to school in a given year or the names of students, serving as a kind of census substitute for years when there are no federal census schedules.

    The Genealogy Center recently digitized several record books originally held by the Aboite Township, Allen County, Trustee. They include:

    School Enumeration Records, 1866-1895 
    School Trustees Records, 1866-1893 

    John's Blog Teachers employed

    Going through the records one sees such familiar names as William Hamilton and Thomas Covington, for who West Hamilton and Covington roads are named, as well as lists of all of the parents or guardians who sent children to school.

    What exists for some of Allen County’s other townships? The Jackson Township records, all recovered from the chicken coop, are the most extensive and have either been restored or microfilmed. They include ditch fund records, road supervision records, miscellaneous school reports (1879-1909), school enumerations, cash books, and poor fund claims. Among the more unusual is a so-called “Sheep Record,” in which the owners of sheep, fowl, hogs, and other livestock made claims for those killed or maimed by dogs between 1928 and 1979. Check the library catalog under “Jackson Township Allen County” for a list of the variety of books for this township.

    Other townships have turned in fewer records, but we are unable to say other records are not now extant. A single volume from Lake Township, Allen County, 1842-1846, GC 977.201 AL5La, contains trustee meeting minutes that followed the creation of the township. The pages record the outcomes of local elections and the names of voters as well as constable reports, fee assessments, and records of oaths for such offices as fence viewer and road supervisor. Two original schoolhouse grade books, 1888-1889, GC 977.201 AL5sr, and 1901-1903, GC 977.201 AL5sra, contain records of pupils, the schools they attended, their teachers, and the grades they received.

    The Trustees’ School Record of Monroe Township, Allen County, 1866-1880, 977.201 AL5mou, contains lists of names to whom the trustee disbursed school funds, mostly for the construction of schoolhouses or the purchase of school land. A record book from a single school, the Stephenson School District 1 at Hoffman and Morgan roads, 1923-1925, GC 977.201 AL5mot, records a list of the pupils and their attendance. There is also a Voting Record and Expense Accounts volume, 1858-1872, GC 977.201 AL5monv, for Monroe Township, including a complete list of voters at the poll on 2 April 1860 and the tally of votes for various offices.

    Several volumes from Washington Township, Allen County, are extant, including School Attendance Records, 1904-1907, GC 977.201 AL5scht; the Register of the District 5 School, 1910-1912, GC 977.201 AL5schr; and another School Register, 1919-1925, GC 977.201 AL5schu. Each book is filled with the names of local pupils, their teachers, and grades. On microfilm there is an Enumeration of White and Colored Males over the Age of 21, dated 1901, which serves as a census substitute.

    Finally, a single volume of records from Perry Township School District 1, 1867-1904, GC 977.201 AL5perr, contains minutes of meetings held for the maintenance of the so-called Dutch Ridge Schoolhouse at Chapman and Auburn roads. The volume includes expense account records for repair work to the school, but it has no lists of pupils.

    John's Blog Dutch Ridge School

    We in the Genealogy Center would like to digitize other township trustee records, if they can be located, for any county. We also encourage researchers to explore these little-used sources for information not found in other places. The variety of information they contain should tantalize any researcher.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for January!

    Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

    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 Wednesday January 16 2019 and Monday, January 28, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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

    If you need a different time, contact us 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 established a time for your consultation.

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • December One-on-One Consultations!

    Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

    For December, 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.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One on One Consultations for November!

    Friday, Oct 26, 2018

    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 November 6, 2018 and Thursday November 29, 2018, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. 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