Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

June 4, 2010

The traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will be available for your viewing pleasure in the Genealogy Center June 18 to July 30, 2010. The Opening Reception will be at Saturday, June 19, at 7 PM in Meeting Room A of the Main Library, with speakers Jason Jividen, Sara Gabbard, and Katherine Tinsely. Other events highlighting the exhibition include:


Family Reunions

June 1, 2010

With the end of school, many people will plan family vacations over the coming months. With any luck, some vacations will include getting together with family members and holding a family reunion.

The Allen County Public Library has several books available to help you plan your reunion. Even if you can’t visit us, you can look for these books at your local library.

Your family reunion: how to plan it, organize it and enjoy it

How to plan your African-American family reunion

The family reunion sourcebook

Family reunion: everything you need to know to plan unforgettable get-togethers for every kind of family

Another option for a summer trip is to visit the Genealogy Center and enjoy a research vacation.


You Can’t Always Find It By Browsing!

May 27, 2010

Sometimes in the Genealogy Center, a useful book pertinent to a particular location is not found under a particular subject entry or title. Consider the book, On the Eve of Conquest: The Chevalier de Raymond’s Critique of New France in 1754, edited by Joseph L. Peyser and published by Michigan State University Press in 1997. The book is cataloged as 971 R214o, which is a general Canadian number. However, “New France” in the 1750s, before the conclusion of the French and Indian War, comprised a large portion of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes of what would become the United States. Charles de Raymond, the central figure of the work, was the commandant of Fort St. Joseph at what is now Fort Wayne in the 1750s. The book contains a useful, first-hand account of this and other areas occupied by the French, but not strictly about Canada. If you are researching the French period of Fort Wayne’s history, or indeed, those of other French-occupied settlements of the 1750s, this book deserves a closer look.


Genealogy Center Closed Memorial Day

May 23, 2010

As you make your research travel plans, please remember that the Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, is closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the library’s summer schedule. Hours Monday through Saturday are the same as the rest of the year (M-Th 9A – 9P and F&S 9A – 6P), but the entire library is closed on Sundays until after the Labor Day weekend. We love our visitors, and don’t want you waiting in vain on Sundays.


Genealogy @ Night

May 18, 2010

Summer is around the corner and with it comes Genealogy @ Night. Don’t let the name mislead you. We’ll make use of the long daylight hours and increase your genealogical research knowledge. In June, July, and August, lectures will be offered on the third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 PM -7:30 PM. Our first offering is Cynthia Theusch on “French Canadian Research at ACPL” on June 15. On July 20, John Beatty will present “Researching Indiana Court Records,” followed by Dawne Slater‑Putt with “Cataloging 3‑D Items & Heirlooms” on August 17. Look for more information at our Website and remember to register via email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info or by phone at 260‑421‑1225. Plan to visit us in the evenings this summer!


Researching Long Distance via RAOGK

May 10, 2010

by Dawne

The situation happens to everyone eventually – you discover a record that you need copied, a quick look-up to be done, or a photograph of a tombstone – but it is in a distant state and you can’t get there yourself. Sometimes the easiest way to get record copies is through corresponding directly with the courthouse or library in the distant location. But in other cases, that can be expensive and/or take more time than you would like.

Another option is to hire a professional researcher to do the task for you. The Association of Professional Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists have lists of available professional researchers on their websites. Many libraries and courthouses also have lists of researchers who have placed their names with the facilities. But often these professionals require a multi-hour retainer to make the job worth their while, and if you have just a quick look-up to be done, this doesn’t really suit your needs.

Photo of gravestone of Mary, wife of Samuel Rhodes, died March 18, 1856, aged 50 ys. 6 mo. 11 ds. (Old Huntertown Cemetery, southeast corner of Dunton and Cedar Canyon Roads, Perry Township, Allen County, Indiana) that Dawne recently took and sent as a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness.

What to do? See if a volunteer will do the small (but significant to you!) job at the cost of any out-of-pocket expenses. Contact the genealogical society in the area where you need the look-up done and ask whether it has members who will do such work. Or go to the website of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) at and see whether anyone has registered to do lookups in the area in which you are interested.

Volunteers on the RAOGK have agreed to do one free genealogy research task at least once a month in their local areas. Those who take advantage of this service must pay the out-of-pocket expenses such as record fees, copy fees, postage, parking fees and the like. They also would like a thank you, of course. The RAOGK boasts more than 4,000 volunteers, with a volunteer in every state and many other countries.

Whether or not you are successful in finding someone who will perform a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness for you, consider adding your name to the list as someone who will do a look-up in your local area. One look-up a time, once a month, we can make long-distance genealogical research easier for everyone and perhaps even bank some good karma for our own genealogical endeavors!


Preservation Week

May 6, 2010

Next week is the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, and the Genealogy Center is offering daily programs on gathering, organizing and preserving family records, photos and other precious mementos:

  • Monday May 10: Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop, presented by Kay Spears, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Globe Room
  • Tuesday May 11: Preservation Tips & Tools, presented by Rebecca Schipper, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Globe Room
  • Wednesday May 12: Organizing Information: Hard Copies, Computer Files, Pictures, etc., presented by Dawne Slater-Putt, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Meeting Room A
  • Thursday May 13: Preserving Your Family History — A Practical Overview presented by Curt Witcher (Part One: Basic Information to Preserve, Conserve, and Store Family Heirlooms & Documents; Part Two: Writing & Recording Your Family Stories) 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Globe Room
  • Friday May 14: Basics of Scanning presented by Kay Spears, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Globe Room
  • Saturday May 15: Searching Ancestry.com, presented by Delia Bourne 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Meeting Room A

Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register.


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