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  • One-on-One Consultations in June!

    Tuesday, May 22, 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 June 5, 2018 and Wednesday June 27, 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for May 2018!

    Tuesday, Apr 17, 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 May 15, 2018 and Thursday May 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • IPFW - UC2 Digitization Days: April 7 and April 21

    Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018

    Did you or a family member work in manufacturing here in Allen County? Do you have nifty "souvenirs" like photographs, name badges, time cards, old manuals? Bring them to The Genealogy Center on Saturday April 7 or Saturday April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the IPFW - UC2 Digitization Days to preserve this material for the future! We will scan them while you wait!
    Harvester

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • April One-on-One Consultations

    Wednesday, Mar 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 Thursday April 12, 2018 and Tuesday, April 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week - April 23 - April 27, 2018

    Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018

    An important part of family history is preservation: preservation of family and community history, preservation of family and community documents and heirlooms, preservation of stories and oral history. The Genealogy Center will celebrate Preservation Week April 23 to April 27, 2018, with information on the care and preservation of your family’s, and your community’s, legacy. Sessions will be held in the Discovery Center during the last week of April. For information about the events, see the brochure.

    Monday April 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Save Me! Recreating Professional Archivist Strategies at Home - Emily Rapoza
    When looking at old documents or photographs, the first questions asked are often: “What do I do with this?” or “How do I save this?” Learn the initial steps to help keep documents safe and preserved at home, including encapsulation and digitization. Emily will include some demonstrations!

    Tuesday April 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    Your Home Archives: Organizing and Preserving the Heirloom Paper in Your Life - John Beatty
    This session will offer guidance on how to preserve and arrange those precious documents so that they can be kept safe for today and passed down to the future.

    Wednesday April 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    I Have My Family “Stuff” (Photos, Papers, Diaries, etc.): What’s Next? - Melissa Tennant, Kay Spears, Emily Rapoza
    Do you have a box of stuff? Do you have photographs, letters, diaries, cards and scraps of paper that you don’t know what to do with? How does one preserve a photograph, a journal, a diary, etc.? How does one go about scanning? What are the recommended ways of preserving family memories? What tools are available on Apple or Windows computers which may be used for preserving family images, etc.? How do you label photos, letters and journals? How do you organize, number, label and store items? This is the time to ask your questions! Our panelists are ready to answer these questions and more!

    Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discover Center
    A Need to Remember: Preserving Memories - Allison DePrey Singleton
    Trying to keep someone’s memory alive can be difficult as the years go by. Realizing your children and grandchildren will have questions for you after you are gone can raise awareness of a need. Losing a dear friend or family member can trigger a need. The desire to preserve our history or a loved one’s history can pop up at any time. This presentation will explore different options for preserving stories, photographs, and memories.

    Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center & Maker Lab, Allen County Public Library
    Using the Maker Lab to Preserve Family History - Sara Allen
    Learn how ACPL’s Maker Lab can be used to preserve your family history. Join us as we tour the Maker Lab and learn how to convert family wedding videos to DVD; convert family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports logos, company logos, and more.

    To register for any or all of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for March!

    Sunday, Feb 18, 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 Monday March 19, 2018 and Tuesday, March 27, 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Finding Free Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online - January 10, 2018

    Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

    Make your winter errands count by combining an afternoon event from our WinterTech 2017-2018 slate with the evening Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meetings, the second Wednesday of each month.

    In January, WinterTech offers"Finding Free Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online," on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, in the Discovery Center. Created to provide insurance agents information concerning the areas for which they would offer insurance coverage, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a valuable resource for historians and genealogists who wish to learn about the neighborhoods in which their ancestors lived and conducted business. Many maps have been digitized and are online at free websites, but finding these resources can be challenging. In this session, Delia Cothrun Bourne will demonstrate what the Sanborn maps can provide and techniques for locating them.

     And remember, WinterTech is offered in the afternoons of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana’s monthly meeting, so stay to hear ACGSI Members will present Great Discoveries and Unique Ancestors, in Meeting Room A at 7:00 p.m.

    Melissa Tennant will finish the series with "On the Record: African American Newspapers" in February. For more information, see the WinterTech 2017-2018 brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
    SanbornBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for January!

    Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

    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 January 17, 2018 and Tuesday, January 30, 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.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • WinterTech for December: Using Evernote for Your Genealogical Research

    Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

    Make your winter errands count by combining an afternoon event from our WinterTech 2017-2018 slate with the evening Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meetings, the second Wednesday of each month.

    For December, WinterTech offers "Using Evernote for Your Genealogical Research," on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Cynthia Theusch will discuss Evernote, a digital notebook that interfaces between your computer, smartphone, and tablet. She will show you how to enhance your notes with links, checklists, tables, attachments, and audio recordings. Even handwritten notes are searchable. So come and learn how Evernote can help you in all areas of your family history research. And remember, WinterTech is offered in the afternoons of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana’s monthly meeting, so stay to hear Curt Witcher discuss “The Genealogy Center Online,” in Meeting Room A at 7:00 p.m.

    Delia Bourne will continue the WinterTech series in January with "Finding Free Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online" and Melissa Tennant will finish the series with "On the Record: African American Newspapers" in February. For more information, see the WinterTech 2017-2018 brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
    EvernoteBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for December!

    Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

    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 6, 2017 and Tuesday, December 12, 2017. 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

  • Make Time for WinterTech!

    Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017

    As the cold months start here in Indiana, and any journey from home may entail overcoats, snow tires and ice scrapers, we tend to make every outing count, so for the winter months, we schedule our programs for the same day as the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meetings, the second Wednesday of each month. Join us this winter, and keep warm by the glow of your computer!

    WinterTech 2017-2018
    sessions include:

    Using Google Earth for Genealogy
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm – Discovery Center – John Beatty
    Google Earth is the ultimate program for viewing satellite images for places all around the world. This session will examine ways family historians can use Google Earth. It will show some of the ways to customize images, overlay them with historical maps, and use them for illustrating family histories or conducting land research.

    Using Evernote for Your Genealogical Research
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 2:30 pm – Discovery Center – Cynthia Theusch
    Evernote is a digital notebook that interfaces between your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Enhance your notes with links, checklists, tables, attachments, and audio recordings. Even handwritten notes are searchable. Learn how Evernote can help you in all areas of your family history research.

    Finding Free Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 2:30 pm – Discovery Center – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Created to provide insurance agents information concerning the areas for which they would offer fire insurance coverage, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a valuable resource for historians and genealogists who wish to learn about the neighborhoods in which their ancestors lived and conducted business. Many maps have been digitized and are online at free websites, but finding these resources can be challenging. This session will demonstrate what the Sanborn maps can provide and techniques for locating them.

    On the Record: African American Newspapers
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 2:30 pm – Discovery Center – Melissa Tennant
    Since the “Freedom’s Journal” was first published in 1827, local and regional African American newspapers have been documenting the lives, experiences and histories of African Americans. In this session, we will explore the “African American Historical Newspapers” and “Accessible Archives African American Newspapers” digital databases and discover additional resources for locating these informative records.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for November 2017

    Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

    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 Monday, November 27, 2017 and Thursday, November 30, 2017. 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

  • Dr. Carla Peterson to Speak on November 1, 2017

    Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

    Dr. Carla L. Peterson of the University of Maryland will deliver "Struggling for Racial Equality: African American Literary and Political Activism in the Antebellum North," on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 101 Neff Hall, Indiana University-Purdue University campus, Fort Wayne, at 7:00 PM.  Dr. Carla L. Peterson, Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, College Park, is an expert in nineteenth-century African American literature, culture, and history. A Guggenheim fellow, Dr. Peterson counts among her numerous scholarly publications the books Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale University Press, 2011) and Doers of the World: African American Women Speakers & Writers in  the North (1830-1880) (Oxford University Press, 1995). Sponsored by the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society.
    Peterson

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month 2017 - Soldiers, DNA, Photos & Mortuaries

    Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017

    Alas! Family History Month 2017 is almost history! But there’s still a few good opportunities for fun and learning:

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    Why Should I Look at Revolutionary War Pension Records? – Melissa Tennant
    Pension records are a valuable source for learning more about your Revolutionary War ancestor. Understand Revolutionary War pension records better by discovering how to access these files and what information is available in the documents.

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 1:00 PM – Discovery Center
    DNA Results: What Does Your Ethnic Pie Chart Mean? – Sara Allen
    Television commercials advertise that a DNA test can help determine your ethnicity, but what does your ethnic pie chart result really tell you? This session will explain how each of the major DNA testing companies calculates your ethnic estimate and how to interpret the results.
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    Monday, October 30, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Who, What, Where? How to Look at, Analyze & Organize Your Photographs – Kay Spears
    Discover how to examine photographs with an eye to identifying time period and location; annotate images with family stories and facts; and organize your digital treasures.

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 2:30 PM– Discovery Center
    Death Business: Searching Funeral Home Collections – Melissa Tennant
    Utilizing the funeral home collections available at The Genealogy Center, this session will explore funeral home records as genealogical sources for discovering ancestors


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Fmily History Month Week 4: Nancy Hanks, Homeschoolers & Midnight Madness!

    Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

    Week 4 of Family History Month 2017 is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for:

    Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 2:00 PM – Meeting Room A
    The Search for Nancy Hanks: A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln - Richard Hileman
    Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. Her ancestry has been the subject of intense interest and has been hotly contested. In 1909, false names for her parents were carved into the granite of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial. The most recent biographies of Lincoln still give mistaken accounts of her ancestry. The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study and new historical evidence reveal the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry. Richard Hileman, a retired trial lawyer and avocational genealogist, will give this presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Using Vital Records & Their Substitutes – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Vital records are the Holy Grail of genealogical sources. However, birth and death records were not commonly recorded until the 20th Century, and even the availability of marriage records depends on the locale and culture. This presentation will explain what can be found in a vital record and what other sources may be used when the official record is missing.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Evaluating Published Genealogies and Family Histories – John Beatty
    When reading a family history, how do you know whether the information it contains is valid? This presentation will offer some critical tools for evaluating published genealogies and family histories, providing a framework for testing the information they contain against other sources.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Using FamilySearch for Your Family History – Melissa Tennant
    Learn the search techniques that can maximize your FamilySearch.org experience and discover the millions of records available on this free website.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Discovery Center & The Genealogy Center
    Family History Morning for Homeschoolers – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Many parents want their children to be interested in their families’ histories, but fostering that interest may be a challenge. The Genealogy Center can engage parents and children alike with a Family History Morning. It is a program with one classroom-style lesson and guided research time to explore the collection. Each child will receive a worksheet to complete, tailored to his or her age, experience, and grade level.

    9:00 AM – 9:10 AM – Arrival, Getting to the Discovery Center – 2nd Floor Main Library, The Genealogy Center
    9:10 AM – 10:30 AM – Beginning Genealogy Program: Online and Printed Sources – Discovery Center
    10:30 AM – 10:40 AM – Break
    10:40 AM – 11:50 AM – Individual research with assistance from librarians
    11:50 AM – 12:00 PM – Sharing coolest discoveries and prizes

    HomeschoolerBlog2017 
    Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight – Discovery Center & The  Genealogy Center
    Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours
    Ever wished to be locked in the library at night with all of the goodies at your fingertips? Well, stay up late with The Genealogy Center staff for extra research time and a little bit of learning!
    6:30 PM – Be Prepared! – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    After years spent on your family history, have you considered what will become of your research after you can no longer continue? Get some simple ideas for organizing your material for a future donation.
    7:30 PM – 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 PM – Who Went Where and Did What: A Look at Directories – Curt Witcher
    This presentation will highlight various directories in The Genealogy Center collection and the types of data one may find.

    ‚ÄčMidnight-Madness

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    Why Should I Look at Revolutionary War Pension Records? – Melissa Tennant
    Pension records are a valuable source for learning more about your Revolutionary War ancestor. Understand Revolutionary War pension records better by discovering how to access these files and what information is available in the documents.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • What's Next In Family History Month 2017?

    Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

    It’s time to plan for Week 3 of Family History Month 2017! Mark your calendars for:

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 1:00 PM – Discovery Center
    Genealogical Research in Colonial New England – John Beatty
    The New England states hold some of the earliest and most complete records of any American region. Many Americans can trace their ancestors to the Mayflower or to other early immigrant ships. This presentation will feature numerous records available, both in print and online, that will help you explore the history of this area.

    Monday, October 16, 2016 – 6:30 PM – Computer Classroom
    GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program, Part 2 – Kay Spears
    Explore a FREE option to Adobe Photoshop. We will look at GIMP and the tools which may be used to change, restore, and touch up your old photographs. First session was on Monday, October 9, 2017. There will be hands-on time, so bring a USB drive containing your photos and be prepared to have some fun.

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Migration Routes & Trails Across America – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Learn the routes of your roots—where your ancestors traveled and how they got there! This presentation will discuss major migration trails and sources to learn more about them.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 7:00 PM – Meeting Room B
    Computer Interest Group Meeting – Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
    Attend this meeting to discuss your technological discoveries and issues.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Explore the Life of a Parent or Grandparent – Sara Allen
    This session will include a case study on how to research the life of a person who was alive in the early twentieth century, such as a parent or grandparent. We will use timelines and checklists, as well as delve into how to use online databases, print materials, and records in archives and court houses to complete the project.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 – 2:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Digitization in The Genealogy Center – Cynthia Theusch
    Take a virtual tour of the equipment in The Genealogy Center that one may use to scan documents. Five different types of machines will be featured.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Anytime from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – The Genealogy Center
    Genealogy Scavenger Hunt: Family Fun in The Genealogy Center – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Scavenger Hunt
    Have you heard of The Genealogy Center but haven’t had the chance to check it out? This is your chance to introduce you and your family to what The Genealogy Center has to offer in a fun and unique way. The scavenger hunt will show you different aspects of the Center while teaching how to get started in family history research. You are welcome to complete the scavenger hunt anytime from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. There are prizes for completing the hunt.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    Finding Johnny Reb: Researching Your Confederate Soldier – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Locating information on a Confederate soldier can be difficult, but not impossible. Explore some of the standard and not so standard sources that are available to assist in your search.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Continues!

    Thursday, Oct 05, 2017

     Week two of Family History Month 2017 has almost arrived and it’s time to mark your calendars for:

    Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 1:00 PM – Discovery Center
    Immigration Process Before Entering in the United States – Cynthia Theusch
    Participants will learn what their ancestors experienced at Castle Garden, and later Ellis Island, before being allowed into the United States. This part of the immigration experience can shed new light on our ancestors’ lives.

    Monday, October 9, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Computer Classroom
    GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program, Part 1 – Kay Spears
    Explore a FREE option to Adobe Photoshop. We will look at GIMP and the tools which may be used to change, restore, and touch up your old photographs. The second session will be on Monday, October 16, 2017. There will be hands-on time; so bring your photos and be prepared to have some fun.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discover Center
    A Rare and Valuable Gem: PERSI – Melissa Tennant
    This presentation will highlight where one can find the “Periodical Source Index” (PERSI), the most comprehensive subject index to genealogical periodicals. Discover the terrific indexing and images available at the site, how to get copies of articles cited in the periodical index, and the dramatic things that are happening with PERSI at FindMyPast.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 7:00 PM – Meeting Room A
    Resources for Researchers: Today and Tomorrow – Curt Witcher
    Hear about new materials—print and virtual—in The Genealogy Center as well as shifting strategies for enhancing access to family and local history resources wherever they may be. The focus will be knowing about the resources available and how to access them.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
    Finding Pre-1850 Era Ancestors – Sara Allen
    We know how challenging it can be to trace pre-1850 ancestors due to the lack of data in the census and the scarcity of sources identifying women and children during this time frame.  This session will explain cluster research and the use of sources such as tax records, different census records, and probate records to find these elusive ancestors.  
    Speakeasies
    Friday, October 13, 2017, 7:00PM – 9:00 PM – HT2, 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.
    Speakeasies, Juice Joints, and Blind Pigs: Prohibition History and YOU! – Allison DePrey Singleton
    How did Prohibition affect producers of alcohol, drinking establishments, and the Average Joe who wanted a cocktail?  Learn about the history of Prohibition, how it affected Hoosier producers and establishments, and sample a few period appropriate cocktails made from better stuff than Bathtub Gin!  Grab your fedora and feather boa, and dress the part to learn, have some giggle water, and be over the moon. Register for this event at Eventbrite.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM – Discovery Center
    Beginner’s Day – Delia Cothrun Bourne
       9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Beginning Your Family History Exploration
    Join us as we discuss beginning steps and sources, such as census, vital records, and more!
       11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Continuing Your Family History Exploration
    Explore more useful sources from the court house, as well as military records and passenger lists. Learn the importance of documenting what you find and how to verify information.
        1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Introduction to Ancestry & Family Search
    The largest subscription database and the largest free database! Discover the basics of using these two great sources for family history research!
       3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Other Online Sources
    Now that you have been introduced to the big online sites, meet some of the other subscription sites The Genealogy Center offers, as well as our own free databases!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Begins Sunday, October 1st!

    Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

    The Genealogy Center has made Family History Month one of the highlights of the year for more than a decade, and 2017 continues this tradition with a slate of exciting events that will expand your knowledge base and pique your interest. Here's an overview of the first week:

    Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 PM, Discovery Center
    An Afternoon of Storytelling – Curt Witcher & Aaron Smith
    Spend an afternoon enjoying a variety of stories. Hear firsthand the power of story and how we can help each other tell the stories of our lives. It may just inspire you to tell your stories!
     
    Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Beginning Genealogy in the 21st Century – Delia Cothrun Bourne
    Learn the importance of organizing information you already know and learn how the data in records helps make a more complete picture of your family. Also explored in this session will be the most important online sources – free and subscription – available in The Genealogy Center.
     
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Pennsylvania Genealogy: Doing Research in the Keystone State – John Beatty
    Pennsylvania is an important state for genealogical research. Many families entered through Philadelphia and lived in the outlying counties before migrating to other colonies and states. This introductory-level presentation explores the basic digital and published sources for Pennsylvania, including vital records, religious congregational records, land, military, tax, and probate records, and secondary sources.

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Top 10 Historical Records Collections on Ancestry.com – Melissa Tennant
    This presentation will highlight the Historical Records collections available on Ancestry.com. Advice on how to effectively use the largest genealogical website will benefit your efforts to find the most information about your ancestors.

    Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    DNA Interest Group Meeting – 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 Meeting to share and learn from each other!

    Friday, October 6, 2017, 2:00 PM, Discovery Center
    Repeating Recipes: Food and Family History – Allison DePrey Singleton
    Food can be directly related to remembrance. An old family recipe can illicit memories of family gatherings, holidays, and/or a particular family member. This presentation will explore why family recipes are important to family history and how to preserve them for future generations.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM, Meeting Rooms A, B, C
    A Day with CeCe Moore
    See https://www.acgsi.org/event.php for more information and to register.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for September 2017

    Friday, Aug 18, 2017

    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, September 12, 2017 and Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 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.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • A Grave Matter in Indiana

    Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

    Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape and documentation vary by religious groups, time period, and location, but all cemeteries are important outdoor museums. Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, what is being done at various levels to protect and restore them, and what we can do to help. Join us for this informative program on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10:00AM in the Discovery Center!

    For more information, see the brochure.

    To register for this free event, call 260-417-5462, or send an email.

     

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center