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  • Closed July 4th Weekend!

    Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

    The Genealogy Center, like all agencies of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed Friday, July 4th and Saturday July 5th, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2014, at our regular time of 9 a.m. We wish you a safe Fourth!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Ben Moore -- Back for His 10th Summer!

    Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

    by Dawne

    “What did you do on your summer vacation?” If assigned a report on this topic, school librarian BenBen Moore June2014 Moore might report that he spent his summer on a “busman’s holiday,” working as a reference assistant at the Allen County Public Library.  Ben, librarian for Smith-Green Schools in Churubusco, is helping patrons 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in The Genealogy Center for his 10th summer. This year he is also working at the Ask desk in Reader’s Services part time in the evenings.

    Ben started working summers in The Genealogy Center back in 2005 when the main library departments were temporarily housed in the Renaissance Center building (now Citizens Square) during renovation of 900 Library Plaza. He said he applied for a summer job at the library and expected, since he was a teacher at that time, that he might be assigned to Children’s Services. Instead, he found himself in Genealogy. Ben said he remembered coming to what was then called the Genealogy Department with his grandmother when he was a boy and he found the subject interesting, but wasn’t really “a genealogist” when he started working summers in The Center. He has since dabbled in working on his family history.

    He said he very much enjoys helping the patrons of The Genealogy Center every summer and finds the variety of their questions interesting.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Summer Time Sundays: Closed

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    The Genealogy Center, like all agencies of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Sundays for the summer, May 25, 2014, through August 31, 2014. Except for July 4th, we will be open the rest of the summer, 9A to 9P on Mondays through Thursdays, and 9A to 6P on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Memorial Day, May 26

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    The Genealogy Center, like the other Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day. We are also closed Sunday, May 25th, as that starts the summer Sunday closing. We will be open Saturday, May 24th, 9A to 6P, and Tuesday 9A to 9P.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Something New in Our Catalog!

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

    by Delia

    When you check The Genealogy Center's Catalog, you usually find a list of books with call numbers or a list of microform indicating the number of rolls or sheets in that document. Occasionally, there will be a hot link to a digitized version of our print volume at Family History Books or Internet Archive. But now, there's something new!

    We are lucky that researchers donate material to us. Over the years, people have donated large family tree wall charts. We accepted these items, because we could see the historical value, but folding them to bind into book form would damage the chart, and the cost of binding them in their original sizes was prohibitive, so how to handle them was always a quandary. But now, thanks to our digitizing partners, like Internet Archive, when you search the catalog now, in place of the call number, you may see the word "Website." Click on the hot link and you will be taken to a digitized image. Printing from the image would result in an extremely small view, but you can save the item to a USB and take that to a place that can print posters to obtain a full sized copy. Click example to see one of these catalog records, and its link, and be on the lookout for more online documents!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed on Sunday, April 20th

    Sunday, Apr 13, 2014

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library system, will be closed on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in observance of Easter. We will be open our regular hours on Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, and will reopen on Monday, April 21st at 9A.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • End of the Year Reminder: Copying

    Monday, Dec 30, 2013

    As we finish the year and you begin to plan your visits to The Genealogy Center, please remember that our copiers no longer accept coins. Our copiers and our computer printers use a card based system wherein you place money on the card, then the system uses the funds as you make your copies. The system will only accept bills ($1s, $5s, $10s).  Researchers have arrived in recent weeks with pockets and purses loaded with coins, resulting is frustration and wasted time as they have to go somewhere to change the coins into bills. So remember to bring bills for your copying.

    And remember to bring a UBS drive as well. Often, the images on our computers are more readable (as well as cheaper) as an electronic copy rather than paper. You may also want to save digital images from books, instead of paper copies, as there is no cost to scan images.

    Whether at The Genealogy Center or another research center, a call or quick email before you visit may provide basic information about the facility.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Year's Eve and Day Closings

    Thursday, Dec 26, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will close at 5 PM on Tuesday December 31st for New Year's Eve, and will remain closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday January 2nd at 9 AM. Whether you come here to do research or party elsewhere, drive carefully. And have a wonderful New Year filled with lots of new family history information!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Gift Ideas

    Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

    Would you like to give a family oriented gift this year? Something that reflects your family or some specific person? Try clicking on the "Create a Lasting Genealogy Keepsake" button on our home page and connect with Keepsake Threads, a company that will create pillows, toys, quilts and other items using your pictures or family trees. With Keepsake Threads, your own keepsake clothing can be used to create a one-of-a-kind treasure for a parent, child or friend. Plus a percentage of the profits go to the Allen County Public Library Foundation that supports The Genealogy Center, so not only will you give a terrific gift, but you will also support your favorite (we hope!) genealogy research facility.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases

    Monday, Dec 16, 2013

    The Genealogy Center has made some recent additions to its Free Databases including:

    Take a few minutes to see if any of these will aid your research, and remember that The Genealogy Center is always interested in expanding our online databases, so look around to see what you might want to share with us, and everyone else!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed for Christmas Holiday

    Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open our regular hours, 9 AM to 9 PM on Monday, December 22nd and Thursday, December 26th, so there are still plenty of research hours for the holidays!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving Reminder

    Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

    Though The Genealogy Center will be closed on Thursday, November 28, we will reopen on Friday, November 29, with our regular weekend hours. Our hours this holiday weekend are:

    Wednesday, November 27 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday, November 28 Closed
    Friday, November 29 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday, November 30 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sunday, December 1 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

    Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. We will be open our regular hours on Wednesday, November 27th (9A to 9P), Friday and Saturday (9A to 6P), and Sunday (12N to 5P), so you have time to get your notes in order to share with your relatives, or come on in after the holiday to solve any family history questions that have arisen!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Veterans Day

    Thursday, Nov 07, 2013

    For many years, the 1914 to 1918 conflict was known as the Great War, the European War or the World War, because of the wide reaching effects of those hostilities. Optimistically, it was also known as the War to End All Wars, until unrest in the 1930s brought about another wide-ranging conflict. The date the the Great War ended, November 11th, was first celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919. In 1926, that date became an officially recognized day and in 1938, it became a federal holiday. In 1954, recognizing the great contribution of soldiers in World War II and the Korean War, the name changed to Veterans Day, in honor of all veterans.

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be open on Monday, November 11th, for anyone wishing to come to research. Take a few minutes on that day to remember all of the veterans in your family history, and all of the living veterans that you know.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed September 27th!

    Monday, Sep 23, 2013

    On Friday, September 27, 2013, The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed for Staff Development Day. While we will miss our customers, we look forward to the opportunity to learn about new sources, sharpen our skills, and a chance to touch base with colleagues from other departments and branches. We will reopen with our regular hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, September 28th. Join us then!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013

    Saturday, Aug 17, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like all of the Allen County Public Library agencies, will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day. We will be open our regular hours on Saturday, August 31st, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Tuesday, September 3rd, 9 AM to 9 PM.

    Starting the Sunday after Labor Day, September 8th, we begin Sunday hours, 12 noon to 5 PM.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • ... Research!

    Sunday, Aug 11, 2013

    by Delia

    Congratulations! You've arrived at The Genealogy Center, ready to get down to researching! But I want to cover a few details first.

    1. If you are here during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, be aware of our hours, especially the Extended Research Hours:

    • Monday, Aug. 19 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (regular hours)
    • Tuesday, Aug. 20 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (regular hours)
    • Wednesday, Aug. 21 – 9 a.m.-midnight (extended evening hours)
    • Thursday, Aug. 22 – 7 a.m.-midnight (extended morning & evening hours)
    • Friday, Aug. 23 – 7 a.m.-midnight (extended morning & evening hours)
    • Saturday, Aug. 24 – 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended morning hours)

    2. Try to make copies and scans as you go along. Don't get caught in a last-minute rush to the copiers!

    3. Remember that, if you are using a book and wish to use it the next day, leave it at your seat with a note that says, "Save." We will leave it for you to use again. However, if you are finished, please don't leave the books on the tables. Thinking that someone forgot the "Save" note, we may leave them for a day or two, and someone else may be wanting them. Instead, place them on a return cart or on the gray shelves so they will go back where they belong.

    4. Remember that if you don't know how to use the copiers, or have a computer question, or can't decipher an abbreviation, or just want to know where the restrooms (in the Great Hall, next to the elevators), just ask. We have many volunteers supplementing our staff for the conference week, and if they/we don't know, we can usually find out. So, just ASK!

    5. And, last but not least, have fun! The genealogical conferences I've attended have not only provided me education in research techniques, but also the opportunity to talk to researchers from all over. And, although we may not have water slides, we hope a visit to The Genealogy Center offers an enjoyable and productive research trip!

    See you soon!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • ... Get Set...

    Friday, Aug 09, 2013

    by Delia

    So, now you know what you want to research. Here are a few items you might want to bring or consider:

    • One or more USB drives. You can save images from our computers, from microfilm and fiche, and now, from books using our new photocopiers that not only make copies (including color copies) but also let you save PDF images! But be sure that there are no program files on your USB drives. Our computers won't accept them if they do. And bring more than one USB drive, just in case.
    • If you have your own computer or other electronic device, great! Bring it! We allow almost anything (except food and drink), but be sure to bring a lock or keep your valuables with you. While no one really wants to abscond with your research notes, your iPad, Netbook and other electronic devices are a great temptation, and, unfortunately, a large gathering will attract non-genealogists interested in acquiring something other than ancestors.
    • Bring one and five dollar bills. Copies and prints are ten cents each, but our new debit card system for photocopies and computer prints requires bills.
    • If you have an Ancestry account, remember that you may not access it from our computers, which are logged into the ACPL Account. If you have your own computer, log into your Ancestry account before coming to the library, and do not shut it down. When your computer accesses our wifi, you will already be on your own account.
    • And last, but not least, if you feel the cold sooner than others, bring a light sweater or jacket. As in all large buildings, there are many cool and hot spots. This is also true of most convention rooms, so if you do not relish the cool indoors after being in the August heat outside, be prepared!

    Next time: Research!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Get Ready...

    Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013

    by Delia

    So the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference for 2013 is almost upon us! I know everyone is ready for all of the wonderful sessions and fabulous speakers, the amazing exhibits, and all of the extra activities (the FGS Opening Social on Wednesday and the Friday Night Evening Local Event, just to name two), but are you ready for researching at The Genealogy Center?

    Whether you are coming for the Conference, or are planning a visit here later, we wanted to provide a few tips for making your research visit more enjoyable and productive. So, first, let's get ready!

    Take a bit of time to plan what you want to search while you are here. Determine what facts you seek, make notes about the family, and what sources you think might be best. Take time to check our book catalog and our microtext catalog. Note titles with the respective call numbers or roll numbers. This will help you hit the ground running when you arrive. Remember to add an extra few research projects, in case you either solve the first quickly, or hit that proverbial brick wall.

    Also, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our website, especially under Pathfinders to view the Guides and Snapshots.

    Next: Get Set!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Something New!

    Friday, Jul 26, 2013

    Have you noticed the new button on The Genealogy Center homepage? It’s in the upper left corner and says, “Family Tree Pillow and Art. Click here.” Go ahead and click! The link will take you to our new partner, Keepsake Threads, who produces heirloom quality textile art and other items. They can take old family photographs or family trees and place the design on throw pillows for your living room, or on a wall hanging. They can also take cloth keepsakes to make quilts, stuffed animals, pillows, and, soon, quilt squares. Do you have all of the neckties worn by your dad from the 1970s? Or your children’s souvenir tee-shirts? They can provide ways to use those items to create a priceless family heirloom. And a portion of the genealogy pillow and wall hanging sales goes to the Allen County Public Library Foundation, which helps to support The Genealogy Center.

    So take a peek at their website, and visit them at their booth at the Federation of Genealogy Societies' Conference in August!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center