Week two of Family History Month 2017 has almost arrived and it’s time to mark your calendars for:

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 1:00 PM – Discovery Center
Immigration Process Before Entering in the United States – Cynthia Theusch
Participants will learn what their ancestors experienced at Castle Garden, and later Ellis Island, before being allowed into the United States. This part of the immigration experience can shed new light on our ancestors’ lives.

Monday, October 9, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Computer Classroom
GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program, Part 1 – Kay Spears
Explore a FREE option to Adobe Photoshop. We will look at GIMP and the tools which may be used to change, restore, and touch up your old photographs. The second session will be on Monday, October 16, 2017. There will be hands-on time; so bring your photos and be prepared to have some fun.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discover Center
A Rare and Valuable Gem: PERSI – Melissa Tennant
This presentation will highlight where one can find the “Periodical Source Index” (PERSI), the most comprehensive subject index to genealogical periodicals. Discover the terrific indexing and images available at the site, how to get copies of articles cited in the periodical index, and the dramatic things that are happening with PERSI at FindMyPast.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 7:00 PM – Meeting Room A
Resources for Researchers: Today and Tomorrow – Curt Witcher
Hear about new materials—print and virtual—in The Genealogy Center as well as shifting strategies for enhancing access to family and local history resources wherever they may be. The focus will be knowing about the resources available and how to access them.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
Finding Pre-1850 Era Ancestors – Sara Allen
We know how challenging it can be to trace pre-1850 ancestors due to the lack of data in the census and the scarcity of sources identifying women and children during this time frame.  This session will explain cluster research and the use of sources such as tax records, different census records, and probate records to find these elusive ancestors.  
Friday, October 13, 2017, 7:00PM – 9:00 PM – HT2, 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.
Speakeasies, Juice Joints, and Blind Pigs: Prohibition History and YOU! – Allison DePrey Singleton
How did Prohibition affect producers of alcohol, drinking establishments, and the Average Joe who wanted a cocktail?  Learn about the history of Prohibition, how it affected Hoosier producers and establishments, and sample a few period appropriate cocktails made from better stuff than Bathtub Gin!  Grab your fedora and feather boa, and dress the part to learn, have some giggle water, and be over the moon. Register for this event at Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM – Discovery Center
Beginner’s Day – Delia Cothrun Bourne
   9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Beginning Your Family History Exploration
Join us as we discuss beginning steps and sources, such as census, vital records, and more!
   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Continuing Your Family History Exploration
Explore more useful sources from the court house, as well as military records and passenger lists. Learn the importance of documenting what you find and how to verify information.
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Introduction to Ancestry & Family Search
The largest subscription database and the largest free database! Discover the basics of using these two great sources for family history research!
   3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Other Online Sources
Now that you have been introduced to the big online sites, meet some of the other subscription sites The Genealogy Center offers, as well as our own free databases!