Kay Spears starts off Week 3 of Family History Month with Part 2 of her “Basics of Adobe Elements Workshop,” on Monday, October 12, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom. Remember to bring copies of photographs on a USB (“flash”) drive for hands-on instruction. Space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register.

Is DNA all Greek to you? Come and learn about the three major tests for genealogists - the Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal tests when Sara Allen presents “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy,” Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. By the end of the session, you will know how to use DNA testing to enhance your traditional genealogical research.

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meets Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A. This month’s offering is “Diaries, Journals, and Day Books,” presented by Rodney Scott. When in the process of our genealogical research, if we are fortunate to uncover a diary or journal, there is an explosion of information about our ancestors. The style and type of these documents are reviewed with outlines of how such items can be created for your own family histories. All are welcome.

Curt Witcher will provide a basic preservation presentation on how to care for paper documents, photographs, and numerous heirlooms on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in “So What Do I Do With This? Caring for Family Documents & Keepsakes.” Be there 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A as both processes and products are shown.

Are you at a loss when it comes to using The Genealogy Center’s new microfilm and fiche printer/scanners? Join Cynthia Theusch Friday, October 16, 2015 for “Using the ST-ViewScan III Microfilm & Microfiche Printer/Scanners,” 10-11 a.m., in The Genealogy Center Microtext Reading Room  as she demonstrates these new machines and offers suggestions for getting the best prints and scans possible. Register early. Space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register.

On Saturday, October 17, 2015 Melissa Tennent will answer “Why Should I Look at Revolutionary War Pension Records?” 11 a.m.-Noon, in The Genealogy Center. Pension records are a valuable source for learning more about your Revolutionary War ancestor. Understand Revolutionary War Pension Records better by discovering how to access these files and what information is available in the documents.

Careful analysis of the 1880 census can help you solve genealogical problems with origins well before that year. Join Cynthia Theusch on Sunday, October 18, 2015, Meeting Room A, 1-2 p.m. for “Using Clues in the 1880 Census to Solve Earlier Research Challenges.” Learn to use all the categories of information recorded in every column of the 1880 census to your full advantage. Little pieces of data gleaned from censuses can help you make deductions that break down long-time brick walls, including those of the pre-1850 time period.

To learn more about these or any of our Family History Month events, see the brochure, To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.