On March 22, 1823, Wayne Lodge No. 25 F&AM was established in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nearly  two hundred years later, the Masonic Temple loaned the Minute Books for the Lodge to The Genealogy Center so that the materials in these books would not be lost to future generations. Eleven volumes, ranging from the minutes of the first authorized meeting in 1823 through 1958, document the oldest Masonic Lodge in northern Indiana are now available online for free!

The collection can be found at Masonic Lodges of Greater Fort Wayne or through Allen County Resources page which is one of The Genealogy Center's Free Databases.

This amazing collection of original materials, documenting some of Fort Wayne’s influential leaders during the 19th century, can be browsed by month and year. Familiar names such as Ewing, Foster, Rudisill, and Wells are recorded throughout these books, which chronicle the activities of the organization and its members, including discussions about potential new members, hearings concerning some members’ questionable behaviors, and visitors from other Lodges.

For genealogists researching family members who belonged to the Masons, even those who resided in other states, or for Fort Wayne historians, these records are worth a look.