Join us as we celebrate our version of March Madness as we investigate Out of the Box Genealogy – a full week of events and classes to improve your research skills and enhance your life! Events include:

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1:00 PM, Discovery Center
Skeletons in the Closet: Discovering a Difficult Past - Matt LaFlash
Every family has skeletons in the closet. This case study addresses the challenges of uncovering a difficult past and examines the process used to identify the father of a girl born out of wedlock with only a profession and nationality as a starting point.

Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death - Delia Bourne
This is an overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors and how to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center
An Ancestor's Death -- A Time for Reaping - Curt Witcher
Typically, no other time in our ancestors’ lives is the record creation potential as high as it is at their deaths. This talk, complemented with many record examples, spotlights numerous “happenings” surrounding an individual’s death that can generate records.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center
Using the Genealogical Proof Standard and DNA as Power Tools and Problem Solvers - John Beatty
This talk will discuss the various tenets of the Standard, show how to apply it in an actual case study, and show how both autosomal and mitochondrial DNA can be used to support or refute genealogical theories.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 PM, Chapman’s Brewery Taproom, 819 South Calhoun Street,
Fort Wayne
Genealogy of Beer and Beer Styles with Chapman’s Brewing Co. - Allison DePrey Singleton and Chapman’s Brewing Co.
Discover the genealogy of beer and how the brewers’ home country influenced the style of beer they originally produced. The specifics of the beer itself will also be discussed: aromas, style, taste profile, things to consider when drinking, and how these have changed over time.

Friday, March 10, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center
Out of the Box Questions and the Methodology to Answering Them - Allison DePrey Singleton
What are some of the unusual questions the librarians at The Genealogy Center receive and how do we answer them? Come and find out the methodology for answering “out of the box” questions.

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM, Theater, Allen County Public Library
Moody, Tearful Night Come Alive - 30th Indiana Civil War Re-enactors, Inc.
Have you ever seen a statue come to life? This is your chance! “Moody, Tearful Night,” the statue at the entrance to The Genealogy Center will be brought to life by a group of talented re-enactors from the 30th Indiana. The last day of Lincoln’s life will be brought to life followed by the re-enactors answering your questions about what occurred that fateful day.

For more information, see our brochure. To register for any or all of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.