Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Greenlawn Cemetery
Cemeteries Are Not Just for Ghosts - Allison DePrey Singleton
This program designed for ALL ages will take place in Greenlawn Cemetery. Come learn basic cemetery etiquette, participate in a scavenger hunt to search for unique gravestone carvings and symbolism, and learn how cemeteries can be helpful for family history research. Meet at the Greenlawn Parking Lot, 6750 Covington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Please dress comfortable for walking outside.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
Native American/First Nations Research - Curt Witcher
This presentation provides an overview for the person beginning Native American genealogical research. Emphasis is placed on paying close attention to historical details, the major differences between Euro-American and Native American societies, and conducting research within the proper historical and geographic contexts. Major records groups are defined with an extensive bibliography provided.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center Naming Practices and Genealogy - John Beatty What were the names your ancestors gave to their children? The choice of names can tell us a lot about a family, sometimes one of only a few clues he or she may have left us. This talk will explore naming systems used by various cultures in Europe and America, and will show examples of how you can sometimes break through brick walls in your research by understanding naming patterns.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
Discovering Our FANs and Collaterals - Melissa Tennant
This session will show how exploring the Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors (FANs) and relatives of your direct ancestors can help demolish the genealogical brickwall.

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center DNA Testing Techniques for Adoptees - Sara Allen Have you sought your birth family through traditional genealogical research, but had no luck? Adding DNA testing to your tool box can break down that brick wall and help find biological family members. This session is applicable to anyone with unknown close biological family members, including those with an unknown father or unknown grandparents.
Friday, October 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Discovery Center Days with Diahan Southard - DNA Workshop - Diahan Southard A fun and interactive, no-computers-required genetic genealogy workshop that will have you actually DOING genetic genealogy. Registration is required. To register, go to

Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight, The Genealogy Center
Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours
Have you ever wished to be locked in the library at night with all of the genealogical goodies at your fingertips? Well, stay up late with The Genealogy Center Staff for extra research time and a little bit of learning! Plus, three 30-minute sessions will be offered in the Discovery Center:
6:30 p.m.: Last Seen: Finding Family after Slavery – Delia Cothrun Bourne
After the Civil War, divided African American families began to place advertisements in black newspapers across the country hoping to gain a clue to discovering their lost loved ones. “Last Seen” was created to promote crowdsourcing to transcribe and post these inquiries. Come learn about this fabulous source.
7:30 p.m.: 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 p.m.: Beyond Google: Conducting a Reasonably Exhaustive Search – Curt Witcher This presentation is a quick look at locating materials for one’s research that may not be immediately obvious.

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:15 – 5:00 p.m., Meeting Rooms A,B, & C Days with Diahan Southard - Diahan Southard “Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best Matches,” “Organizing Your DNA Results,” “Genetic Genealogy Advanced,” and “Three Ways to Get Your Children and Grandchildren Involved in Genealogy.” Registration is required. To register, go to To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

Part of Family History Month 2018.