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  • All the News That’s Fit to Digitize: News Sentinel Text Archive & Other Fort Wayne Digital Newspapers

    Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

    The News Sentinel Text Archive is a great addition to the various online sources for Fort Wayne newspapers. Join Delia Bourne Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C to explore these fabulous resources for hometown history!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    NewsBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019: Find My Past: A Tool for British, Irish, and American Ancestry

    Monday, Aug 12, 2019

    In this talk, speaker John Beatty will explore the use of Find My Past, a major website for researching Irish and British genealogy. We will look at some of the major components of the database, including the myriad of British census and parish register information, as well as some unique images of Irish sources, both newspapers and manuscripts. We will also explore use of the Periodical Source Index, which is part of this database. Join us Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Discover Center!
    To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze. FindPastBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for September 2019

    Thursday, Aug 08, 2019

    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 Thursday, September 5, 2019 and Monday September 16, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

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  • August One-on-One Consultations!

    Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

    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 August 13, 2019 and Thursday, August 29, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

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  • Guest Blog Post on Stories and Heirlooms

    Friday, Jul 05, 2019

    Heart and Sole: World War II Era Shoes Get New Life
    By: Lauren Caggiano, President of WriteOn

    What does it mean to walk a mile in another’s shoes? I experienced this literally after having recently restored my 94-year old grandmother’s shoes. 

    You see, these aren’t ordinary shoes. These are the shoes she wore the first time she set foot on American soil. They are an artifact, a piece of history.

    Her journey here as an immigrant is a story in and of itself. You could call it a storybook romance. She met my grandfather, an American G.I., while he was stationed in her town of Reims, France. He worked for the Signal Corps and was in regular communication with General Eisenhower. 

    Their paths crossed by chance. My grandmother was working for her father at the time and active in her church youth group. In fact, the Catholic Church is what brought them together. A friendship and eventual romance blossomed. They got married and later settled in my grandfather’s hometown of Niagara Falls, NY.  The rest is history, as they say.

    Before Shoes   Before2

    But back to the shoes….my grandma gifted them to me a few months ago when I was down for a visit. She had held on to them all these years. Despite a move across country and the passing of many years, they remained in decent condition. I knew they could be restored to their former glory, so I entrusted them to the care of a local cobbler. He was able to give them new life!

    After Shoes  After2

    My grandmother was pleased with the outcome and shared some thoughts: 

    “I bought the shoes when I was 21yrs old just before I got married, and of course I did not think they were of good quality because good leather was hard to find then, and we had to use coupons to buy shoes, clothes, and linen. I am really surprised they lasted that long. I kept them for sentimental reasons.”

    Merci beaucoup, grand-mère.

    Lauren

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations in July!

    Friday, Jun 21, 2019

    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 July 2, 2019 and Thursday, July 25, 2019, both 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

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  • Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon - July 27 and 28 2019

    Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

    The Genealogy Center will host an Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon! The Indiana Album's online community archive brings hidden gems from the attic to the web by scanning, cataloging, and sharing historic items that are normally hidden in family photo albums or shoe boxes. Indiana Album's volunteers will make high resolution scans with all documents being carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners.

    Be in the Discovery Center Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/or Sunday July 28, 2019, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.! Make a reservation or learn how to submit your own scans by contacting info@indianaalbum.com or (317) 771-4129.
    ScanBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Care and Identification of Historic Family Photographs Workshop

    Saturday, Jun 15, 2019

    From boxes of unidentified photographs to discs of digital images, we all have family photographs that need attention. Join us Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center to learn how to identify and care for your photos. Presenter Joan Hostetler of the Indiana Album will discuss how to examine and interpret historic photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring interesting photographs for a show and tell.
    HochstetlerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Family Tree Maker Event at ACPL!

    Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

    Family Tree Maker is joining up with Allen County Public Library to bring you a fantastic “how to” seminar on FTM and partner products. Come join Family Tree Maker at the Allen County Public Library on Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for a night of learning about what Family Tree Maker has to offer! With the new upgrade coming out soon, you’ll want to know what new features have been added to an already handy tool in your genealogy tool box. Partner products, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator will also be presented. You’ll also have the chance to take advantage of special conference pricing of these awesome products. Register at EventBrite!
    TreeMakerBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in June!

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    In June, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will establish a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment!
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • I Seek Dead People: Using America’s GenealogyBank to Find Obituaries and More!

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Join Allison DePrey Singleton on June 29, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center as she discusses America’s GenealogyBank, one of the new databases added to The Genealogy Center’s On-Site Databases this year.  It contains database collections of Historical Newspapers (1690-1922), Historical Books (1749-1900), Historical Documents (1789-1994), and America's Obituaries (1977-current). The obituary components of this resource make it a particularly valuable tool for genealogy research.To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of Digital Daze.
    DeadBlog

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Digital Resources

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    We have added some terrific new items to our Fort Wayne and Allen County online resources!

    First off, the Central High School Class of 1939 Golden Anniversary brochure was added to our Central High school materials, and we have added the 1912 Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners Annual Report, which includes photos, various reports and maps of the parks. 
    Lakeside

    We also have the Johnny Appleseed Memorial Association Record Books, and, thanks to our good friends at the Fort Wayne Baseball Oldtimers' Association we have their Newsletter, Line Drives (newsletter), and Hall of Fame Annual Banquet programs.

    There are a number of great supplements to our General Electric Collection, including the Elex Club Scrapbook, 1946-1947, the Partizan Scrapbook, 1988-1994, and Quintus Scrapbooks for 1987-1991, 1991-1995, and 1995-2002.
    Elex

    Finally, the 2018 burial records were added to the Lindenwood Cemetery database, bringing that to 22771 names in the 1976-2018 collection, and abstracts for Lot 21 of Branning’s Addition, Lots 21 – 22 for Elzey’s 4th Addition to Waynedale, Lot 38 of Lakeside Park Addition, Lots 1 – 56 and 65 – 132 of Kekionga Shores, and Range 13, Township 30N, NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Section 13 and part of Range 15E, Township 31N, E 12 of NW 1/4 of Sec 29 were added to the Allen County Abstracts of Title.

    Take a moment to explore all of these great new local resources!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New African American Additions to Our Free Databases

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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  • Learn About MyHeritage on Saturday May 18, 2019!

    Thursday, May 09, 2019

    oin Sara Allen as she take you "Exploring MyHeritage Library Edition,: on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Meeting Room C. Explore one of the library’s newest on-site genealogical record databases – MyHeritage Library Edition.  Learn tips and strategies for searching this valuable database, find out about the one-of-kind genealogical record collections available on MyHeritage, and more!

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

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • School newsletters are a great genealogy source!

    Monday, May 06, 2019


    James Smart School
    This collection contains The Smart Messenger from the James Smart School. The James H. Smart School was an elementary school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, located at the corner of Smith and Pontiac streets, and named in honor of James H. Smart, former superintendent of city schools. It opened on April 3, 1911 and closed in 1971.

    School newsletters have information on students, teachers, and school events that be of interest to genealogy researchers. We hope that this is the first of many school newsletter collections we will be offering digitally.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations Anytime in May!

    Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

    For May, The Genealogy Center would like to offer scheduled 30-minute, One-on-One Consultations more in tune with YOUR schedule! Do you have a brick wall in your research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your research? Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will establish a time for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    To make your appointment, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email to make your appointment!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Indiana Genealogical Society Conference inFort Wayne April 13 2019

    Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019

    Registration is open for the Indiana Genealogical Society's 2019 annual conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Meeting Rooms ABC. The featured speaker will be DNA expert Blaine Bettinger. Indiana Genealogical Society members will receive a $10 discount if they pre-register. The schedule for the day is below.

    9:00 a.m.--Registration, Networking & Vendor Browsing
    9:30 a.m.--Welcome & Introductions
    9:45 a.m.--Session 1-A: The Danger of Distant Matches - Blaine Bettinger
          --Session 1-B: Evaluating Published Genealogies - John Beatty
    10:45 a.m.--Break & Vendor Browsing
    11:15 a.m.--Session 2-A: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 2-B: German Resources in the Genealogy Center - John Beatty
    12:15 p.m.--Lunch — on your own
    1:15 p.m.--Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting, Awards and Lineage Societies Inductions
    2:30 p.m.--Session 3-A: Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 3-B: Getting to Know the Genealogy Center's Free Databases - Allison DePrey Singleton
    3:30 p.m.--Break & Vendor Browsing
    4:00 p.m.--Session 4-A: Phasing and Mapping Your DNA - Blaine Bettinger
           --Session 4-B: The 1940 Census and Preparing for the 1950 Census - Allison DePrey Singleton

    Register online for the conference using the form at http://www.indgensoc.org/conference.php. The deadline to pre-register for the conference is Tuesday, April 9, 2019; after that, registration will be $50 per person, including at the door.

    Indiana Librarians: LEU credits have been applied for; the session information will be updated when the LEU credits have been approved by the Indiana State Library.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Europe to America: The Anabaptist Mennonite Story - April 26 & 27, 2019

    Monday, Apr 01, 2019

    The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc. and The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library join in proudly presenting these special two days for genealogists seeking information on their Anabaptist Mennonite ancestors. This special event is sponsored by the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation. All events will be at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    mennoniteblog

    On Friday, April 26, 2019:
    9:45 a.m.--Menno Simons Essentials: Who are these Mennonites? - Peggy Goertzen
    11:00 a.m.--Anabaptist and Mennonite Materials in Print and Online in The Genealogy Center - John D. Beatty
    1:30 p.m.--Swiss Roots and Beaver Branches: Ohio Anabaptist-Mennonite Stories from a Bluffton Perspective - Carrie Phillips
    3:00 p.m. --What They Brought and What They Left Behind - Adam Barrone

    On Saturday, April 27, 2019:
    9:45 a.m.--Pattern, Persecution and Faith: Why are we moving? - Peggy Goertzen
    11:00 a.m.--Berne Mennonites – A Man – A Mission - Max Haines
    1:30 p.m.--Where can I find….? Resources for Anabaptist-Mennonite Research - Joe Springer
    3:00 p.m.--Brothers Helping Brothers: The Swiss, Prussian and Dutch Low-German
    Mennonites in the 1870’s - Peggy Goertzen

    For details on each lecture and presenter, go to www.acgsi.org. Registration is $25 for each day or $40 for both. To register, go to https://www.acgsi.org/event.php.

    Indiana Librarians: These seminar sessions are eligible for LEUs.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases

    Sunday, Mar 17, 2019

    Today, we are going to highlight the newest Free Databases from states other than Indiana!

    Colored Directory of the Leading Cities of Northern California, 1916-1917 includes names and addresses of residents in several major cities and on ranches in the area, photos of some of the residences, churches and organizations, as well as statistics on how many African Americans lived in the cities (5000 in Oakland, 1500 in San Francisco and 21 in Emeryville). This is a terrific source for African American families and organizations in the area.
    Blog - Dir

    Indexed newspaper transcriptions for the Canon City (Fremont) Daily Record Index, 2014-2016, and the Saguache (County) Crescent Index, 2015-2016 include obituaries, births, marriages, engagements and more, proving that family history includes modern records as well.

    Also new is the 1948 Commencement Program for the University of Michigan. This contains a list of all graduates by name. The Claypool Subdivision & Reo Park Addition in Ingham County, Michigan includes detailed abstracts and maps.
    Blog - Reo

    Norris’ Dover Directory, 1843 from Strafford County, New Hampshire includes churches schools, government offices, as well as a regular directory of residents and a list of “Females Employed by Cochecho Manufacturing Co.,” with these ladies’ places of residence. Additionally, we have the “Record Book Kept by Daniel Osborne (1794-1871), Quaker and Banker, Dover, New Hampshire,” which includes his family record, his banker records, as well as other items of interest to him, such as the royal family of England, executions, steam boat accidents, marriages and deaths. Not nearly as eclectic is the “Moses Crawford Daybook, Kept by Moses Crawford (1776-1835), Town of Montgomery, Orange County, New York,” which primarily includes amounts collected and paid, such as soap and rye.

    The Receipts and Disbursements of the City of Cincinnati, 1857 lists receipts, expenditures, debts owed by and to the city, school funds and more. There are also three more newspaper transcriptions with indexes, this time for Ohio, Butler Co., OH--Journal-News Index, from Butler County, 2015-2016, the Greenville (Darke County) Advocate Index, 2015 and the Dayton (Montgomery County) Daily News Index for 2015-2016.

    Finally, we have a history of Pampa (Gray County, Texas) Public Schools of Pampa, 1903 to 2005, including a section of the African American schools and subsequent integration, the city’s population and school enrollment through the years, and photographs and maps.

    Again, we thank everyone for their contributions!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • One-on-One Consultations for April!

    Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

    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 Thursday, April 4, 2019 and Thursday, April 18, 2019, both from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In The Genealogy Center. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info 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 on these days is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    The Genealogy Center, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    If you need a different time, contact us for an appointment, requesting a Consultation and providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. Based on your subject, a staff member will be assigned, and you and our Consultant will established a time for your consultation.

    To register, call 260-421-1225 or send us an email.
    Consultation 1

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center