The second week of Family History Month starts out with guest speaker, attorney David Singleton presenting “Legalese for Genealogists,” on Sunday October 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center. David will provide information on where to look for a birth certificate or divorce record, provide insight as to what all that legal jargon in will means as well as discuss many common legal terms with simple explanations as well as provide examples of where you might find records, plus he also will answer questions you may have on archaic legal terms you have discovered in your ancestors’ documents, though he asks that you submit these terms to Genealogy@ACPL.Info prior to the presentation. (Please note that there will be no legal advice given during this talk. The purpose of this presentation is solely to provide a general understanding of legal terms.)    

Kay Spears will present the second “Photoshop Elements Alternatives” on Monday October 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom on the first floor. Kay will explore some different different free programs that may be used as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and discuss the pros and cons of each program. Bring your images on a USB drive and experiment Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

Is DNA all Greek to you? Come to “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy,” presented by Sara Allen on Tuesday October 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center and learn about the three major tests for genealogists - the Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal tests. By the end of the session, you will know how to use DNA testing to enhance your traditional genealogical research.

Join the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A learn “Did It Really Happen That Way? Documenting Oral History,” presented by Delia Bourne. Maybe you've grown up hearing “the legend,” or maybe it's a family tale you've just heard for the first time. The story sounds like a novel, but the person who told it wouldn't lie, right? Learn how to use the clues in a family anecdote to research its accuracy, and decide how to include it in your family history.

Thursday October 13, 2016 is “A Day with Jessica Trotter” in the Discovery Center. Join us from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to hear about “Scandalous Ancestors,” for ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that begins in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. Then come back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for “Tracking My Trotters: A Case Study in African American Research.” Sorting out her father’s family has been a joy for Jessica… and maddening. But it’s also offered great lessons in research and made our history as a country more real—from the Second Great Migration, to the Jim Crow South, to Slavery.

On Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. John Beatty will present “German Resources in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library” in the Discovery Center. He will discuss the many research tools, guidebooks, maps, and genealogical works that can help researchers find their German ancestors, and which will point to other records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as well as in Germany itself.

Finally, on Saturday October 15, 2016, Delia Bourne will help you in “Discovering Confederate Pensions” at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center. Learn the history of pensions for former CSA soldiers and how to find them.

And that will wrap up the second week of Family History Month 2016! For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!