Week 4 of Family History Month 2017 is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for:

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 2:00 PM – Meeting Room A
The Search for Nancy Hanks: A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln - Richard Hileman
Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. Her ancestry has been the subject of intense interest and has been hotly contested. In 1909, false names for her parents were carved into the granite of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial. The most recent biographies of Lincoln still give mistaken accounts of her ancestry. The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study and new historical evidence reveal the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry. Richard Hileman, a retired trial lawyer and avocational genealogist, will give this presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

Monday, October 23, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
Using Vital Records & Their Substitutes – Delia Cothrun Bourne
Vital records are the Holy Grail of genealogical sources. However, birth and death records were not commonly recorded until the 20th Century, and even the availability of marriage records depends on the locale and culture. This presentation will explain what can be found in a vital record and what other sources may be used when the official record is missing.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
Evaluating Published Genealogies and Family Histories – John Beatty
When reading a family history, how do you know whether the information it contains is valid? This presentation will offer some critical tools for evaluating published genealogies and family histories, providing a framework for testing the information they contain against other sources.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Discovery Center
Using FamilySearch for Your Family History – Melissa Tennant
Learn the search techniques that can maximize your FamilySearch.org experience and discover the millions of records available on this free website.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Discovery Center & The Genealogy Center
Family History Morning for Homeschoolers – Allison DePrey Singleton
Many parents want their children to be interested in their families’ histories, but fostering that interest may be a challenge. The Genealogy Center can engage parents and children alike with a Family History Morning. It is a program with one classroom-style lesson and guided research time to explore the collection. Each child will receive a worksheet to complete, tailored to his or her age, experience, and grade level.

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM – Arrival, Getting to the Discovery Center – 2nd Floor Main Library, The Genealogy Center
9:10 AM – 10:30 AM – Beginning Genealogy Program: Online and Printed Sources – Discovery Center
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM – Break
10:40 AM – 11:50 AM – Individual research with assistance from librarians
11:50 AM – 12:00 PM – Sharing coolest discoveries and prizes

Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight – Discovery Center & The  Genealogy Center
Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours
Ever wished to be locked in the library at night with all of the goodies at your fingertips? Well, stay up late with The Genealogy Center staff for extra research time and a little bit of learning!
6:30 PM – Be Prepared! – Delia Cothrun Bourne
After years spent on your family history, have you considered what will become of your research after you can no longer continue? Get some simple ideas for organizing your material for a future donation.
7:30 PM – What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
Join us on a brief tour of The Genealogy Center where you will be introduced to our massive physical collection. This tour will give you a better idea of where to look for that fantastic book you located in our catalog. *Please be prepared to stand and walk for half an hour.
8:30 PM – Who Went Where and Did What: A Look at Directories – Curt Witcher
This presentation will highlight various directories in The Genealogy Center collection and the types of data one may find.


Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
Why Should I Look at Revolutionary War Pension Records? – Melissa Tennant
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.