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  • Preservation Week - Water Damaged Book

    Sunday, Apr 24, 2016

    As Preservation Week begins, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

    In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

    Today, the first item that brought to our attention is a water damaged book.  It is unfortunate, but a small bottle of water can cause this type of damage.  This book not only has water damage, it has some mold growing in it as well.  This is because the water damage was not brought to our attention until the mold began growing. 

    Tips to prevent damage: When working with irreplaceable materials, make sure to keep food and drinks away from the material.  As you can see, even water can do a lot of damage.  Make sure to keep the materials in safe, cool, dry, and dark locations.  Moisture in the air can cause some damage but so can leaking pipes and flooded basements.  Be wise with where you store priceless materials.  Don’t put them in places where they may be damaged by water.  

    Tips to deal with damage: If you catch that the materials have gotten wet right away, begin by wicking away excess water with dry clothes. Then follow these instructions on how to dry out the materials.  For mold, follow these instructions and be careful to not expose yourself to the health risks of mold.  

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Musings about Microfilm

    Friday, Apr 22, 2016

    To many people, Microfilm is just another strange word that they do not understand.  To some people, it is an archaic form of saving materials.  To genealogists, it can contain pure gold in the form of answers.  While it is true that much of what genealogists are seeking has been digitized, not everything has been digitized and is available to the public.  Many things, such as newspapers, cannot be digitized due to copyright issues.  Many things have not been digitized due to lack of funding and lack of ability to digitize.  Microfilm is the only way these sources are accessible. 

    Microfilm is a low-cost, reliable, long-term, and a standardized method of image storing.  Microfilm has a life-expectancy of hundreds of years.  Microfilm machines vary in size and capability.  At minimum, the machine needs to consist of light and magnification.  As technology has improved, so have the capabilities of the machines. 

    Microfilm is cost effective and a proven way to preserve documents for hundreds of years.  While digitization is wonderful, microfilm will remain in the libraries and archives for the foreseeable future. When you visit your local library or archive, check out their microfilm collection.  

    The Genealogy Center Microtext Catalog is available on our website. 

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Investigating Silhouettes, Part 2

    Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016

    Continuation of Investigating Silhouettes

    by John

    Our patron wants to know more, and his inquiry leads to a number of logical questions: How does one dig deeper? What do the silhouettes tell us about the couple and the date of the silhouettes? Might we identify the artist who made them? How should our patron best preserve them?

    We know that William and Margaret were married by the Rev. Mr. Spring on 28 December 1814 at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City (see Shepherd Knapp, ed., Personal Records of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 1809-1908 NY: Brick Presbyterian Church, 1909], p, 135; 974.402 N422n). We also have access to one of the best available guides for identifying silhouettes: Blume J. Rifken’s Silhouettes in America, 1790-1840: A Collectors’ Guide (Burlington, VT: Paradigm Press, 1987). Rifken shows many examples of silhouettes of the period, offers tips on dating clothing and hair styles, and presents photos of many silhouettes of the period by various artists. While we don’t find an exact match to the clothing, we believe the images are of the Regency period and date from 1815 to 1825. Perhaps William and Margaret had the silhouettes made soon after their marriage.

    Rifken shows an image in his book with a very similar painting style to the Leggett images and in a nearly identical frame. The silhouette was painted by the renowned silhouettist, William Bache (1771-1845). Might the Leggett portraits have been painted by Bache, who was based in New Orleans and Philadelphia but also worked as an itinerant? They have a similar relief style, but all we can say is, maybe. We recommend that the patron share digital scans of the images with museums such as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., for a more extensive identification. The National Portrait Gallery has an album containing more than 1,800 silhouettes by Bache from a slightly earlier period.

    How should the patron best preserve the images? We noticed that they are turning brown and that there is obvious damage to the back of one of the two images. The frames are original and part of the artifact of the silhouettes, and so the frame and image should be preserved together. We recommend taking them to a professional framer who can install new backing with archival-quality paper, which will prevent further deterioration. We also recommend affixing some identification of the subjects to the back of the frames. Doing so will insure that when the silhouettes are handed down to future generations, the identities of the subjects will not be lost.

    Be sure to join us for Preservation Week, April 24-30, and learn some skills for identifying and preserving your genealogical artifacts and heirlooms.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Investigating Silhouettes, Part 1

    Monday, Apr 18, 2016

    by John

    One of our patrons presented us with two early 19th century silhouettes, which he believes depict his third-great grandparents, William Haight Leggett (1789-1863) and his wife, Margaret Peck (Wright) Leggett (1794-1878), both of New York City. He has graciously allowed us to digitize them for our collection. Our patron knows that the provenance of the pictures descends through his Leggett ancestors, but he was not absolutely certain about the attribution, and he wondered whether we could confirm their identities. It proved to be an interesting request and dovetailed nicely with our forthcoming observance of Preservation Week, April 24-30.

    While the Genealogy Center staff sees many historical photographs, we seldom have earlier images, such as silhouettes, to study. The Leggetts were a prominent family in New York City. William and Margaret’s son, Augustus Wright Leggett (1816-1885) and his wife, Elizabeth (Seaman) (1815-1900) lived in New York and later became pioneers of Oakland County, Michigan. For a time the family lived next door to William Cullen Bryant on Long Island and considered the poet Walt Whitman among their friends.

    Doing an Internet search for “William Haight Leggett” brings up a wonderful, well-documented website in which the family’s genealogy is extensively traced.

    The site also includes images of oil paintings of William and Margaret made later in life. They allow us to compare the faces with those in the silhouettes, and they provide what we believe to be a positive match. Our patron’s family tradition appears to be confirmed.

    Our patron wants to know more, and his inquiry leads to a number of logical questions: How does one dig deeper? What do the silhouettes tell us about the couple and the date of the silhouettes? Might we identify the artist who made them? How should our patron best preserve them?

    Learn more tomorrow!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Life and Genealogy are Learning Experiences

    Monday, Apr 11, 2016

    I recently did a presentation on Famous Female Hoosier Writers for Women’s History Month.  In preparing for the presentation, I read works of authors and journalists I was not as familiar with and learned more about these amazing women.  I chose this presentation topic because, while I was familiar with some of the authors and journalists I wanted to discuss, I also saw it as a learning experience.  I am one of those people who loves to learn and thrives on learning new things each and every day.  Life is about discovery!  This love of learning and discovery is why genealogy works so well for me.  I am constantly learning about new places to search for information, new sources, and new information for my own family tree.  

    I hope to remind you all that genealogy is a learning process.  There are proper forms of methodology and research, but everyone has to start somewhere.  When I am researching a historical event or figure, I begin with Wikipedia.  While I would NEVER use Wikipedia as a source, I use it to get a rough idea of the event or person and then use the sources list to learn more.  It is the same with genealogy.  When people begin their genealogy research, they usually jump at the chance to use other people’s trees listed on Ancestry and other websites.  This is okay!  I have heard people getting angry with beginners for doing this.  The thing that everyone needs to remember is that while the beginners are doing further research they will learn not to trust the trees.  It is a learning process of discovering that not everyone does sound research and many people will put family lore on their trees as solid truth.  The same is true with Wikipedia.  I learned very quickly that I could not trust the material in the written sections but I could use the sources listed to help further my research.  I always try to find a primary source or an excellently sourced secondary source.  To determine how accurate or credible a resource is, research the publisher and the author and check the footnotes, endnotes, and the bibliography.  

    If you would like more information on the women writers I researched, here is a link for further reading: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NL--qM0QHPnbFDwZLP5X0IDaELTygnsPprg7P-njdLM/edit?usp=sharing   

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference - April 16, 2016

    Friday, Apr 08, 2016

     The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Allen County Public Library.  The two featured speakers this year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.  Jen Baldwin’s sessions are being sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation.  Check out the Indiana Genealogical Society page for more information on the speakers, full schedule, and instructions on how to register for this wonderful conference.  

     List of sessions offered:
    •    Session A: Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session B: Being More Than Social on Social Media - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session C: The Art of Negative Space-Research: Women - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session D: Paperless Genealogy: Eliminating The Binders, File Cabinets and Post-It Notes - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session E: You're Not In Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources for Urban-Area Research - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session F: Preserving Your Personal Archives - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session G: Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session H: Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - Jen Baldwin

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Preservation Week, April 24 – 30, 2016 – Pass It On!

    Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

    To celebrate the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week, The Genealogy Center is bringing you a week full of opportunities to learn how to care for your family treasures. Classes include:

    Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:00pm, Meeting Room A & Maker Lab
    “Using the Maker Lab to Preserve Family History”- Sara Allen
    Learn how ACPL’s Maker Lab can be used to preserve your family history. Join us as we tour the Maker Lab and learn how to convert family wedding videos to DVD; transfer family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports and company logos, and more. Space is limited. Call or email to reserve spot.
     
    Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Your Home Museum: Websites to Aid in the Preservation of Personal Memorabilia”- Delia Bourne
    Most of us have personal items we wish to preserve, either for monetary or intrinsic value. Such personal heirlooms can be jewelry and silver, vinyl record albums, collectible cards, art and much more. This session will introduce a number of websites that can provide guidance to the novice in the care and conservation of personal memorabilia.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:30pm – Discovery Center
    “Beyond the Family Bible: Using Heirlooms in Genealogical Research” - John Beatty
    This sessions will discuss how to analyze a variety of inherited items - books, textiles, photographs, jewelry, paintings - and how they can aid in doing genealogical research. Often there are clues imbedded in such items that researchers can use to their advantage if they know where and how to look. The talk will also discuss a variety of printed sources for heirloom evaluation and mention some ways of preserving them.

     Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:30pm, Discovery Center
    “Preserving Family Documents”- Tamara Hemmerlein
    Family records are an invaluable source of information. Caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learn simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and while still keeping them accessible for research. Tamara Hemmerlein is currently Director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
     
    Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
    “Scanning Demo” - Kay Spears
    Join us for a short scanning demonstration. So, you finally have that scanner and you’re itching to start preserving your family photographs but you don’t know where to begin. This program will be a short demonstration on how to get started with your scanning project. Attendees are invited to bring their photos for this demonstration.

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Preserving Precious Paper: Conservation Techniques for Paper Materials” – Allison Singleton
    As genealogists, we all have a large amount of historic family documents.  Learn how to safely repair tears, properly store, and care for your paper materials in this session.  No supplies are needed. 

    Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
    “Life Stories” - Curt Witcher
    Come see what our new Life Stories Center is all about and learn some of the best practices for interviewing family, friends and community members!

    For more information, see the brochure. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for any of these free events.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Family Resources

    Saturday, Apr 02, 2016

    We have some new family resources available for you to use!

     

    We have Documentation for Nancy Kerr/Carr (1809 to after 1838), donated by Curtis L. Older. Nancy was born in Ohio, migrating with her parents to Indiana where she married Thomas Gouty. She was the mother of Elias B. Gouty (1833-1915) and she died before 1840. This material provides information on her birth and married family, court cases and references to prove her lineage, and an SAR application by Curtis Lynn Older. This is an excellently researched proof document!

     

    Pragoff Progenitors: Rogers Line, Lewis Extensions, compiled by Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace, deals extensively with the Rogers family of Virginia and Kentucky, adding to her works that deal with other Pragoff progenitors, including the Gorin and Franklin families.

     

    The Robert Laurie Lamont Bible includes both images and transcriptions of the Robert Laurie Lamont-Susanna Aikins family covering 1835 to 1989, from Scotland to Iowa.

     

    And the Tremper Family Bible also includes images and a transcription of the Allan Tremper-Martha Bell Hilts family from 1832 to 1920 in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    Thanks to the donors for contributing these great resources!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April

    Tuesday, Mar 29, 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 on Wednesday, April 13th, and Tuesday, April 19th, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed Sunday March 27th

    Friday, Mar 25, 2016

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library facilities, will be closed on Sunday, March 27, 2016, for Easter. We will be open our regular hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference

    Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

    The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Allen County Public Library.  The two featured speakers this year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.  Jen Baldwin’s sessions are being sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation.  Check out the Indiana Genealogical Society page for more information on the speakers, full schedule, and instructions on how to register for this wonderful conference.  

    List of sessions offered:
    •    Session A: Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session B: Being More Than Social on Social Media - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session C: The Art of Negative Space-Research: Women - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session D: Paperless Genealogy: Eliminating The Binders, File Cabinets and Post-It Notes - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session E: You're Not In Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources for Urban-Area Research - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session F: Preserving Your Personal Archives - Jen Baldwin
    •    Session G: Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
    •    Session H: Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - Jen Baldwin

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Free Indiana Databases

    Friday, Mar 18, 2016

     We’ve added, and added to, a couple of Indiana free databases recently!

    The years of 1917-1919 and 2014 have been added to “Obituaries from the Sullivan Daily Times and the Sullivan Union, Sullivan County, Indiana,” compiled by Donna K. Adams, Paula Jewell, and Mark Brown of the Sullivan County Public Library Genealogy/Local History Department, who have generously shared this index with us. To use this collection, one can select the year of death, then locate the obituary by the first letter of the last name.

    We have the 1920 booklet of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Kenner Rebekah Lodge, IOOF, for DeKalb County, which lists duties and responsibilities of all officers.
     
    Finally, we have the Index to Springfield Township: A History (Franklin County, IN). We have Springfield Township: A History in our collection under call number GC 977.201 F85dua, and this index, compiled by Karen Coffinbarger of the Brookville Library, for the publication by Don Dunaway, will make use easier for all who wish to use it.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to these databases!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New in Our Military Heritage!

    Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

    We have added three new items to Our Military Heritage recently!

    From the Civil War, we have the military records of James Bigelow, 8th and 11th Connecticut. This packet includes all types of forms and certificates from his induction into the 8th Connecticut to his discharge, and includes information on his service as an assistant surgeon, his Master Mason certificate and his widow’s affidavit. We also have “Roster of the Eighth Regiment Conn. Vols. 1861-1865,” published in 1908. It includes names of all members, by company, who attended a reunion that year, including Dr. James Bigelow of Elkhart, Indiana.
     
    The other item is a clipping from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, published in about December 1988, concerning the sad fate of World War II veteran Roland Boyle. Local boy Roland served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the army in 1940, serving until the end of the war. Back in Fort Wayne, he had difficulty adapting to civilian life and eventually left his parents and siblings for a rootless existence in the west. He died in 1987 and was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, although his family was not aware of his death for a year. This article is illustrative of the difficulties all soldiers faced when returning from war.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Free Allen County Online Resources

    Friday, Mar 11, 2016

    Our Allen County Resources have grown recently with additions to a couple of pre-existing databases and a couple of new sources as well.

    We have City of Fort Wayne Water Works, 1931-1981, with a history of the Water Works and the St. Joseph Pumping Station, with Three Rivers Filtration Plant Functions, a nifty flow diagram and some great photographs!
     
    Speaking of great photos, we have the Embassy Theatre Commemorative Photographs, 1928-1978, with a history of the theater and wonderful photos of the Embassy and of its incarnation as the Emboyd Theatre.
     
    We also have a copy of the Washington Township (Allen County, IN) School yearbook, “The Wildcat” for 1957-1958. “The Wildcat” includes individual photos for each student and teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, and group photos for sports, yearbook staff, etc. Since this belonged to a student, there are even a few autographs.
     
    Additions to the Lindenwood Cemetery Index for 2015 have been added. Lindenwood is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Allen County and is on the National Register.
    2015 Addition to Lindenwood burials

    Finally, 62 new booklets and documents comprising more than 1400 images have been added to the General Electric Collection in the Elex section. As one of Fort Wayne’s largest employers in the 20th century, this collection is a tremendous addition to our local history.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Welcome to Our New Spaces

    Thursday, Mar 03, 2016

    Late this morning, The Genealogy Center opened its two repurposed areas! We invite you to take advantage of these spaces.
     
    The Life Stories Center is very exciting for us. Everyone has a story. Most of us have many stories, and these stories not only tell the history of people, but also of the community in which they lived. Stories can include military reminiscences; childhood memories; workplace recollections; accounts of church, political or club activities; and immigration and first generation sagas, just to name a few. Activities at the Life Stories Center will include mentoring potential interviewers, making audio recording equipment available, and archiving the recordings.
     
    The Discovery Center will provide space for interest group discussions, genealogy and local history group meetings, pop-up classes for visiting groups, as well as The Genealogy Center’s events and classes. The two ceiling-mounted computer projectors can be used in tandem or separately, with the entire audiovisual set-up having the ability to use laptops, netbooks, smart devices, DVDs, and Blu-ray.
     
    To schedule use of the Discovery Center or Life Stories Center, or for more information, contact the Genealogy Center at 421-1225, email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • March Madness: Genealogy Style - March 6 - 12, 2016

    Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

    This year’s theme for our annual March Madness is “Brick Walls: Overcoming Barriers in Your Genealogical Research.” Rebound with your research the first week of March as The Genealogy Center gives you an assist with these classes in our new Discovery Center. Classes include:

    Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Common Sense Problem Solving: Two Case Studies”
    Presenter: Delia Bourne

    Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Forenames: First and Foremost—First Names, Nick Names, Called Names, Initials, and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    "Breaking Through the Brick Wall: 14 Steps for Re-thinking and Solving Genealogical Problems”
    Presenter: John Beatty

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    ACGSI Meeting “Gaining Insight into a Life with School Research”
    Presenter: Adam Barrone

    Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center
    “Breaking Through the Brick Wall”
    Presenter: Melissa Tennant

    Friday, March 11, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Surnames: Last, but Not Least—Surnames and Clues to Further Your Research”
    Presenter: Michael Clegg

    Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10 a.m., Discovery Center
    “Working with a Single Record”
    Presenter: Cynthia Theusch   

    For individual class descriptions, see the brochure. To register for any of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or send an email. Score points for your research and join us!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Who's a Hoosier? Who and What Make Indiana Great

    Monday, Feb 29, 2016

    Do you live in Indiana? Have you ever resided in Indiana? Do you have family who once made Indiana their home? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know someone who is a Hoosier.

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, The Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of “life lived in the small places” as that is what makes, and has made, Indiana great. We are interested in old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana that showcase Hoosier life. These can include children at play, people at work, people hanging out, sporting events, homes and buildings, and so much more.

    The Genealogy Center will collect Who’s a Hoosier? images from December 11, 2015 through December 11, 2016 in honor of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood.

    To show your Hoosier pride, please contribute a picture along with a description of the image, detailing Who and What Makes Indiana Great!

    Upload pictures at Who's a Hoosier
    Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
    Upload pictures to Facebook 
    Instagram @ GenealogyCenter

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Grand Opening - Thursday March 3, 2016

    Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

    Join us Thursday, March 3 at 11:40 a.m. for the Grand Opening of our renovated spaces! We have re-purposed half of our Microtext Reading Room into the Discovery Center, a place for classes, demonstrations, meetings, groups and more. Come see our new space and follow this blog as we make plans!

    At the same time, our new Life Stories center will officially open! This is a space for you to interview family members, friends, and community members, to record their memories before they are lost. Contact us for more information. Remember, everybody has a story!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Lincoln at the Library - Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016

    Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln's policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood.  Join us on Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, in the Allen County Public Library’s Meeting Room A as Professor Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, speaks on "Lincoln as a Hoosier: Race, Politics and the Sixteenth President."  Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    For more information see The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection page.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in March!

    Wednesday, Feb 17, 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 on Tuesday, March 15th, and Wednesday March 23rd, both 2 PM to 4PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email requesting a Consultation. You will be asked to provide basic information concerning the nature of your quandary and 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!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center