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  • One-on-One Consultations in April!

    Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

    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, April 7, 2015 and Thursday, April 16, 2015. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, 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, 2:00PM to 4:00PM on Tuesday April 7 and Thursday April 16.

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discover Your Female Ancestors for Women's History Month

    Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

    Female ancestors are difficult to uncover because they are "hidden" within records. Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us locate them. Join Melissa Tennant on Tuesday March 17th and discover how to search records and locate your female ancestors. This class is 3PM to 4PM in Meeting Room A. For more information, see the brochure. To register for the free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Exploring Some Unique African American Resources in The Genealogy Center

    Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

    On Monday, February 23, 2015, join Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center Manager, in Meeting Room C at 6:30pm as he offers a look at The Center’s “African American Gateway,” the online collection of “African American Historical Newspapers,” the growing collection of home-going programs online, and the “Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive” database. These databases can help you expand your efforts into new avenues of research! For more information, see Celebrating Black History Month. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for this free event!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness - Genealogy Style: March 1 Thru 7, 2015

    Sunday, Feb 15, 2015

    Now that our WinterTech series is over, and spring is right around the corner, it’s time to rebound into your research with March Madness, Genealogy Style. Hear about the life of basketball great, John Wooden at the History Center, then join The Genealogy Center staff and friends for some back-to-basics research essentials!

    Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2 p.m., The History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Ft. Wayne, Indiana – “Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden,” by Barbara Olenyik Morrow.

    Monday, March 2, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Colonial Southern Overview: What You Need to Know Before You Start Your Research,” by Delia Bourne.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Genealogical Research in Colonial New England," by John Beatty.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Using Clues in the 1880 Census to Solve Earlier Research Challenges,” by Cynthia Thuesch.

    Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “Finding Family in Pre-1850 Census Records and Census Substitutes,” by Sara Allen.

    Friday, March 6, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “We All Deserve a Second Chance! Taking another Look at the Early Records in Our Files,” by Dawne Slater.

    Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 a.m., Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A – “History and Records of Indiana's ‘Gore,’” by Tina Lyons.

    To register for any of these free programs, call 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info. For more information, see the March Madness, Genealogy Style brochure.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • 82nd Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage - February 14, 2015

    Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

    In 1932, the Abraham Lincoln, The Hoosier Youth statue, depicting Abraham Lincoln as a young man in Indiana, was installed outside the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne. Two years later, in recognition of Lincoln’s embodiment of the loyalty, kindness, and other qualities in the Boy Scout Oath, area Boy Scouts took their first Lincoln Pilgrimage to the site and honored Lincoln with a wreath-laying and ceremony.  That idea, connecting the Boy Scouts to the qualities that made Lincoln great, spread to other groups, and Lincoln-related statues, sites, and memorials across the country now host Boy Scouts on their own annual pilgrimages.  In Fort Wayne, the tradition lives on.

    February 14, 2015, will mark the 82nd Annual Boy Scout Lincoln Pilgrimage in Fort Wayne. There will be a ceremony and wreath-laying at the Lincoln on the Prairie sculpture in The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, followed by a full day of events.  Participants will hear a speech by Lincoln presenter Murray Cox, interact with Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors, tour the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, participate in Lincoln Log-building contests, and more!

    The program will run from 10A to 2P, with registration beginning at 9A.  An optional screening of the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln will follow the program at 2:15P in the Main Library Theater. 

    For more information and to register, visit the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy
    Scouts
    . Registration closes on Monday, February 9, 2015.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • All Aboard for the Catalog Tour!

    Friday, Jan 09, 2015

    Next week, two members of The Genealogy Center team will take you on a tour of our book catalog! Aaron Smith, Assistant Manager for the Genealogy Materials Handling Unit, and Melissa Tennant, Assistant Manager for Public Services invite you to join them and learn how to make the most of your searching experience, to locate materials in the collection and online, and to find ways to create your own lists to help you do both! Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for this free event.

    Join them in Meeting Room A, at at 3PM on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to learn how to navigate the catalog!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • WinterTech in January

    Saturday, Jan 03, 2015

    Our WinterTech series, designed to aid you in expanding your research knowledge through the busy winter months, continues in January with a “Catalog Tour” on Wednesday, January 10, 2015. The Genealogy Center continues refining our catalog to make your search for materials more intuitive and achieve better results. Join Aaron Smith, Genealogy Center Assistant Manager/Materials Handling Unit, and Melissa Tennant, Genealogy Center Assistant Manager/Public Services, as they show you how to make the most of your search experience, to locate materials in the collection and online, and to find ways to create your own lists to help you do both! This class will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. And stay in The Genealogy Center until 6:30 p.m., when you can come back to Meeting Room A for the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meeting, when Curt Sylvester will present “Telling Your Own Story.”
     
    WinterTech will conclude on Wednesday February 11, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., when Delia Bourne will discuss “Linkpendium & Mocavo: Using Free Genealogy-Specific Search Engines.” Mark your calendar to take advantage of these classes, and call or email us to register!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for January

    Sunday, Dec 28, 2014

    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. Appointments are available on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day, here in The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, 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

  • WinterTech for December

    Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

     Our WinterTech series continues in December with “Google It! Using Google Maps, Google Earth and More.” John Beatty and Dawne Slater-Putt will take a look at a number of ways one can use Google map products to discover more of one’s family history story. Join them in Meeting Room A, on Wednesday December 10, 2014, 3PM to 4PM. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop, Parts 1 & 2, November 3 and 10, 2014

    Friday, Oct 31, 2014

    Learn the basics of Adobe Elements. Discover how to restore images of old photographs using techniques similar to those in Adobe Photoshop. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their own family photographs on a flash drive for hands-on instruction in applying what they have learned to their photos.

    This is a two part series. Come for the first class two-hour class on November 3rd, practice at home, then return with your questions for the second part on November 10th. Space is limited, registration required. To register, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. Both sessions will be held in the Computer Classroom, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    For more information, see the brochure.







    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours - Friday October 31st

    Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

    To celebrate the end of another great Family History Month, The Genealogy Center is again offering Extended Research Hours on Halloween, Friday, October 31st. You know you've always wanted to stay to research after everyone else leaves! So stay until Midnight to research and celebrate.

    As an added bones this year. we are also offering are three mini-programs:
     6:30 p.m. - How to Use the FamilySearch Wiki
     7:30 p.m. - Using WeRelate to Post Your Family Tree to the Internet
     8:30 p.m. - A Brief Tour of the U.S. GenWeb.

     Note: No preregistration is necessary, but you must be in The Center by 6 p.m. You may leave any time, but there is no re-admittance. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for more information.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Researching in the Great Lakes Area

    Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

    Do you have ancestors who passed though or lived in Indiana or one of the states that surround it? The Genealogy Center is presenting a week's worth of events with your Great Lakes area research in mind:

    Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Curt Witcher
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Finding Records in the States You’re Researching."

    Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Delia Bourne
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Kentucky"

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Sara Allen
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Tracking Your Illinois Ancestors"

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Curt Witcher
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Hunting Ancestors in the Hoosier
    State"

    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Meeting Room A
    Cynthia Theusch
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Michigan"

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00am to 11:00am, Meeting Room A
    Dawne Slater-Putt
    "Researching in the Great Lakes Area Series: Researching in Ohio"

    For more information, see the Family History Month brochure. To register for any of these sessions, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Archives Tours in Fort Wayne

    Sunday, Oct 12, 2014

    For Family History Month, The Genealogy Center is organizing an Archives Tour encompassing several locations in Fort Wayne that you might like to visit or in which to research. These tours will help you break the ice, seeing what each repository might have for you, how you might best access the information, and in general, just to see inside these fascinating places without having to have a really good reason.

    The fun starts on Wednesday, October 15th, at the Walther Library on the grounds of Concordia Theological Seminary. Archivist Robert Smith will be our guide. Be at 6600 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, at 2:00pm to take the tour. Park on the south side of the gym.

    Thursday, October 16th will find us at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, where archivist Walter Font will show us some of the treasures of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. The tour starts at 2:00pm.

    We will be back in the Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, on Friday, October 17th, touring the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Archivists Jane Gastineau and Adriana Maynard will show us some really interesting Lincoln material starting at 2:00pm.

    And we are out and about again on Saturday, October 18th, as we visit the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Archives. Archivist Janice Cantrell will start at 11:00am at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, 915 South Clinton Street, Fort Wayne.

    For more information, see the Family History Month brochure.

    Attendance at all of these are limited to the first 30 who register. To register for any or all of these free tours, call 260-421-1225 or send  us an email. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see these treasure troves!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Be a Storyteller!

    Monday, Sep 29, 2014

    by Delia

    I just had a customer regale me with a story! Since I don't have permission, I can't share it here, but suffice it to say that it involved a woman, her soldier husband and a state governor. It was a short tale, but very amusing. I'm lucky that I get to hear so many family tales.

    I was reminded that my father, who was 55 years of when I was born, told and re-told numerous stories while I was growing up. These stories were related so many times that I can repeat them with my father's verbiage and inflections. I've tried to pass many of them along to my own daughter and I hope to tell my grandchildren, too, maybe even adding a  few anecdotes of my own.

    We family historians are the keepers of the family stories, but so often we relegate ourselves to being the keepers of the family statistics: who, what, when and where, without bothering to add the why or how. There are more to our stories than just the facts, ma'm, and we need to tell the tales as well as the data.

    To get you in the mood, join us Wednesday evening, October 1st, for An Evening of Storytelling for a selection of inspiring stories and music. The evening starts at 7:00pm in the Theater of the Main Library. Don't miss this great event!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Highlights Polish Culture

    Friday, Sep 26, 2014

    Family History Month offers two fantastic opportunities to learn more about Polish people in recent history, both in Europe and in the United States, and the subjects are not limited to those interested in Polish history and ancestry.

    The first is Sunday, October 5, 2014. Millie Zygmunt Rytel will provide a first-hand account of her "Four Continents to Freedom." Millie was born in Poland 90 years ago. In 1940, the Russians forced the family to leave their farm for a "temporary" journey which ended up as 18 months in a slave labor camp in Siberia. When released, she, her mother and sisters worked hard to make their way to freedom in America. Millie's story will be that of a twentieth century refugee. Take advantage of this unique event that starts at 1:00pm in Meeting Room C.

    Sunday, October 12, 2014, brings the opportunity to see The Fourth Partition
    “Cwarta Dzielnica."
    In the early 1900s, Chicago was the second largest American city and home to many of the nation's four million Polish immigrants. These immigrants worked hard establishing communities in Chicago and remained active in the fight for Poland's independence. This film will provide history of interest to any interested in Chicago's history, the Polish people in America, and the immigrant experience as a whole. Director Adrian Prawica and Associate Producer Rafał Muskała will attend and will be available after the screening. We invite you to join us at 1:00pm in the Theater of the Main Library.

    Both events are sponsored by the Polish National Alliance.

    Please call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to register for either of these free events.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Events Announced!

    Friday, Sep 19, 2014

    October, Family History Month, is just a few days away, and The Genealogy Center has a fantastic slate of events for your entertainment and education.

    October 1st brings An Evening of Storytelling at 7:00 PM in the Library Theater. Storytelling is a great way to engage relatives in the saga of your family. Join us for an evening of stories and music to be inspired to start storytelling!

    Sundays, October 5th and 12th bring two opportunities to learn about Polish history. Millie Rytel shares her journey over Four Continents to Freedom on Sunday. October 5, 2014 in Meeting Room C at 1:00 PM. Then, take a look at Chicago when it was the center of Polish culture and political activism in The Fourth Partition “Cwarta Dzielnica” on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Theater.

    October 15th through the18th brings The Genealogy Center's Archives Crawl! Meet us for tours of Concordia Theological Seminary's Walther Library, the History Center, the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection and the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Archives. For times and meeting locations, see the Family History Month brochure.

    We also have a week of research resources for the Great Lakes states October 19th through the 24th, many opportunities for One-on-One Consultations and the month will end with Midnight Madness, our extended research hours, on Friday, October 31st. Treat yourself to six extra hours of research and take in one or more of our mini-programs: "How to Use the FamilySearch Wiki" at 6:30 PM, "Using WeRelate to Post Your Family Tree to the Internet" at 7:30 PM and "A Brief Tour of the U.S. GenWeb" at 8:30 PM.

    For more information about any of these programs, see the brochure. Get ready to celebrate Family History Month!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • "Amid the Din of Arms: The Election of 1864"

    Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

    There is still time to register for The 29th Annual Lincoln Colloquium, “Amid the Din of Arms: The Election of 1864,” in the Main Library Theater of the Allen County Public Library on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Lincoln Colloquium is a national conference at which Lincoln scholars and enthusiasts meet for presentations and discussion regarding Abraham Lincoln and his place in history, and this will be the first time it will be held here in Fort Wayne. 

    Sponsored by the Allen County Public Library, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Colloquium will offer four views of the contentious election of 1864 by an array of experts, and will conclude with a panel discussion with audience question and a tour of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection.

    For a better description of the day’s events, speakers and lunch selections, as well as the registration form is available online. For questions, email Lincoln@acpl.info or call 260-421-1378 or 260-421-1379.

    And start the day the night before by attending the 34th annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture “The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln,” on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7 pm in the Theater. This event, sponsored by the Lupke Foundation, Parkview Health, and Steel Dynamics, is free and open to the public.

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity in northeast Indiana!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History at the Senior Information Fair!

    Sunday, Sep 07, 2014

    The Genealogy Center is hosting a table at the Senior Information Fair this year on September 18th at the Allen County Public Library. There will be information on discovering your family stories and on getting started finding your ancestors. Curt Witcher will be doing a presentation at 10:30 a.m. that day in the library’s computer training room on the first floor entitled, “Telling the Stories of Our Lives.” Bring your friends who are interested in getting started with their family history!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Digital Discoveries: Discovering Newspaper Databases

    Thursday, Sep 04, 2014

    Our summer series, Digital Discoveries, ends with Sara Allen’s presentation, “Discovering Newspaper Databases,” on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, in Meeting Room A, from 3 to 4 p.m. Many genealogists know that newspapers provide a wealth of information about their ancestors, including vital records notices, probate notices, land and tax records, personal items, gossip, and – oh, yes – actual news. How can you find this material? You can access a variety of newspaper titles and from many locations through our online databases, including Newspaper Archive, Newspapers.com, African American Historical Newspapers, The Journal Gazette Online and others. Learn more about why newspapers are wonderful resources for family history research and how to use our databases to find articles you want. For more information, see the “Discovering Newspaper Databases” program flyer. To register for this free class, call 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Participate in A Day in Allen County Photography Event

    Friday, Aug 29, 2014

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! Sunday, September 21, 2014—the last official full day of summer—take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day?
     
    These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community, so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, baseball games and sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a description you would like put with the picture. If it’s happening in the twenty-four hours of September 21st, it’s worth capturing!

     Send pictures:
    • Email them to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    • Upload pictures on our Facebook
    • Twitter #DayinAllenCo2014

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center