Family History Month starts week two with Kay Spears offering “Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop, Part 1,” on Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom. She will demonstrate 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 USB (“flash”) drive for hands-on instruction in applying what they have learned to their photos. The class will continue on Monday, October 12th, at the same time. Register early as space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 brings provides guidance on one of the most desired sources as Delia Bourne presents “Vital Records for Beginners,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. This class will explain what can be found in a vital record, and what other sources may be used when an official record doesn’t exist.

In the past, some towns and villages issued warnings to some of the inhabitants to leave the area. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Cynthia Theusch will explain why in “Warnings Out Issued in the Colonies and Early United States,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Learn how to locate records to see if an ancestor or other family members received a warning.

At the meeting of the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne Meeting at 6:60 p.m. on  Thursday, October 8, in Meeting Room B, during “What Genealogy Has Done For Me—A Youth Presentation,” you will hear how young people have researched their families’ histories and what they have discovered about their families and themselves. All are welcome.

Meet up in the Microtext Reading Room of The Genealogy Center on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. for “Tech Talk: Microfilm & Fiche and Use of the ST200 Printer/Scanner.” Delia Bourne will discuss what types of materials are available in microtext format and how to use the ST200 printer/scanners. Register early. Space is limited, so register early by call 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.

John Beatty will discuss “Using German Church Records” on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10 to 11 a.m., in Meeting Room BC. This talk is intended for both the beginner and the more experienced genealogist wishing to learn more about how to locate, read, and interpret German church records. It will offer research tips, reveal some common idiosyncrasies found in records, discuss the steps needed in finding the right parish, look at ecclesiastical dates, and cover how to read various types of German handwriting found in church records.

How often have you bemoaned “I Can’t Find It on Ancestry.com!”? Sara Allen will address that on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 1-2 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Learn about genealogical records that are not on Ancestry.com and how to access them.

For more information about any of these events, or other events in Family History Month, see the brochure. To register for any of these free classes, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email!