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  • 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

  • Free Event! 34th Annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture

    Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

    Historian Eric Foner will present "The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln," the 34th Annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, at 7 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014, in the theater of the Allen County Public Library. Sponsored by the Lupke Foundation, Parkview Health, and Steel Dynamics. This event is free and open to the public.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The 29th Annual Lincoln Colloquium at Allen County Public Library

    Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

    The 29th Annual Lincoln Colloquium, “Amid the Din of Arms: The Election of 1864,” will be held at the Allen County Public Library in the Main Library theater 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. 

    The 2014 Colloquium features four outstanding speakers who will provide a variety of perspectives on the 1864 election:
    * Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, will discuss “Sustaining the National Government: The Election of 1864 in Indiana.”
    * Jeffrey J. Malanson, Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, will present “‘George Washington, the founder of American independence, and Abraham Lincoln, the liberator of the slave’: The Founding Fathers and the Election of 1864.”
    * Jennifer Weber, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, will talk on “The Summer Lincoln Lost the Election.”
    * Jonathan W. White, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, will speak on “Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln.”

    The formal program will conclude with a speakers’ panel discussion and audience questions moderated by Lincoln Lore editor Sara Gabbard. Colloquium attendees may tour the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection following the panel discussion.

    “Amid the Din of Arms” is sponsored by the Allen County Public Library, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Abraham Lincoln Association. For registration information, email Lincoln@acpl.info or call 421-1378 or 421-1379. A printable registration form is available online.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for September

    Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

    Do you 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 search on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Times for consultations will be from 2pm to 4pm. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.info for an appointment. You will be asked to provide information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and you will be contacted with a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, so check your calendars early to take advantage of this unique offer!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Digital Discoveries in August

    Saturday, Aug 02, 2014

    There are only two Digital Discoveries left for this summer’s series. August’s offering is “Discovering PERSI.” Cynthia Theusch will demonstrate the new Periodical Source Index that’s now available on FindMyPast. She will show you a variety of ways to search for items mentioned in the genealogical and historical newsletters, quarterlies, journals and magazines. This session will be held in Meeting Room A on Wednesday August 13, 2014, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email. Take the time to learn the new PERSI!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Digital Discoveries for July

    Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014

    The third part of The Genealogy Center's "Digital Discoveries" concentrates on "Discovering FamilySearch." Dawne Slater-Putt will guide you on a tour of the new and improved FamilySearch.org. She will discuss what the site has to offer, and tips for searching its historical databases, catalog and other prominent features. Make plans today to attend on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, from 3PM to 4PM in Meeting Room A.

    Future sessions will include “Discovering PERSI,” on August 13, and “Discovering Newspaper Databases,” on September 10. For more information, see the brochure. To register for any of these free events, send an email or call 260-421-1225.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More One-on-One Consultations!

    Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

    The Genealogy Center will offer two afternoons of Consultations with a staff member to try to help you break down a brick wall or to just to just gain a greater understanding of some aspect of research. Sessions will be offered in 30-minute blocks, on Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday August 9th, from 2pm to 4pm in The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment. Indicate that you are requesting a Consultation, and provide information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and you will be contacted with a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, contact us soon to take advantage of this offer!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discover Your Family Stories at Senior Circle

    Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014

    Seniors who stay active and productive often have longer and happier lives. The Lutheran Health Network is offering Senior Circle 50+ Health and Activity Expo on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 9A to 3P at the Ash Center, 1701 Freeman Street, Fort Wayne. They will offer free and low cost health screenings, demonstrations of various activities (golfing, painting, and more), and at 11:30, our own Curt Witcher, The Genealogy Center Manager, will present "Discovering Your Family Stories." Family stories can be the origin of an interest in family history, as well as the culmination of years of research. Whether one is just beginning to delve into one's ancestry or has devoted long hours of digging, sharing family stories is one of the most pleasurable aspects. For more information, call 260-425-3087 or visit Lutheran Health Net Expo. Make plans now to attend!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Discover Ancestry!

    Sunday, Jun 01, 2014

    There you are, watching television, and a commercial for Ancestry.com comes on. Someone just types in a name. All sorts of information and all manner of connections appear, and suddenly, they know all about a grandfather’s World War I service. But when you go online, it may not seem so simple.

    On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, as part of our "Digital Discoveries" series, Delia Bourne will present Discovering Ancestry. She will demonstrate search techniques that will make your searches much more successful. Attend this free class, Meeting Room A, from 3P to 4P. To register, call 260-421-1225 or email us. See what Ancestry has to offer!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln's Boyhood in Indiana

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    He was born in Kentucky and started his professional life in Illinois, but Abraham Lincoln spent his boyhood, 1816 to 1830,  in Indiana. Learn more about these years in Lincoln's life on Wednesday, May 21st, when William Bartelt will present the 2014 Rolland Lecture "Recollections of Lincoln's Youth in Indiana," in Meeting Room A at 7 PM. Bartelt is the author of 'There I grew up': Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008) and is a recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Hoosier Historian Award for contribution to historical scholarship. He is currently president-elect of the Evansville Museum, a trustee of the Indiana Historical Society, a member of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, a Director of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a member of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana board of directors, and past president of the Newburgh Museum Foundation. The lecture will be preceded by a brief Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana.

    The program is free and open to the public. Join us on Wednesday evening to learn more about Lincoln in Indiana!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week: Pass It On!

    Saturday, Apr 26, 2014

    Sunday starts the American Library Association's Preservation Week. This year, The Genealogy Center's focus is not only on preservation of artifacts, but also your family's stories and events. 

    The week starts on Sunday, April 27, with Heirloom Succession Planning, presented by Amy Beatty, C.E.S., G.P.P.A. She will show you how to create an accurate cataloging and historical system of your family’s personal property as an addendum or supplement to a will, helping to recognize items in terms of sentimental rather than financial value, while preserving family history. The session starts at 1 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    On Monday, April 28, Curt Witcher will present ‘To Infinity and Beyond:’ Ensuring Our Family Histories Live Well Beyond Our Years. He will focus on how to organize and prepare one’s paper archive for deposit in a library or archive as well as how to ensure that digitized materials in cloud storage spaces are successfully handed-off to interested parties or institutions. The fun starts at 2 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    John Beatty follows that on Tuesday, April 29 with Archives 101: Organizing and Preserving the Heirloom Paper in Your Life, to 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. Be there, 2 PM, Meeting Room A.
     
    You've worked with paper, now what about the digital material that you have? On Wednesday, April 30, Sara Allen will offer Archives 102: Organizing the Bytes in Your Life. This class will offer advice on how to get all of that precious data on your hard drive, USB and phone safe and in order for when you need it. Buzz on in at 2 PM in Meeting Room A.
     
    We're really excited about An Evening of Storytelling on Thursday, May 1.
    Telling the stories in our lives is not only a great way to engage people in learning their about their families and ancestors, it is a terrific way to “pass it on.” Several members of the area community will show us how easy it is, and , we hope, inspire you to participate  at a later date. The show starts at 6:30 PM in Meeting Rooms A&B.
     
    On Friday, May 2, Mari Hardacre will be Using iMovie to Capture Family Memories. Sh will show you how to use the iMovie app for Apple mobile devices to take photos and videos and edit them into short movies to share with family and friends. Please bring your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running the latest operating system (iOS 7) and download the iMovie app (cost $4.99) before the workshop, if possible. (Please call 260-421-1225 in advance to let her know your model and operating system.) She'll get you plugged in at 2 PM in Meeting Room A. 
     
    Then on Saturday, May3, Cynthia Theusch will present Up in Lights: Your Family History on Screen. Why not create a special video that can be saved to a DVD and distributed to family members? Even non-genealogists and children will enjoy watching your family story and learning about their family’s past. The action will start at 10 AM in the Globe Room.

    So make some time this week to preserve your heritage, and Pass It On!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center