IllnessIBlogThe last full week of Family History Month is packed with great learning opportunities, starting on Sunday October 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center when Delia Cothrun Bourne talks about “What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death. This light-hearted overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors will include where to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

On Monday October, 21, 2019, Delia Bourne will offer tips on “Saving Digitally from Genealogy Center Resources,” at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. So many great electronic resources are available through The Genealogy Center website, but the mechanics of actually saving what you find to your USB drive can be confusing. Discover how to preserve what you find from various databases, and how to adapt instructions for use on numerous sites.

MidwesternIBlogDelia Bourne will share “Selected Midwestern Resources at The Genealogy Center,” on Tuesday October 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Although The Genealogy Center prides itself on its extensive collection from all over the United States, the Midwestern collection in exceptional. Come and see a few of the more overlooked resources for the Midwest.

Sara Allen will offer “Ancestry DNA 101” on Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center. Have you taken the DNA test?  Come to this session and learn the basics about's autosomal DNA test and how to read and interpret your results.  We will discuss the ethnicity estimate, your match page, and other features of the Ancestry DNA experience

Thursday October 24, 2019 offers a treat at 6:30 p.m., in the Discovery Center when Kim Harrison will discuss “Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answers.” Kim will offer a review of pension records and the value of the information to tell a person’s story. This session is a must for those researching railroad workers after the 1930s.
Friday October 25, 2019, is our Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight in The Genealogy Center. Stay in The Genealogy Center for an evening of research and visiting after everyone has left the Main Library for the evening. You must be in The Genealogy Center before 6 p.m., and you can stay to research until midnight! There are even programs to highlight the evening:
     6:30 p.m.: Finding & Using Catholic Church Records – Pat Stamm
     7:30 p.m.: What’s in the Collection? Tour and Introduction to The Genealogy Center Collection – Allison DePrey Singleton
     8:30 p.m.: Biographical Works in Genealogical Research - Curt Witcher
Please have your car out of the library garage before 6 p.m.

Register online at for these programs! Just search Genealogy to find any of our programs. You can also register for any of these free programs by calling 260-421-1225 or emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

And Saturday, October 26, 2019 brings “A Day with Judy Russell,” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Theater. The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . The Allen County Genealogical Society and The Genealogy Center join in proudly presenting this special day for genealogists.
Lectures include:
“An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others—The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments”
“No Person Shall . . . Gallop Horses in the Streets--Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestor’s Lives”
“When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records”
“2019: The Year of the Copyright.”
For a description of each presentation and information on time schedule or to register, go to This special paid event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation and is a ticketed/paid event.

And don’t forget our social media Genealogy Video Tips:

Monday October, 21, 2019 - What does a Daguerreotype look like? Hints for spotting a Daguerreotype.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 - Some hints for storing photographs, journals, etc.

Thursday October 24, 2019 - A richness of resources for Cherokee and Five Civilized Tribes family history in our snapshots.
– Learn how The Genealogy Center is a great resource for South Africa records.