Our Blog is Moving

October 15, 2010

With all the excitement involving our new catalog, and new website, we’re now pleased to announce The Genealogy Center Blog is moving to its new home on The Genealogy Center website! We are in transition at the moment, so we’ll cross-post on both sites. Please join us at our new home!


Coming Soon: A New Catalog

September 26, 2010

Family History Month isn’t the only exciting thing at The Genealogy Center this fall. We are launching a new catalog on Thursday, September 30th. To learn more about the new catalog, view the attached video.

Keep watching our website for more exciting changes planned at The Genealogy Center.


Lincoln & Civil War Politics

September 20, 2010

Running the country and conducting a Civil War weren’t the only things on Abraham Lincoln’s mind. Political controversy was a daily occurrence. The Lincoln Financial Collection, housed at the Allen County Public Library, contains a vast collection of broadsides, pamphlets, booklets, maps, photographs, and cartoons that provide in-depth background on Lincoln and the politics of his time. To highlight this material, The Genealogy Center Gallery is hosting a display of facsimiles of some of these original documents. Stop in and see this fascinating display.


Blog Survey

September 15, 2010

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is participating in a survey of Your use of our blog. The survey will be on The Genealogy Center blog from September 15th – 30th. Please click on the Blog Survey link on the right hand side of this page if you are interested in participating.


Sunday Hours Returning

September 10, 2010

Beginning Sunday, September 12th, The Genealogy Center will once again be open 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sundays. It’s a great time to plan a weekend at The Genealogy Center! Our regular hours will be:

Mon-Thurs 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

With planned events in October with Family History Month, think of visiting us this fall.


Orientation Video

September 4, 2010

Before visiting The Genealogy Center, you may want to consider viewing our Orientation Video. The video is a 17 minute virtual tour through our department that orients the viewer with all five rooms, how we’re organized, ways to access our material, and patron responsibilities. It’s one more step to insuring you make the best use of your time when visiting our facility.


Labor Day … and Beyond

August 26, 2010

The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010, in observance of Labor Day. We will, however, be open our regular hours, 9 am to 6 pm, on Saturday, September 5th.

Sunday hours, 12 noon to 5 pm, begin the next weekend, Sunday September 12th.


Family Documents

August 13, 2010

What should I do with my family bible? I have my grandfather’s military papers, but am unsure if it will help anyone. I discovered letters among my family papers. Would you be interested?

The Genealogy Center is currently working on several digitization projects. If you would like to share your family documents and make them available online, consider donating or loaning your material to the Genealogy Center to digitize and make publicly accessible.


Thank You!

August 7, 2010

Who knew genealogy was so popular? Or that a genealogy collection could have so many wonderful people enjoy its services? Our Facebook page has reached its 1000th fan! We, at The Genealogy Center, would like to thank you for your continued support.


Taking it with you

July 30, 2010

As you plan your genealogical research trip, you may decide to bring your computer with you. After all, you have all of your research notes, your scanned images, and your genealogy software, not to mention the Internet capabilities for mapping the location of the courthouse, your hotel, and the next White Castle. But there may be a few things to check on before you arrive:

  • Make sure that you can bring it with you into the court house, archives or library. Some institutions have limitations on what you may bring with you. The Genealogy Center allows you to bring your computer, scanner or digital camera to record your findings and check your notes.
  • See if your destination has wifi capabilities. It’s best to know before you arrive whether or not you can access your own Ancestry account, or if you can only check the notes that you have on your hard drive. The Genealogy Center has wifi, but, because we also have an Ancestry account, if you want to access your own account while here, you need to log on to Ancestry before you arrive at the library (and leave it running) to keep your own account live.
  • Ask if there is electricity available for visitor use, or if you need to draw on your battery. The Genealogy Center has electrical outlets on all tables, but only about two-thirds are actually live. Check with a staff member to be sure the outlet you are using is actually supplying “juice.”
  • Invest in, and use, a lock for your computer. Sold most places that sell electronics, a computer lock usually consists of a combination or key lock on a plastic covered metal cable that can be looped around a table leg. We genies tend to get very involved with our research, but there are thieves everywhere who prey on our inattention.
  • Last but not least, back up your files before you hit the road. An electrical surge, a spilled drink in the car, or an overly helpful relative cleaning your computer can spell disaster.

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