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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Last Family History Month Events!

    Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

    They say that all good things must come to an end, and so does Family History Month. But before it goes, we have several last events for you!

    Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center I am Hilda Schrader Whitcher: Social Security History - Allison DePrey Singleton The Social Security Death Index and Applications are invaluable to family historians but why was it created? Sometimes to understand every aspect of a great resource, you need to know the history. This presentation will look at the history of Social Security and the identity of Hilda Schrader Whitcher.

    Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30p.m., Discovery Center Finding Fort Wayne Photographs - Delia Cothrun Bourne There are many visual sources for Fort Wayne and Allen County, showing streets, buildings, people and more. Learn about some of the sources available for locating old photographs of your town!
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center Using Tax Records in Genealogical Research - John Beatty Tax records are an underutilized source in genealogical research, and yet they are absolutely crucial for finding familial connections, especially in states like Virginia where many other records are lost. This talk will explore the various ways our ancestors were taxed and how to locate and interpret those records in our family history research.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center Genealogy of the Tragedies: Death and Sorrow in America - Allison DePrey Singleton Every family has at least one tragedy in their family narrative. Let’s explore the process of researching some of these tragedies and how you can apply these same methods to your family history research.

    To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    And thanks for helping us celebrate Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 4!

    Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

    Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Greenlawn Cemetery
    Cemeteries Are Not Just for Ghosts - Allison DePrey Singleton
    This program designed for ALL ages will take place in Greenlawn Cemetery. Come learn basic cemetery etiquette, participate in a scavenger hunt to search for unique gravestone carvings and symbolism, and learn how cemeteries can be helpful for family history research. Meet at the Greenlawn Parking Lot, 6750 Covington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Please dress comfortable for walking outside.

    Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Native American/First Nations Research - Curt Witcher
    This presentation provides an overview for the person beginning Native American genealogical research. Emphasis is placed on paying close attention to historical details, the major differences between Euro-American and Native American societies, and conducting research within the proper historical and geographic contexts. Major records groups are defined with an extensive bibliography provided.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center Naming Practices and Genealogy - John Beatty What were the names your ancestors gave to their children? The choice of names can tell us a lot about a family, sometimes one of only a few clues he or she may have left us. This talk will explore naming systems used by various cultures in Europe and America, and will show examples of how you can sometimes break through brick walls in your research by understanding naming patterns.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Discovering Our FANs and Collaterals - Melissa Tennant
    This session will show how exploring the Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors (FANs) and relatives of your direct ancestors can help demolish the genealogical brickwall.

    Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center DNA Testing Techniques for Adoptees - Sara Allen Have you sought your birth family through traditional genealogical research, but had no luck? Adding DNA testing to your tool box can break down that brick wall and help find biological family members. This session is applicable to anyone with unknown close biological family members, including those with an unknown father or unknown grandparents.
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    Friday, October 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Discovery Center Days with Diahan Southard - DNA Workshop - Diahan Southard A fun and interactive, no-computers-required genetic genealogy workshop that will have you actually DOING genetic genealogy. Registration is required. To register, go to https://www.acgsi.org.

    Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight, The Genealogy Center
    Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours
    Have you ever wished to be locked in the library at night with all of the genealogical goodies at your fingertips? Well, stay up late with The Genealogy Center Staff for extra research time and a little bit of learning! Plus, three 30-minute sessions will be offered in the Discovery Center:
    6:30 p.m.: Last Seen: Finding Family after Slavery – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    After the Civil War, divided African American families began to place advertisements in black newspapers across the country hoping to gain a clue to discovering their lost loved ones. “Last Seen” was created to promote crowdsourcing to transcribe and post these inquiries. Come learn about this fabulous source.
    7:30 p.m.: What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Join us on a brief tour of The Genealogy Center where you will be introduced to our massive physical collection. This tour will give you a better idea of where to look for that fantastic book you located in our catalog. *Please be prepared to stand and walk for half an hour.
    8:30 p.m.: Beyond Google: Conducting a Reasonably Exhaustive Search – Curt Witcher This presentation is a quick look at locating materials for one’s research that may not be immediately obvious.

    Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:15 – 5:00 p.m., Meeting Rooms A,B, & C Days with Diahan Southard - Diahan Southard “Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best Matches,” “Organizing Your DNA Results,” “Genetic Genealogy Advanced,” and “Three Ways to Get Your Children and Grandchildren Involved in Genealogy.” Registration is required. To register, go to https://www.acgsi.org/event.php. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Part of Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 3!

    Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

    Get ready for great things coming in the third week of Family History Month, like:

    Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    Unlocking the Past with Digital African American Collections - Melissa Tennant
    Learn about the amazing African American collections that are freely available online and the best ways to access them.

    Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    School Work – Finding & Using School Resources in Family History - Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Education in the United States has been a fluid process from colonial days to the present. Discover what education-based resources you can utilize when finding your ancestors!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “The Douglas Has Come!” Stephen A. Douglas and the Presidential Campaign of 1860 in Fort Wayne - John Beatty
    This talk will discuss the presidential election of 1860 particularly as it relates to Fort Wayne. It will focus especially on the appearance of Stephen Douglas in Fort Wayne on October 2, 1860, and the racial hatred that was expressed during that visit as well as the social divide that existed in the community at that time.
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    Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
    ACGSI Computer Interest Group
    Join the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana’s Computer Interest Group for tips for using your computer for family history!

    Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    PERSI Help Session - Adam Barrone
    Unsure of how to use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)? We’ll help you jump into PERSI to find resources you may have missed. Bring a laptop or tablet which you can connect to the library’s wireless internet along with a list of surnames and geographic locations of interest to you. (Don’t have a laptop or tablet? We will have a few computers to use on a first come, first serve basis.)

    Friday, October 19, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Jumping the Pond: Beginning to Research Your European Immigrant Ancestors – Allison DePrey Singleton
    You found your immigrant ancestor, now what? Let’s look at the different types of records that may help you find out more about your immigrant ancestors and their families.

    Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    Indiana Avenue - Life and Musical Journey from 1915 to 2015 - Aleta Hodge
    A book talk that shares the 100-year history of an African American family and the music legacy of Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Part of Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 2!

    Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018

    So, now that you've learned how to search for information about your house, and the use of city directories, and all of the other great events of the first week of Family History Month, you're ready to run onto Week 2!

    Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center, 
    Tracking Your Illinois Ancestors, Sara Allen
    Learn about the essential websites and important physical repositories for Illinois genealogical research.

    Monday, October 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Beginning to Tennessee Research, Delia Cothrun Bourne
    The sixteenth state admitted to the Union, Tennessee‘s rich history is one of contrasts as pioneers settled or passed through to points west. Learn about the wide variety of sources available to researchers of the Volunteer State!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Genealogical Research in Maryland, John Beatty
    As one of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland is a pivotal state for exploring ancestors who later moved into the Midwest and Deep South. It has some of the most complete extant records of early America, many of which are published. This session, intended for the beginner, will explore the many available records available in this state and how to find them both in books and online.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Meeting Room A
    Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy - Floyd Clown Sr and author William Matson
    Crazy Horse family elder Floyd Clown Sr and author William Matson will discuss and sign their book "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" based on the family’s oral history.
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
    Non-population Schedules, Randy Richardson
    Join the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana for their monthly meeting. All are welcome!

    Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Empire State Genealogy, Sara Allen
    New York ancestral research can be challenging, due to record loss and lack of civil marriage records prior to 1880. Fortunately many other valuable types of genealogical resources exist. Attendees will learn about the records that are available for New York State and NYC and where to find these great resources.

    Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Hoosier Hospitality: Immigrating to Indiana, Allison DePrey Singleton
    Indiana is considered the Crossroads of America. Many families passed through Indiana on their way west but many stayed. Join us as we look at immigration to the Hoosier State and some uniquely Hoosier resources for family history.

    Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Discovery Center
    Basics of Adobe Elements, Kay Spears
    A walk through Adobe Elements. What’s new? What’s exciting? What’s useful? Discover some techniques, tips, workarounds, which may be used when restoring, enhancing, and retouching scanned documents, photographs, and family artifacts in Adobe Elements.

    To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Part of Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 1!

    Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018

    Family History Month starts next Monday, and there are informative events almost every day! Have a peek:

    Monday, October 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Basics of Scanning, Kay Spears
    Learn about scanning, one of the ways to save your family photographs, documents, letters, diaries, etc. This program will cover the basics of scanning, from how to handle your different artifacts to the file format in which your family treasures should be saved. There will be a demonstration with a flatbed scanner, and you are invited to bring a few photographs to scan and save to your USB drive.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    City Directories: More than Basic Facts, Melissa Tennant
    City directories provide more than just a name and address for a particular year. Discover the stories held within these volumes.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Researching the History of Your House, Cynthia Theusch
    Discover the various resources available to learn about the history of your house and the people who lived there. This session will help you with ideas for researching houses both in the city and rural areas.

    Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    DNA Interest Group Meetings, Sara Allen
    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 & Genealogy Interest Group Meetings on the 1st Thursday of the month from to share and learn from each other! Beginners meet at 6:30 p.m., more advanced researchers gather at 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 5, 2018 – Closed for Staff Day

    Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Discovery Center
    Sharing Your Story – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’s, Rick Voight
    Would you like to relive treasured memories and share your story with kids and grandkids? We will show you fast and easy ways to digitize and revive photos of friends, family, and adventures that are gathering dust in closets and digital shoeboxes. Learn how to digitize pictures, restore them to original quality (with as little as one click), and how to tell your story to future generations. In one session, you can begin the enjoyable pastime of organizing, digitizing photos, and storytelling.
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    To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Part of Family History Month 2018.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Is Coming!

    Monday, Sep 10, 2018

    October is Family History Month, and The Genealogy Center celebrates by offering a month of exciting events! We have information on DNA testing for adoptees, Native American and African American research, searching in various states, emigrant ancestors, two days with Diahan Southard, a Sunday afternoon at Greenlawn Cemetery, and our Midnight Madness extended Research Hours on Friday October 26. Check out all of the events at our brochure and make your plans today!
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  • August One-on-One Consultations!

    Monday, Jul 16, 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 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday August 9, 2018 and Tuesday August 14, 2018. 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.
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  • New Free Databases - Church Records

    Friday, Jul 13, 2018

    Church records can solve so many genealogical mysteries, so we always consider ourselves fortunate when we have new church material for our Free Databases pages.

    We will start out with the Ladies Aid of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana. These records consist of Membership and Receipts Books, 1957-1990, Receipt and Disbursement Records, 1947-1990, Treasurers Records, 1982-1990, and the 1981 and 1983 yearbooks. This is a wealth of information for the congregants.

    Sticking with Indiana, we have Clear Creek Christian Church (Monroe County) anniversary books for 100 and 125 years (1938 and 1963); the Star City (Pulaski County) United Methodist Church Directory (see below); Eberhard Lutheran Church Records, 1941-1985, for Whitley County; and Hortonville (Hamilton County) Friends Meeting Minutes, 1941-1985.
    Star City UM

    For Illinois, we have Willow Creek Presbyterian Church Diamond Jubilee, 1920; Centennial Anniversary, 1945; and 125th Anniversary, 1970. Willow Creek is in Winnebago County. And, finally we have a history for St. Mary Church History, Mound City, in Pulaski County.

    These are all great sources for church members and their families!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lasting Lawyer Legacy Project

    Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018

    The Lasting Lawyer Legacy Project is an ACBA/ New Lawyer’s Section initiative. They have partnered with the Allen County Public Library to capture the stories of the seasoned attorneys whom we respect and whom we admire, and they are now online! Memories include various aspects of modern Allen Count history and are interesting in the extreme! Newest entries include: Steve Adair, Vincent Backs, Sherrill Colvin, Wendy Davis, Donald Doxsee, Denia Ellis, Jim Fenton, Ron Gehring, William Harris, Stanley Hood, Philip Larmore, Stanley Levine, Judge Paul Mathias, Jeanne S. Miller, William F. McNagny, Dawn Rosemond, Judge David Avery, Roger Hultquist, Robert Kabisch, Frank Kimbrough, Mac Parker, Patrick Proctor, Dan Roby, Stanley Rosenblatt, John Schenkel, Perry Shilts, Thomas Shoaff, Dan Sigler, James Springer, Brian Stier, Denny Sutton, Don Swanson,  Josh Tourkow, John Williams, Kenneth Yahne, Mike Yates, and Tom Yoder.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Author Visit July 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Discovery Center

    Monday, Jul 02, 2018

    The Genealogy Center welcomes award-winning historian Anna-Lisa Cox for a discussion of her latest book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.

    Come on July 8th at 2pm to The Genealogy Center to hear Anna-Lisa Cox discuss her book. To learn more about the book, click here.

    To learn more about this FREE event, call: (260) 421-1225 or email: Genealogy@acpl.info.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases from Around the USA

    Sunday, Jun 24, 2018

    We’ve recently added material from several states to our Free Databases.

    For Louisiana, we have the Fuselier-Dupre Cemetery from Acadia Parish, and the Opelousas Militia, 1770 Muster Roll of St. Landry Parish. Both of these databases were provided by the wonderful Jim Cox.

    Heading east, we have a Union County, North Carolina for 1907, which shows residents’ locations and a the booklet for the Trappe Methodist Church, 173rd Anniversary, 1781-1954, in Talbot County, Maryland, which includes the history for the church and a list of pastors.

    We have a nifty List of Pre-1847 Court Records in the State New York Archives and Selected Records Relating to the New York State Canals.

    We have the Jesse Page Carpenter Collection, which includes the images of his
    Medical Journal, and an Index to the Medical Journal with his Biography. Dr. Carpenter practiced in Crittenden County, Vermont, 1804-1820. These Carpenter documents and research materials were generously provided by Ann Harrigan Raymont of Indianapolis, and Margaret Hobson of Spencerville, Indiana.

    We have the Mount Avon Cemetery, Oakland County, Michigan, a 1989 Walking Tour booklet, which includes a history and map of the cemetery along with notable burials, and we have Patricia Harney’s Vital Records and Other Michigan Family Information Transcribed From the Saline Observer,” which covers 1880-1882 and 1890-1894.

    Additionally for Michigan we have the 1933 History of Michigan Masonic Home, Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan, which includes a history of the home, description and financial details.

    We have the Dedication Service booklet for the 1963 Dedication of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church, in Montpelier, Williams County, Ohio, which includes a roll of pastors and photos including these of the Congregation and the parking lot.
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    And, finally, we now have an Index to the book They Seek a Country: A Survey of Mennonite Migrations, which is available in The Genealogy Center (call number GC 929.102 M52WI). This index was compiled by Doug Lehman and is presented here with his permission.

    So many wonderful sources, so little time!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for July!

    Thursday, Jun 21, 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 from 2PM to 4PM on Tuesday July 17, 2018 and Tuesday July 24, 2018. 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.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Resources

    Monday, Jun 18, 2018

    The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne has donated some of their material to create an archives for the society and we have an entirely new section devoted to these materials. Sections include copies of their newsletters, Rotary Spin and Tickler, and rosters. And now the Archives section includes 25th, 50 and 75th anniversary materials, their constitution and by-Laws, and a timeline from 1905 to 2015.

    There are lots of photos in Rotary Events for 100 PENTX; the Elks Golf Outing and Washington School, 2004; Foreign Rotary Dignitaries, 25 March 2005; Golf Outings, July and August; River Cleanup, 2004; River Greenway Opening, 2005; and events from Washington School I 2004 and 2005.

    Finally, there is Celebrating 100 Years of Service, to observe their Centennial, and fundraising, construction and dedication documents, photos and videos of the Rotary Clock Tower, located on the Library Plaza on Wayne Street.
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    Thank you to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne for allowing us to host their materials!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free African American Databases!

    Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

    We have some fabulous new items in the Marsha Smiley African American Collection!

    Subpages have been added for the African/African American Historical Museum Highlights, Fraternal Organizations, and Spirit Flight. 

    We have new biographies on Judge William L. Briggs, Terra Brantley, Verna M. Adams, Levan Scott, Hana Stith, Edward Elkins, Walter Tharp, Jr., Lionel Tobin, Barker Davie, Jr., Lewis Sims, Rae Pearson, Barker Davie, Marshall White, William Hayden, Eric Wilson, and Veronica Townes in the Crossing Opportunity’s Threshold. These are terrific articles, like the ones for Victor Eugene “Gene” Butler: Community Pharmacist, Owner of Community Care Pharmacy and Helen S. Pickett: 1st Black Female License Mortician in Indiana.
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    There is also a new subheading for Publications which include: Art of the Alabama Road Trip; Condra Leach Ridley; Edna Rowland Williams; Impacting Democracy; Purple Hull Peas Offer Rich Taste, Rich Heritage; Pushing the Color Line: Race and Employment in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1933-1963; The Children’s Crusade; CitiLink Celebrates Multigenerational Tradition; Eddie Noel; Fort Wayne’s Early African-American Settlers; A Legacy of Trailblazing and Activist Women in Fort Wayne; Robert Hayden; Roma Stewart: Fort Wayne Pioneer Families; Metro Youth Sports, Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Paying Tribute to Willie Long; Black 1st; Illuminating a Legacy; Johnny Bright: Feats/Feet of Strength; Slavery in New York; Showing Gratitude Where It’s Due; Voice of the Elders: Building a Life in Our Own Community; and the ALA Report; June 23-25; 2017 of Connie Scott; President of Indiana Black Librarians Network.  2017.
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Cemetery Records!

    Sunday, Jun 10, 2018

    A non-genealogist may think that family history research is only done with books or maybe computers, but we all know the joys of tramping through cemeteries, searching for that one specific marker to provide the information that we really, really need. We may have to travel hours or days to visit the right burial ground. But if we are lucky, someone may have visited the site and transcribed all of the markers. At one time, this sort of record might be in a volume some enterprising individual or society published, or in a society journal. But now we have the Internet! And The Genealogy Center hosts many of these records on our Free Databases page.

    For Bartholomew County, Indiana, we’ve recently posted Bryant Cemetery, Burnett-Bennell Cemetery, Azalia Methodist Cemetery, Bush Family Graveyard, Carney Cemetery, Carson Family Graveyard, Carvin Family Graveyard, Clemons Family Cemetery, and Robertson Cemetery, and for Henry County, Indiana, Bell Cemetery, Berger Family Cemetery, Bowers Cemetery, Brookshire Duck Creek Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, Bundy Cemetery, Shepherd Cemetery, Beech Grove Cemetery, Bunner Cemetery, Christian Friends/Finch Cemetery, Conway/Kessinger Cemetery, Devon Universalist Church Cemetery, Ebenezer Cemetery, and the gravesite of Martha Bucy. We also have Apostolic Cemetery, B’nae Zion Jewish Cemetery, Beatty’s Corner Cemetery, and Faith United Methodist Cemetery in LaPorte County, Indiana.

    In Adair County, Kentucky, we have Bailey Cemetery, Banks Cemetery in Absher, Banks Cemetery in Columbia, Bardin Family Cemetery, Barnes Cemetery, Barr Cemetery, Benjamin Evans Cemetery,  Bennett Cemetery, Bennett Family / Nalley Cemetery, Bennett Family Cemetery in Cane Valley, Bennett Family Cemetery in Weed, Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Beulah Chapel Cemetery, Blair Cemetery, Blakey Cemetery, Blessed Hope Old Regular Baptist Church Cemetery, Botts-Orr Cemetery, and Bradshaw Cemetery. And for Woodford County, Kentucky, we have Adams Family Cemetery, Allen Cemetery, Ayres Family Cemetery, Cherry Grove Cemetery, Cook-Mitchell Cemetery, Guyn Family Cemetery, Josiah Felix Family Cemetery, Mortonsville Black Cemetery, Paul Family Cemetery, Reuben Young Cemetery, Singleton Hill Cemetery, and the Thomas Steele, Sr. Cemetery.

    A few for Adams County, Illinois include Adams County Poor Farm Cemetery, Adamson Cemetery, Allen Family Cemetery, Amen Cemetery, Baker Cemetery, Banton Cemetery, Benton Family Cemetery, Beverly Cemetery, Booth Memorial Cemetery, Bowles Cemetery, Britt-Hultz Cemetery,  and Broady Cemetery.

    Four cemeteries in Atlantic County, New Jersey are Estellville M.E. Cemetery, Somers Burial Ground, Steelman Family Burial Ground, and Steelmans Creek Burial Ground.

    All of the above have been made available through the hard work and generosity of Jim Cox. Thanks, Jim!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More for Our Military Heritage!

    Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018

    There are a few new records on Our Military Heritage.

    We have a couple of World War I large group photos this time, including the 36th Infantry, “I” Recruit Company, Fort Snelling, Minn., in 1918, 4th Co., 1st Battalion, 159 Depot Brigade, and a Preview of 12th Division, Camp Devens, Sept. 14, 1918. The great thing about these photos is that you can click anywhere and see an enlarged single section, like this one of Purdue University WWI unit.
    Purdue

    Also for World War I, we have records for Howard Carling, 27th Engineers, and the Warren Longstreth, 349th Infantry, National Army collection, including diaries, sketches and souvenirs.

    We also have some large group photos for World War II, including
    Co. 1743, 20 December 1043 and 31st Regiment Personnel, 6 April 1945, both from the U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois (see below), for Co C, 31st Infantry Training Battalion, a Photo from March 1944 & Roster, December 1943-April 1944, and, finally, a photo of the Men of Diehard, 2nd Platoon Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division.
    Naval Station

    We also have the 1943 and 1944 issues of The Stout Fielder, from Stout Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, and material for the USS Colorado, including Photographs and a scrapbook that contains a number of pages from the ship’s newsletter, Shorebird.

    For specific servicemen, we have a memorial card for Walter Werner, 9th Armored Division, and various records for Private Daniel Allgeier, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 423rd Infantry Regiment, who was killed in action in Germany on 21 December 1944. We have materials for Wendell Wayne Fenn, 101st Airborne, 327th Glider Infantry, Doyne L. Ferris, U.S. Army Air Corps, Harold Talmage Hawkins, 602nd and 609th Field Artillery Battalion, U.S. Army, Robert Eugene Hawkins, U.S. Navy, and from our colleague, Allison DePrey Singleton, records for Harold Edward DePrey, U.S. Signal Corps (see below) and Merlin Francis Hillman, Marine Fighting Squadron 413.
    DePrey

    We also have collections of letters of Charles Harris, U.S. Navy and William Lynn Killen, U.S. Army, who died in 1945 in France.

    And finally, we have material for James Andrew McBride, U.S. Naval Academy, 1922 and for Phillip Ardath Hawkins, U.S. Air Force, Peacetime Service from 1958-2004.

    Take a few minutes to browse these items and think about the sacrifices these people made.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More School Material in Free Databases

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    We recently detailed some of our newest Free Databases for that are Indiana school oriented, but we also get lots of materials for mother states as well, like the yearbooks for Skinner School (Bloomington, McLean Co., IL), 1908-1909 and Marysville (Nodaway Co., MO) High School, 1917, a list of graduates for Lebanon (Smith Co., KS) High School, 1895-1984,  and a nifty photo of the 6th grade of Bunker Hill School, Ashtabula County, Ohio, with the students identified on the back of the photo.
    Blog - Ashtabula

    There are several items for Continental High School in Putnam County, Ohio including the 1912 annual and commencement program, and several miscellaneous photographs, and Class of 1945 50th and 55th Reunion booklets for Lemoyne High School in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, but one of my favorite items in this batch of new databases is the booklet for the Hinsdale Township (DuPage Co., IL) High School Class Trip of 1935. The mimeographed booklet details the 10-day educational journey by rail, bus and automobile to several spots in the east including Pittsburgh, Annapolis and Williamsburg from April 6 through April 12. Parents are advised to provide $5 to $10 for incidentals such as tips or souvenirs. Students are also cautioned that they must be in bed by 11 p.m., ready for breakfast by 7:30 a.m., and that the chaperones reserve the right to send troublesome students home.
    Blog - Conduct

    Take a stroll down memory lane, someone’s memory land anyway, and enjoy browsing these items.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center