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  • May Event: Her and Me - Finding the Women of My Past - May 20, 2017

    Monday, Apr 24, 2017

    Join us Saturday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM, in the Discovery Center, to learn about finding female ancestors. Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us uncover our female ancestors who are hidden within our family history records. Join Melissa Tennant and discover how to search and locate your female ancestors.To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. For more information, see the brochure.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for May 2017

    Saturday, Apr 22, 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 Thursday, May 18, 2017 and Wednesday, May 31, 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! To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Celebrate Women’s History – Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Thursday, Mar 02, 2017

     We all have just as many female ancestors as we do male, but often women’s activities were considered too prosaic or unimportant to record. But many women lead vital, active lives. Commemorate Women’s History Month by attending our day devoted to examining some of these dynamic women. Sessions include:

    10:00 AM, Discovery Center
    Clubwomen and Music in Gilded Age Chicago: Frances Macbeth Glessner, Mozart, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Melanie Bookout
    Melanie Bookout examines the work of a major music patron, Frances Macbeth Glessner (1848-1932), patron and friend to many of the best musicians, artists, poets, and writers who lived or worked in Chicago. Glessner was an accomplished pianist, and her activities as clubwoman and patron offer a rich glimpse of music-making in “frontier” America.

    11:30 AM, Discovery Center
    Mommy, What Did You Do During the War? - Delia Bourne
    How did women participate in the military efforts during war time in the United States? How did this change from one war to the next? Discover answers to these questions and how your female ancestors could have contributed to the military efforts through the years.

    1:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Dames and Darbies - Female Detectives - Allison DePrey Singleton
    Learn about women detectives, a most unusual profession for the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Women like Alice Clement, Kate Warne, Mary Shanley, and Frances Glessner Lee (daughter of Frances Macbeth Glessner) paved the way for women doing detective work today.

    For more information, see our brochure. To register for any or all of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - March 2017

    Monday, Feb 27, 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 March 13, 2017 and Tuesday March 28, 2017. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness – Out of the Box Genealogy

    Friday, Feb 24, 2017

    Join us as we celebrate our version of March Madness as we investigate Out of the Box Genealogy – a full week of events and classes to improve your research skills and enhance your life! Events include:

    Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1:00 PM, Discovery Center
    Skeletons in the Closet: Discovering a Difficult Past - Matt LaFlash
    Every family has skeletons in the closet. This case study addresses the challenges of uncovering a difficult past and examines the process used to identify the father of a girl born out of wedlock with only a profession and nationality as a starting point.

    Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death - Delia Bourne
    This is an overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors and how to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
    An Ancestor's Death -- A Time for Reaping - Curt Witcher
    Typically, no other time in our ancestors’ lives is the record creation potential as high as it is at their deaths. This talk, complemented with many record examples, spotlights numerous “happenings” surrounding an individual’s death that can generate records.

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Using the Genealogical Proof Standard and DNA as Power Tools and Problem Solvers - John Beatty
    This talk will discuss the various tenets of the Standard, show how to apply it in an actual case study, and show how both autosomal and mitochondrial DNA can be used to support or refute genealogical theories.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 PM, Chapman’s Brewery Taproom, 819 South Calhoun Street,
    Fort Wayne
    Genealogy of Beer and Beer Styles with Chapman’s Brewing Co. - Allison DePrey Singleton and Chapman’s Brewing Co.
    Discover the genealogy of beer and how the brewers’ home country influenced the style of beer they originally produced. The specifics of the beer itself will also be discussed: aromas, style, taste profile, things to consider when drinking, and how these have changed over time.

    Friday, March 10, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Out of the Box Questions and the Methodology to Answering Them - Allison DePrey Singleton
    What are some of the unusual questions the librarians at The Genealogy Center receive and how do we answer them? Come and find out the methodology for answering “out of the box” questions.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM, Theater, Allen County Public Library
    Moody, Tearful Night Come Alive - 30th Indiana Civil War Re-enactors, Inc.
    Have you ever seen a statue come to life? This is your chance! “Moody, Tearful Night,” the statue at the entrance to The Genealogy Center will be brought to life by a group of talented re-enactors from the 30th Indiana. The last day of Lincoln’s life will be brought to life followed by the re-enactors answering your questions about what occurred that fateful day.

    For more information, see our brochure. To register for any or all of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • RootsTech Livestreaming in the Discovery Center!

    Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

    Have you heard about RootsTech, the annual family history and technology conference in Salt Lake City? Do you want to go, but just haven’t made arrangements? Experience the excitement, share the knowledge, and see what everyone will be talking about for the next year!

    Join us as we livestream RootsTech 2017 In the Discovery Center! Come and go as you please!

    For a list of sessions and times, see the brochure!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for February 2017

    Sunday, Jan 22, 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, February 7, 2017 and Friday February 17, 2017. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - January 2017

    Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research, from 2PM to 4PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and Monday January 23, 2017. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - December 2016

    Monday, Nov 28, 2016

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

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

    Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

    Allen County Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room A

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana and Allen County Free Databases Additions

    Monday, Nov 07, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have fun searching and browsing these collections!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations - November 2016

    Friday, Nov 04, 2016

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

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

    Friday, Oct 28, 2016

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

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

    6:30P - 7:30P

    Discovery Center

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Share Your Cubs Memories!

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

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


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - The End

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

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

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

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

    And finally, for Halloween on Monday October 31, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., also in the Discovery Ccenter, Allison Duprey Singleton will provide some highlight of “Morbid Genealogy.” It is the season for ghosts, vampires, and witches. While these are not typically part of the genealogical world, we can still discuss the macabre and morbid aspects of genealogy. Come and take part in an entertaining discussion on
    morbid genealogy with a Halloween flair.

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours

    Monday, Oct 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 4

    Friday, Oct 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

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

    Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

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

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

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


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Come for A Day with Juliana Szucs

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2016

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

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

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

    12:15 PM-1:45 PM – Lunch on own

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

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

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

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


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Day for Homeschoolers

    Friday, Oct 14, 2016

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

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

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center