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  • DNA Interest Group Meeting - Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Friday, Oct 28, 2016

    Have you done a DNA test for genealogical purposes? Do you completely understand the results you received? Do you need advice in interpreting your results? Are you interested and wonder what the best test is for you? Come to the DNA Interest Group Meeting to share and learn from each other!

    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info

    6:30P - 7:30P

    Discovery Center

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Share Your Cubs Memories!

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

    Finally! The Cubs are in the World Series! And we are collecting YOUR tales of excitement, wonder, frustration and victory. Stories could include your first game at Wrigley Field, the time Grandpa caught that foul ball, when you met Ernie Banks, seeing Ron Santo clicking his heels together, listening to Harry Caray’s play-by-play of the game, or the game you attended that was called on account of rain. Your family’s moments and memories, including audio or video memories, are just as special. Please send your stories, photos and scans of souvenirs to:
    Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Instagram @GenealogyCenter
    www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter
    cubs 


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  • Family History Month - The End

    Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

     So we have a few more events until Family History Month 2016 is, well, history.

    On Saturday October 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Cynthia Theusch will discuss “Locating the Records of Your Michigan Ancestors,” in the Discover Center. This class will explain where to find birth, marriage, death, probate, and land records. Discover what records are available here in The Genealogy Center and on the Internet. Discover various facilities that house records and documents to add to your research.

    “The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: History and Sources” is John Beatty’s topic for Sunday October 30, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center. The trials and executions of the men and women charged with witchcraft at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has become an iconic event in American history. Many genealogists today are descendants of one of these unfortunates or one or more of their accusers. This talk provides an overview of the event and discusses some of the historical and genealogical sources for researching this event.

    And finally, for Halloween on Monday October 31, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., also in the Discovery Ccenter, Allison Duprey Singleton will provide some highlight of “Morbid Genealogy.” It is the season for ghosts, vampires, and witches. While these are not typically part of the genealogical world, we can still discuss the macabre and morbid aspects of genealogy. Come and take part in an entertaining discussion on
    morbid genealogy with a Halloween flair.

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours

    Monday, Oct 24, 2016

    Has it ever occurred to you that you could get so much research accomplished if only you didn’t have to leave The Genealogy Center when it closes? Ever wondered what your friendly genealogy librarians are like as the hour approaches midnight? Have you fantasized about finding your ancestors’ ghosts in the stacks as the witching hour approaches? Your opportunity arrives on Friday, October 28, 2016, as The Genealogy Center stays open for Midnight Madness – extended research hours from 6:00 PM to Midnight! Stay to research and grab one of the three Mini-Programs (30 minutes each of quick tips), in the Discovery Center:

    6:30 p.m., Digital Organization. Melissa Tennant will tell you how to create a personal digital collection, where your genealogical records and files can be readily organized, updated, and available at your fingertips.

    7:30 p.m., Fabulous Free Websites.  Delia Bourne will introduce you to ten fabulous free websites to use in your research. Free is great, right?

    8:30 p.m., Diggin’ DPLA: Some Tips on Accessing this Growing Resource. Curt Witcher will show you some tips for successfully using this growing database of links to important historical material.

    Be in The Genealogy Center by 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, and remember not to park in the library garage, which closes at 6 p.m.

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 4

    Friday, Oct 21, 2016

    The last full week of Family History Month starts on Sunday, October 23, 2016, with Sara Allen recounting her experience “Finding James Beavers and Other Misplaced Modern-day People,” at 1:00 PM in the Discovery Center. Have you lost track of a friend or relative? Are you seeking your birth family? Tracing people in modern times with privacy laws and less record accessibility can be challenging. Through the account of the speaker’s search for deceased Vietnam veteran James Beavers’ family, you will learn tips and strategies for finding more recent ancestors and living persons.

    On Monday October 24, 2016, at 2:30PM, Melissa Tennant will advise you on “Visiting The Genealogy Center from Home,” at 2:30PM, in the Discovery Center. Discover the treasure trove of more than three million searchable items accessible online from ACPL’s The Genealogy Center. Be there for a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s digital collections.

    “Maps & Atlases for the Family Historian” is featured on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at 6:3PM, in the Discovery Center.  Maps and atlases provide an illustrative background for our ancestors, their paths and trails, and physical surroundings as well as land ownership and usage. Delia Bourne will explain the basics of what’s available and how to use these fascinating sources.

    Melissa Tennant will discuss “Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America,” on Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. This presentation is for those seeking Indiana ancestors or family members who may have migrated through the state on their way farther west. The methods and sources for discovering your Hoosier roots will be explained along with a demonstration of the resources available for anyone seeking Indiana family history.

    Thursday October 27, 2016, features “Beginning Genealogical Research in Virginia,” presented by John Beatty at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. Virginia, the Old Dominion, was the first successful American colony, and for many genealogists, it remains a pivotal state in their research. This talk offers a beginning overview of the sources for Virginia research and will provide some strategies for overcoming its many challenges, including the problem of burned courthouses.

    It’s not the end of the week, or the end of Family History Month, so stay tuned!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Histories – Your Bring Them, We Scan Them!

    Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

    For Family History Month, Family Search will scan your family and personal histories, biographies, local histories and autobiographies in book form (books will need a title page and author). These books will go online at FamilySearch.org.

    Books copyrighted prior to 1923 can be scanned. Books copyrighted after 1923 will have to have an accompanying authorization form the author (we can provide the forms).

    Bring your material to The Genealogy Center Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2016 and Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Come for A Day with Juliana Szucs

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2016

    Ancestry’s Juliana Szucs will be here at the Discovery Center on Saturday October 22, 2016 to share her research expertise and her Ancestry know-how! Classes are:

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Discovery Center
    “A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Research”
    We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What do you do when your research is in a rut? Juliana has a dozen ways for you to get it back on track

    11:15 AM-12:15 PM, Discovery Center
    “Coming to America: Finding Arrival Records and Stories on Ancestry”
    Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names. Learn how to locate and use these records effectively and discover the story of your ancestor’s immigration to America.

    12:15 PM-1:45 PM – Lunch on own

    1:45 PM-2:45 PM, Discovery Center
    “Getting the Most from Ancestry”
    Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

    3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Discovery Center
    “Question and Answer Session”
    What have you always wanted to ask an expert from Ancestry.com?  This is your opportunity. 

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes! http://www.genealogycenter.org/docs/prizes2016

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.


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  • Family History Day for Homeschoolers

    Friday, Oct 14, 2016

     Many parents want their children to become interested in their family’s history and genealogy, but fostering that interest may be a challenge. The Genealogy Center can engage parents and children alike with a Family History Day on Thursday October 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

    Allison DePrey Singleton will host a day-long program with two classroom-style lessons and guided research time to explore The Genealogy Center collection. Each child will receive a worksheet to complete, tailored to his or her age, experience, and grade level.  
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – “Beginning Genealogy Program Online Sources” – Discovery Center
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM – Break – Research on own
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM – “Beginning Genealogy Program Printed Sources” – Discovery Center
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch on own
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Research on own with assistance from librarians when needed.  
    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Coolest Discoveries—Sharing and Prizes

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 3

    Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

    The third week of Family History Month 2016 Has a number of our special days: Sunday is A Day in Allen County; Thursday is a Family History Day for Homeschoolers; and then spend a Day with Juliana Szucs of Ancestry on Saturday, but we have several more concentrated programs, also!

    Join Cynthia Theusch in “Finding Ontario’s Genealogical Information and Documents” on Sunday October 16, 2016, at 1:00 PM in the Discovery Center. Discover what records are available here in The Genealogy Center and on the Internet. Locate libraries, archives and government programs that house records and documents to add to your research.

    Kay Spears will show you the “Basics of Scanning Photographs” on Monday October 17, 2016, at 2:30 PM in the Discovery Center. Learn about one of the ways to save your family photographs. This session will cover the basics of scanning, from how to handle your photographs to in which file format your photographs should be saved. There also will be time for a scanning demonstration, and you are invited to bring a few photographs to scan and save to a USB drive.

    On Tuesday October 18, 2016, Melissa Tennant will discuss “Using FamilySearch for Your Genealogy” at 6:30 PM in Discovery Center. Learn the search techniques that can maximize your FamilySearch.org experience and discover the billions of records available on this free website.

    Computer Interest Group Meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday October 19, 2016, at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room B.

    And on Friday Oct 21, 2016 Sara Allen will demonstrate “Using U.S. Records to Find Your Immigrant’s Link to the Old Country.” Don’t skip important steps in finding your ancestor’s home village. Before crossing the pond and searching in European records, fully investigate American records about the immigrant and his family. Topics covered include: starting with U.S. records and moving back in time to the immigrant, finding records of the journey to America, and finally, identifying the village of origin in Europe. Join her at 10AM in the Discovery Center.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thursday October 13, 2016 is “A Day with Jessica Trotter”

    Sunday, Oct 09, 2016

    Join us as we welcome Jessica Trotter to The Genealogy Center and she shares her knowledge and stories with us! Jessica will present “Scandalous Ancestors” from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center, with ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that begins in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. Then come back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for “Tracking My Trotters: A Case Study in African American Research.” Sorting out her father’s family has been a joy for Jessica… and maddening. But it’s also offered great lessons in research and made our history as a country more real—from the Second Great Migration, to the Jim Crow South, to Slavery.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • October 16, 2016: A Day in Allen County

    Friday, Oct 07, 2016

    We invite you to capture A Day in Allen County, Indiana! On Sunday, October 16, 2016, take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us! What is your view of Allen County that day? These pictures are not limited to marquee events. We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community; so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a brief description you would like put with the picture.

    If it’s happening in the twenty-four hours of October 16th, it’s worth capturing!
    ∙ Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    ∙ Twitter #DayinAllenCo2016
    ∙ Upload pictures at www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter
    ∙ Instagram @GenealogyCenter
    ∙ Visit Our Community Album


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  • Family History Month - Week 2

    Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016

    The second week of Family History Month starts out with guest speaker, attorney David Singleton presenting “Legalese for Genealogists,” on Sunday October 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center. David will provide information on where to look for a birth certificate or divorce record, provide insight as to what all that legal jargon in will means as well as discuss many common legal terms with simple explanations as well as provide examples of where you might find records, plus he also will answer questions you may have on archaic legal terms you have discovered in your ancestors’ documents, though he asks that you submit these terms to Genealogy@ACPL.Info prior to the presentation. (Please note that there will be no legal advice given during this talk. The purpose of this presentation is solely to provide a general understanding of legal terms.)    

    Kay Spears will present the second “Photoshop Elements Alternatives” on Monday October 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom on the first floor. Kay will explore some different different free programs that may be used as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and discuss the pros and cons of each program. Bring your images on a USB drive and experiment Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

    Is DNA all Greek to you? Come to “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy,” presented by Sara Allen on Tuesday October 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center and learn about the three major tests for genealogists - the Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal tests. By the end of the session, you will know how to use DNA testing to enhance your traditional genealogical research.

    Join the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A learn “Did It Really Happen That Way? Documenting Oral History,” presented by Delia Bourne. Maybe you've grown up hearing “the legend,” or maybe it's a family tale you've just heard for the first time. The story sounds like a novel, but the person who told it wouldn't lie, right? Learn how to use the clues in a family anecdote to research its accuracy, and decide how to include it in your family history.

    Thursday October 13, 2016 is “A Day with Jessica Trotter” in the Discovery Center. Join us from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to hear about “Scandalous Ancestors,” for ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that begins in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. Then come back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for “Tracking My Trotters: A Case Study in African American Research.” Sorting out her father’s family has been a joy for Jessica… and maddening. But it’s also offered great lessons in research and made our history as a country more real—from the Second Great Migration, to the Jim Crow South, to Slavery.

    On Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. John Beatty will present “German Resources in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library” in the Discovery Center. He will discuss the many research tools, guidebooks, maps, and genealogical works that can help researchers find their German ancestors, and which will point to other records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as well as in Germany itself.

    Finally, on Saturday October 15, 2016, Delia Bourne will help you in “Discovering Confederate Pensions” at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center. Learn the history of pensions for former CSA soldiers and how to find them.

    And that will wrap up the second week of Family History Month 2016! For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Beginner’s Day – Saturday, October 8, 2016

    Sunday, Oct 02, 2016

    Congratulations! You’re on the road of family discovery, wanting to learn more about those who came before you. Maybe you have already started by trying Ancestry.com, or talking to your relatives, or maybe you are just curious about the paths your research will take you. We want to help you navigate your journey with a day for beginners – or for those who want to make sure they have the process well in hand.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Starting a Family History Journey – Delia Bourne.
    Discover the basics of gathering information from your living relatives and family sources, and the importance of organization in the research process. A brief overview will be provided on what records you may discover in your search, and how those records may be used to further your family story. An introduction will be provided to Ancestry.com’s census collection and how to use it as a springboard to other records. Finally, a tour of The Genealogy Center will be offered to familiarize you with what can be found.

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Beyond Just Starting – Delia Bourne
    Learn how to verify the information you find, and the importance of documenting what you find as well as where you find it. Discover how to harvest as much information as possible from various records. You will see how to use the free FamilySearch website, and be provided with a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s licensed databases.

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Beyond Hatched, Matched & Dispatched: Methods for Finding Our Families’ Stories – Melissa Tennant
    There is so much more to learn about our ancestors and their families than can be discovered just through census and vital records. Methods for discovering other resources to find more information about our families and the stories of their lives will be shared.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    For more information, see the brochure. Register for these free events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month - Week 1

    Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

    It’s that time again: Family History Month, and we at The Genealogy Center have a great month planned, with all sorts of great activities! The first week alone is a great kick-off!

    We start with “An Afternoon of Storytelling,” on Saturday October 1, 2016, 4:00 p.m in the Discovery Center where Curt Witcher and Aaron Smith will lead a variety of individuals in telling stories and explain why storytelling is so important. Ake time to be inspired to tell your stories!

    On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Allison Singleton will meet you at 1:00 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main St., Fort Wayne for “Cemeteries Are Not Just for Ghosts: Lindenwood Cemetery.” This program will take place in Lindenwood 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. We will also participate in a brief tour of the cemetery. Meet at the Lindenwood Parking Lot, 2324 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. Please dress comfortably for walking outside.

    Kay Spears will provide the first of two separate sessions on “Photoshop Elements Alternatives” on Monday October 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom on the first floor. Kay will explore a number of different free programs that may be used as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the pros and cons of each program. Bring your images on a USB drive and experiment. The second session is Monday, October 10th, at the same time. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

    Since this is the first week of Family History Month, we are offering “Beginner’s Guide to Vital Records” on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. Delia Bourne will explain what can be found in a vital record, and what other sources may be used when the official record is missing.

    Allison DePrey Singleton will provide a nice break on Wednesday October 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. with “The Genealogy of Beer” in the Discovery Center. Breweries have a history in Fort Wayne almost as long as Indiana has been a state. With this rich and bubbly heritage, it is only natural to look at the history and genealogy of some of the well-known breweries and brewers in this city. Come learn about beer and perhaps pick up a few tips on learning how to research the occupations of your own ancestors.  

    Have you done a DNA test for genealogical purposes? Do you completely understand the results you received? Do you need advice in interpreting your results? Are you interested and wonder what the best test is for you? Come to the “DNA Interest Group Meeting” to share and learn from each other on Thursday October 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center. We plan to make this a regular Group Meeting, so be there for the first!

    And on Friday October 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center Cynthia Theusch will demonstrate the basic features of “RootsMagic Software.” Learn about the “what’s new” features and tips to help you add family facts, photos and source citations. The presenter also will show how to search the Internet while in the RootsMagic program.

    So that’s the first seven days of Family History Month 2016! For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family History Month Door Prizes!

    Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

    This year, Family History Month not only offers great opportunities for entertainment and education, you may also win a prize!

    Grand Prize Drawing: For every program you attend, you will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes. There is not a limit and you do not need to be present to win. There will be several runner-up drawings for other prizes.
    Grand Prizes including:
      * World Subscription to Ancestry
      * FindMyPast Subscription
      * FamilyTree DNA Kit
      * Membership to the Indiana Genealogical Society
      * Membership to the Indiana Historical Society
      * Prizes from Visit Fort Wayne
      * And More!

    Social Media Drawing: For every interaction with us on Facebook during the month of October, you will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes.

    Prizes including:
      * One Night Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott including parking and complimentary breakfast for two
      * U.S. Subscription to Ancestry
      * FindMyPast Subscription
      * Prizes from Visit Fort Wayne

    Read about all of the great events for Family History Month!
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    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Miami Indian Materials Now Online!

    Friday, Sep 23, 2016

    We have several items online now that formerly have only been available as print resources.

    The first is Payments to Miami Indians, 1859. This is a transcription of original payrolls owned by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society which lists Miami heads of families and individuals who were living east of the Mississippi River and received a payment in 1854.

    Next is Records of the Miami Indians of Indiana, which contains three parts: the 1895 Annuity Payment Roll of the Miami of Indiana who were, at that time, living in Kansas, Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory; a collection of newspaper stories on the Miami; and a copy of Chief Godfory’s “Miami Indian Stories,” published in 1961. All of these items are name and keyword searchable.
     
    The last item was from a microfilm collection of Annuities and Census of the Miami Indians. Included are Annuity Payrolls for 1882, 1891, and 1895, the Annuity Payroll for the Eel River Tribe, 1889 Annuity, a transcription for a land division for Francis Godfroy, and the 1881 Census of Miami Indians in Indiana and elsewhere. All of these items are also name and keyword searchable. 

     If you are seeking information on the Miami Tribe of Indiana, these sources would be a good place to search.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Histories, Photos & Charts

    Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016

    We’ve recently posted a number of new Family Resources on our Free Databases webpage, starting with Haller/Gibboney/Baldwin Family History and Kaess-Dawson Family History from regular contributor Brian Paul Kaess. These items, as usual, are well researched, and provide citations and are indexed.

    Arnolds in “Western Maryland Catholics” is an extract of Arnold family members found in “Western Maryland Catholics, 1819-1851,” by Richard T. Koch. The extracts provide the information as well as the citation in the book.

    Jean Francis Knight provided Miller, Martin, Scott, Price, Collins, Curtin, Francis: They Came From the British Isles to America. This item is also keyword searchable and provides citations.

    Ancestors of James Norman Pence of Fort Wayne, Indiana, provides fourteen generations from James back and provides photographs when available and more than 60 pages of citations.

    And we also have scans of the Letters of Wilbur Churchward during his Civilian Conservation Corps service with Company 544 in Upland, California and Enaville, Idaho. Dated 1934 to 1936, these letters show a young man who is far away but keeping up with family and friends.

    Next we have two photographic collections. The Helen Adams Harrod Photographs from Indiana and Ohio provides both the photo and the back of each, with identifying information, which can be lacking, such as the photo of a small child on a tricycle simply labeled Annabelle. The other is the Photo Album of the Lawrence Till Family of Allen County, Indiana, which had a number of rural and agricultural and rural photos from Washington Township.
    Annabelle

    Finally, we have some very interesting sources, and there is a story to these. Along with other genealogical material that is donated to us, we receive charts. Many of these are huge, filled with tiny printed names, dates and places. Valuable sources but what do we do with them. In the past, many have been folded into some smaller size and bound to make a book-like resources. Preserved, yes, but the folds will eventually cause tears and the information across the folds can be lost. Through the efforts of some of our scanning partners and our tech, several of these charts have now been scanned and are available on our website. But, wait! There’s more! Once you open the chart, you can click on a section to view an enlargement of the section! This make these sources much more usable! These charts are the Caulkins-Ancestry of Almira Caulkins Chart and the Ancestors and Descendants of Roswell and Eunice (Hine) Caulkins Chart the Maternal and Paternal Fan Charts of the Herbert Eliot Family, The Genealogical Record of the Powers, Harris and Allied Families, More Particularly of the Descendants of Nathaniel Powers and Esther Johnson, John Hough Harris and Lucy May chart, and Descendants of Peter and Elizabeth (Woods) Wallace Chart. Names can be searched in all of these through the Federated Database search on our homepage (where it says “Search our Free Databases).

    Thanks to all who contribute and who helped us scan and make these materials available.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Groups at The Genealogy Center

    Saturday, Sep 03, 2016

    It has been a busy month here at The Genealogy Center.  We hosted the IFLA Preconference here three weeks ago, followed by a family association researching and collaborating for a couple of days.  Then two weeks ago, we had the NGS group and the Montgomery County Chapter of OGS visiting.  We love having groups visit!  

    When planning your next family reunion, genealogical society outing, or a friend trip, consider making The Genealogy Center part of your gathering.  Our new Discovery Center is the perfect place to have meetings, pop-up consultations, and/or presentations.  

    We ask that you let us know when you plan on coming.  While discussing your group’s visit, you can request and arrange brief pop-up presentations and tours. It’s a win-win, with a great collection and a wonderful space for discovering family connections.
     

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases from Across America

    Saturday, Sep 03, 2016

    We have posted a number of new databases for Allen County, but remember, we have a national collection and we like material from all over! We start off this set with a number of cemetery lists, starting with Cemetery Records of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. This compilation is the copyrighted work of the Manitowoc County Genealogical Society, the Manitowoc Public Library, and the West Foundation. It is through their generosity that this work is presented here. This digitized volume starts with a nice table of contents, which will guide a researcher to tips for researchers, abbreviations used in family history and various religious denominations and ghost cemeteries, then the cemetery listings organized by township. The more than 4000 pages are also name searchable. 

    The next three come to us from T. Bradford Willis, DDS, of Waco, Texas. First Street Cemetery and  Greenwood Cemetery are in McLennan County, Texas, and Sand Flat Cemetery, is in Austin Texas. All three consist of very clear photographs of very clear photographs of each of the tombstones.

    A photograph was passed to us recently of a fire in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio on 26 January 1929, at two local oil companies. A brief account of the fire is included and the death certificate of the only fatality, James Wayland.

    We also have the Radiator yearbook of Somerville High School in Middlesex County, Massachusetts for 1947. Typical of the era, there are photos of faculty and seniors, class histories, photos of sports and various organizations and seniors’ photos as children. Included are senior Edward Cruz’s report card and an image of his school beanie.
    Beanie

    We also have the New Lisbon Farm Telephone Directory, Otsego County, New York for 1924, which includes the rules and hours for the exchanges.  

    We have records of the Women's Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church or Illinois, Indiana, Michigan. Most of the material is for annual conferences in the early 2000s, but the Indiana section does include the minutes of the Women's Mite Missionary Society of the Indiana Conference. 

    Finally, we have the Marathon day Program of the Woman’s Benefit Association of the Maccabbees for 1923 in Los Angeles Co, California. This gathering was an international event which included women from all over the United States and Canada. This 80-page

    We hope that you may look and find useful and interesting information in some of these new sources.

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  • One-on-One Consultations - September 21 and 27, 2016

    Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

    Have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research, from 2PM to 4PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your Consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

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