Tour, Tour, Tour

April 17, 2010

Are you interested in learning what is available at the Genealogy Center? Would you like to have someone explain how the Genealogy Center is organized or how to access material? Join us for a tour and get an insider’s view of the Genealogy Center on Sunday, April 25, from 1:00-2:00.

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


Celebrate Preservation Week!

April 15, 2010

Come to the library in May to celebrate the American Library Association’s Preservation Week. The Genealogy Center will offer a variety of programs on gathering, organizing and preserving family records, photos and memorabilia. Find other ideas at the Preservation Week website. Events include:

Monday May 10, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Globe Room
Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop
Kay Spears
(Basic computer knowledge helpful)

Tuesday May 11, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Globe Room
Preservation Tips & Tools
Rebecca Schipper

Wednesday May 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Meeting Room A
Organizing Information: Hard Copies, Computer Files, Pictures, etc.
Dawne Slater-Putt
(Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana monthly meeting; visitors welcome)

Thursday May 13, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Globe Room
Preserving Your Family History–A Practical Overview
Curt Witcher
Part One: Basic Information to Preserve, Conserve, and Store Family Heirlooms & Documents
Part Two: Writing & Recording Your Family Stories

Friday May 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Globe Room
Basics of Scanning
Kay Spears
(Basic computer knowledge helpful)

Saturday May 15, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Meeting Room A
Delia Bourne
(Part of Tree Talks)

For more information, visit our website, and register via email Genealogy@ACPL.Info or by calling 260 421 1225. Join us to learn about preserving your valuable family mementoes.

IGS Conference Wrap-Up

April 12, 2010

by Dawne

A celebratory air was evident this past Saturday as the Allen County Public Library hosted the Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference. Dick Eastman was the featured speaker and presented four well-received lectures on technological topics. In addition, Ron Darrah of Indianapolis and Melissa Shimkus, reference librarian for the Genealogy Center, spoke on immigration topics; Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center manager, gave a presentation on ACPL’s digital initiatives; and Kay Spears, also of the Genealogy Center, gave a real-time demonstration of Adobe Photoshop.

Friday, the library was the site of a pre-conference seminar featuring four sessions on preservation topics, from the personal level to the archives level. Many genealogists in town for Friday’s seminar, or arriving Friday night in anticipation of Saturday’s conference, took advantage of the Genealogy Center’s extended hours from 6 p.m. to midnight. It was every genealogist’s dream – to be locked in the Genealogy Center after closing!

IGS’s Society of Civil War Families of Indiana held its induction ceremony mid-day on Saturday. Three ladies who successfully proved their ancestry back to a soldier who served in an Indiana Civil War unit were welcomed into the society, and two members who had proved supplemental lines to soldiers also were recognized. The SCWFI ceremony was followed by the IGS annual meeting, including President Curt Witcher’s “state of the society” address, awards and door prizes. One lucky soul won a year’s subscription to!

Attendees summed up the experience in their evaluations: “Great day! The vendors exhibition was nice … a good variety. ACPL was a great location, too.” “Wonderful facility! Great programs!!” “Very informative sessions – Glad I came.”

As staff of the Genealogy Center, we echo their sentiments … it was a great day … the vendors had “good stuff” … the sessions were informative … and we are very glad everyone came!

Genealogy Center Tour Redux

April 7, 2010

Another tour of the Genealogy Center has been scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2010, 1 to 2 PM in the Genealogy Center. The interest in the Genealogy Center Tour on March 14th, part of March Madness Genealogy Style, was so high that we had to limit the number of participants, and had to turn away a number of people. So here’s your chance! Space is still limited, so call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info right away to register.

2010 Census

April 1, 2010

Today is the Day of the Census! No, it is not an April Fool’s joke. When you receive your Census form, all the questions asked are based on the status of your household today, April 1, 2010. The U.S. Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790 to ensure fair representation, taxation and fund allocation for our communities. As genealogists, the Census helps us determine the locality our ancestor lived, members of the household and their relationships, ages, marital status, birthplaces, immigration patterns, occupations, military service, and much more. When we receive our 2010 Census, we should take the time and complete our forms, so our future generations will be able to discover us on the 2010 Census.

IGS Seminar

March 30, 2010

by Dawne

It’s not too late to get your “early bird” registration in for the upcoming Indiana Genealogical Society annual seminar! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Allen County Public Library. IGS members pay only $30 in advance of the seminar and non-members pay $35. At the door, the fee will be $40.

The two-track seminar program, “Charting Our Course,” is a bargain at any price. The featured speaker is Dick Eastman, nationally known genealogy-technology guru, who will present four one-hour sessions:

• Genealogy Searches on Google
• Blogging for Genealogists
• Conservation: Keeping up with Technology
• Grandpa in Your Pocket: Portable Gadgets for Genealogists

The second track of the program will showcase two lectures on immigration records, as well as a session on two digital initiatives of the Allen County Public Library, Our Military Heritage and WeRelate, and a presentation on the popular topic Photo Restoration Using Photoshop. These sessions will be presented by knowledgeable speakers Ron Darrah of Indianapolis, and the Genealogy Center’s Melissa Shimkus, Curt Witcher and Kay Spears.

Conference attendees can take advantage of Extended Hours in ACPL’s Genealogy Center the evening before the seminar, Friday, April 9. The Genealogy Center will remain open that evening (for conference attendees only!) from the library’s regular closing time of 6 p.m. until midnight.

In addition, a pre-conference program on Friday, April 9, at the library will feature four sessions on preservation – at the personal level, at the local society level, at the county level, and at the archive level. Pre-registration for these sessions is FREE! to anyone who belongs to one of IGS’s chapters, and only $5 for anyone else! Admission will be $7 the day of the event.

More information, the link for online seminar registration, and printable registration forms are at the IGS website.

Genealogy Center Tour

March 10, 2010

Registration filled quickly for the Genealogy Center Tour during our March Madness event! If you were not able to secure a spot and are interested in a tour, please contact the Genealogy Center. We are planning to offer another tour in the near future and will notify you when the date has been set.

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