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  • June One-on-One Consultations!

    Wednesday, May 18, 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 on Tuesday, June 7th and Tuesday, June 28th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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

  • Indiana, Civics and Abraham Lincoln

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, for the Fifth Annual Rolland Lecture, "What Indiana Civic Life Light Taught Young Mr. Lincoln," presented by Judge Randall Shephard, retired Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Attend this free event at 7:00 PM in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations on May 17th and 24th

    Sunday, May 01, 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 on Tuesday, May 17th and Tuesday, May 24th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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 Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference - April 16, 2016

    Friday, Apr 08, 2016

     The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Allen County Public Library.  The two featured speakers this year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.  Jen Baldwin’s sessions are being sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation.  Check out the Indiana Genealogical Society page for more information on the speakers, full schedule, and instructions on how to register for this wonderful conference.  

     List of sessions offered:
    •    Session A: Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session B: Being More Than Social on Social Media - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session C: The Art of Negative Space-Research: Women - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session D: Paperless Genealogy: Eliminating The Binders, File Cabinets and Post-It Notes - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session E: You're Not In Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources for Urban-Area Research - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session F: Preserving Your Personal Archives - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session G: Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session H: Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - Jen Baldwin

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week, April 24 – 30, 2016 – Pass It On!

    Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

    To celebrate the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week, The Genealogy Center is bringing you a week full of opportunities to learn how to care for your family treasures. Classes include:

    Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:00pm, Meeting Room A & Maker Lab
    “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; transfer family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports and company logos, and more. Space is limited. Call or email to reserve spot.
     
    Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Your Home Museum: Websites to Aid in the Preservation of Personal Memorabilia”- Delia Bourne
    Most of us have personal items we wish to preserve, either for monetary or intrinsic value. Such personal heirlooms can be jewelry and silver, vinyl record albums, collectible cards, art and much more. This session will introduce a number of websites that can provide guidance to the novice in the care and conservation of personal memorabilia.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Beyond the Family Bible: Using Heirlooms in Genealogical Research” - John Beatty
    This sessions will discuss how to analyze a variety of inherited items - books, textiles, photographs, jewelry, paintings - and how they can aid in doing genealogical research. Often there are clues imbedded in such items that researchers can use to their advantage if they know where and how to look. The talk will also discuss a variety of printed sources for heirloom evaluation and mention some ways of preserving them.

     Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:30pm, Discovery Center
    “Preserving Family Documents”- Tamara Hemmerlein
    Family records are an invaluable source of information. Caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learn simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and while still keeping them accessible for research. Tamara Hemmerlein is currently Director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
     
    Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
    “Scanning Demo” - Kay Spears
    Join us for a short scanning demonstration. So, you finally have that scanner and you’re itching to start preserving your family photographs but you don’t know where to begin. This program will be a short demonstration on how to get started with your scanning project. Attendees are invited to bring their photos for this demonstration.

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Preserving Precious Paper: Conservation Techniques for Paper Materials” – Allison Singleton
    As genealogists, we all have a large amount of historic family documents.  Learn how to safely repair tears, properly store, and care for your paper materials in this session.  No supplies are needed. 

    Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Life Stories” - Curt Witcher
    Come see what our new Life Stories Center is all about and learn some of the best practices for interviewing family, friends and community members!

    For more information, see the brochure. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for any of these free events.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April

    Tuesday, Mar 29, 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 on Wednesday, April 13th, and Tuesday, April 19th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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 Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference

    Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

    The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Allen County Public Library.  The two featured speakers this year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.  Jen Baldwin’s sessions are being sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation.  Check out the Indiana Genealogical Society page for more information on the speakers, full schedule, and instructions on how to register for this wonderful conference.  

    List of sessions offered:
    •    Session A: Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session B: Being More Than Social on Social Media - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session C: The Art of Negative Space-Research: Women - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session D: Paperless Genealogy: Eliminating The Binders, File Cabinets and Post-It Notes - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session E: You're Not In Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources for Urban-Area Research - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session F: Preserving Your Personal Archives - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session G: Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session H: Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - Jen Baldwin

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness: Genealogy Style - March 6 - 12, 2016

    Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

    This year’s theme for our annual March Madness is “Brick Walls: Overcoming Barriers in Your Genealogical Research.” Rebound with your research the first week of March as The Genealogy Center gives you an assist with these classes in our new Discovery Center. Classes include:

    Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Common Sense Problem Solving: Two Case Studies”
    Presenter: Delia Bourne

    Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Forenames: First and Foremost—First Names, Nick Names, Called Names, Initials, and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    "Breaking Through the Brick Wall: 14 Steps for Re-thinking and Solving Genealogical Problems”
    Presenter: John Beatty

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    ACGSI Meeting “Gaining Insight into a Life with School Research”
    Presenter: Adam Barrone

    Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Breaking Through the Brick Wall”
    Presenter: Melissa Tennant

    Friday, March 11, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Surnames: Last, but Not Least—Surnames and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Working with a Single Record”
    Presenter: Cynthia Theusch   

    For individual class descriptions, see the brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. Score points for your research and join us!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Who's a Hoosier? Who and What Make Indiana Great

    Monday, Feb 29, 2016

    Do you live in Indiana? Have you ever resided in Indiana? Do you have family who once made Indiana their home? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know someone who is a Hoosier.

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, The Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of “life lived in the small places” as that is what makes, and has made, Indiana great. We are interested in old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana that showcase Hoosier life. These can include children at play, people at work, people hanging out, sporting events, homes and buildings, and so much more.

    The Genealogy Center will collect Who’s a Hoosier? images from December 11, 2015 through December 11, 2016 in honor of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood.

    To show your Hoosier pride, please contribute a picture along with a description of the image, detailing Who and What Makes Indiana Great!

    Upload pictures at Who's a Hoosier
    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Upload pictures to Facebook 
    Instagram @ GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Grand Opening - Thursday March 3, 2016

    Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

    Join us Thursday, March 3 at 11:40 a.m. for the Grand Opening of our renovated spaces! We have re-purposed half of our Microtext Reading Room into the Discovery Center, a place for classes, demonstrations, meetings, groups and more. Come see our new space and follow this blog as we make plans!

    At the same time, our new Life Stories center will officially open! This is a space for you to interview family members, friends, and community members, to record their memories before they are lost. Contact us for more information. Remember, everybody has a story!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln at the Library - Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016

    Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln's policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood.  Join us on Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, in the Allen County Public Library’s Meeting Room A as Professor Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, speaks on "Lincoln as a Hoosier: Race, Politics and the Sixteenth President."  Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    For more information see The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection page.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in March!

    Wednesday, Feb 17, 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 on Tuesday, March 15th, and Wednesday March 23rd, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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

  • Remember Sunday, February 14th is "A Day in Allen County"

    Friday, Feb 12, 2016

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, February 14, 2016, 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, 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. for more information, see the brochure.

    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    Upload pictures at www.Facebook.com/GenealogyCenter
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • February 14th - A Day in Allen County

    Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

    We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, February 14, 2016, 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, 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. for more information, see the brochure.

    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    Upload pictures at www.Facebook.com/GenealogyCenter
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Technology Tour on January 13th

    Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

    Cynthia Theusch will present January’s entry in the WinterTech series with “Technology Tour of The Genealogy Center,” on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 2:30–3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms B&C. Cynthia will demonstrate all the technology available for our customers to use including scanners, printers and more! Remember that WinterTech is offered in the afternoons of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana’s monthly meeting, so stay until 7 p.m. to hear ACGSI members “Sharing Unique Finds during Genealogical Research.” To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Where Art Thou, PERSI?

    Sunday, Dec 06, 2015

    Have you been wondering what's happened to PERSI? Do you wonder what PERSI is, and how to use it? Join Melissa Tennant at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in Meeting Room B&C, as she discusses  where one can find PERSI, the differences between the sites, how to get copies of articles cited in the periodical index, and the dramatic things that are happening with PERSI at FindMyPast. To register for this free program, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    And stay until 7 p.m. for the monthly meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana for Marge Graham's presentation "Wills and Probate Records," in Meeting Room A.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln at the Library Lecture on Sunday December 6, 2015

    Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

    On the 150th anniversary of the thirteenth amendment's ratification by the states, Professor Brian Dirck of Anderson University will discuss the amendment and Lincoln's role in its success. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Join us Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in Meeting Room A for this free event. For more information, visit The Lincoln Collection.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for December

    Monday, Nov 23, 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. The Consultations will be offered on Wednesday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 8th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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!

     

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Genealogy & the Holocaust Event - November 15, 2015

    Sunday, Nov 15, 2015

    A special program on "Genealogy and the Holocaust"  will be presented on Sunday, November 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Main Branch to learn about resources relevant to the Holocaust, including the recently opened International Tracing Service Archives and what’s available locally.

    Speakers include  Robert M. Ehrenreich, Director of University Programs, and Elizabeth Anthony, International Tracing Service and Partnerships Program Manager, both from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Manager and Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies; and Irv Adler, a Temple member who will share his experience researching what happened to his family during the Holocaust and discovering new relatives in the process.
     
    “What makes this kind of research different from other genealogy research is that it is more than simply compiling a list of family names,” said Dr. Steve Carr, director of IPFW’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “Rather, it asks us to think about the hard questions and choices family members had to make under the harshest of circumstances.”

    The program is sponsored by Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center,  and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller.
     
    Do you have a family story about the Holocaust or a more recent genocide? Tell it at tellmyfamilystory.tumblr.com.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Last Week of Family History Month!

    Friday, Oct 23, 2015

    Ah, the last week of October brings the end of Family History Month, but first, we have a week full of events and opportunities!

    Sunday, October 25, starts off with John Beatty sharing his knowledge about “Ancestry’s Public Member Trees: How to Explore, Evaluate, and Add Value.” This talk will explore some of the benefits and pitfalls of the Public Member Trees and will offer advice on how to make your own Tree outstanding. Be there, 1-2 p.m., in Meeting Room A.

    Kay Spears concludes her computer assistance series with “Mysteries of Microsoft for Beginners: Excel, PowerPoint and Access” on Monday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom. Explore Excel, PowerPoint and Access and how you can use them, with helpful hints on some things you should do, what each program does, and some of the things to avoid. Register early. Space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register.

    Tuesday, October 27, offers “Finding Billy Yank and Johnny Reb: Beginning Research on Your Civil War Soldier,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Join Delia Bourne and learn about service records, pensions, regimental histories, salt lists, questionnaires and more to help you discover your Civil War soldier.

    Melissa Tennant will present “City Directories: More than Basic Facts,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A on Wednesday, October 28. City directories provide more than just a name and address for a particular year. Discover the stories held within these volumes.

    Thursday, October 29 we will have John Beatty with “Death Heads and Clasped Hands: Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography for the Genealogist.” Many tombstones of the past had icons and carvings that had deep meaning at the time but are lost on us today. This talk will explore some of those symbols and offer a guide on how to interpret them. Be in Meeting Room A, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 30 brings our “Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours,” 6 p.m.-Midnight, in The Genealogy Center. You know you've always wanted to stay to research after everyone else leaves! So stay until Midnight to research and celebrate the end of another great Family History Month! As an added bonus, we are also offering three mini-programs:
    6:30 p.m. – “Family Connections via Facebook,” presented by Melissa Tennant. Discover a place where everyone wants to hear your latest genealogical discovery or help you find the answer to your latest family query. Learn how family connections and an entirely new genealogical community is waiting on Facebook.
    7:30 p.m. – “What Can I Find in The Genealogy Center’s Free Databases?” Curt Witcher will guide you on a tour of the many useful resources available for free on GenealogyCenter.org.
    8:30 p.m. – “Seeking Michigan Ancestors?” Kris Rzepczynski will explore search strategies and the growing array of genealogically rich Michigan resources available for free at Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org). Current content includes death records from 1897-1939, The Detroit News card index, state census records, and Civil War enlistment records.
    Note: No preregistration is necessary for Midnight Madness, but you must be in The Center by 6 p.m. You may leave at any time, but there is no re-admittance. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for more information.

    Saturday, October 31, brings the end of Family History Month by presenting one last program, “Success with Fold3,” presented by Delia Bourne, 10-11 a.m., in the Globe Room. Millions of documents await discovery at Fold3! Learn how to browse and search records in this premier collection of military records, newspapers, and city directories.

    And don’t go anywhere! WinterTech is right around the corner!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center