October 13, 2010
The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library has launched a new website that provides easier access to the department’s online resources both for local residents and those accessing the site worldwide.
Some of the exciting features that can be accessed via the website include a number of free databases that The Genealogy Center has developed, including the African American Gateway, Family Bible Records and Our Military Heritage. The African American Gateway combines more than 1,000 links to Internet sites for African American research, coupled with bibliographic information on African American Sources in The Genealogy Center’s collection. The Family Bible Records site features digitized images of bible records that patrons have allowed the Center to scan and upload. These have been transcribed and are searchable. Our Military Heritage is a cornucopia of digitized images of military records and photographs from the Colonial era to the current war in Afghanistan. The Center also has an ever-growing collection of state-specific databases available free for patrons, with a heavy concentration of Allen County information.
Ask a Librarian is a popular feature of the Allen County Public Library’s website as a whole. Now patrons can ask a genealogy librarian their reference questions directly from The Genealogy Center’s website. The site also features direct links to the book and microtext catalogs and to the Center’s orientation video so that visitors from the local area and beyond can plan their research visits and make the most efficient use of their time once at the Center.
The Genealogy Center’s website is the launchpad to a number of other resources, including full-text books that have been digitized by Internet Archives, the Center’s Pathfinders to various areas of research, and the Community Album, a collection of historical photographs for the surrounding area.
The Genealogy Center offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year. The website is the place to find out all of the details about upcoming class opportunities. Additional Genealogy Center news is available through the Center’s blog, Facebook page and by subscribing to the department E-Zine, all accessed through convenient links from the new website.
August 19, 2010
Family History: Beyond the Basics, scheduled for Friday and Saturday September 17-18, 2010, is filled. We will be establishing a waiting list, so you can still send in your registration and we will notify you if space becomes available.
This mini-course will be offered again in the future. Watch Genealogy Special Programs to keep informed of this, and all of our courses, symposiums and classes.
February 10, 2010
If you don’t have school, don’t have to go to work, and don’t have to worry about picking up the mail on Monday February 15, remember that the Genealogy Center is open our regular 9A to 9P for your research pleasure, as is the whole ACPL system. If you live some distance, take advantage of our weekend hours (Saturday 9A to 6P and Sunday 12N to 5P) to make it a 3-day trip!
February 1, 2010
February is Black History Month and the Genealogy Center can be your “gateway” to many resources for African American genealogy research.
In conjunction with the International Black Genealogy Summit held here in October 2009, the Genealogy Center unveiled the African American Gateway, a collection of thousands of Internet links for African American research grouped by state, coupled with bibliographical notes for books and films in the Center’s collection.
Specific to the Hoosier state is Indiana’s African American Settlements, a database of more than 7,000 names of individuals who lived in the communities settled by free and formerly enslaved African Americans who moved north into Indiana in large numbers from the 1830s to the 1870s. Digital photos and record images are linked to some of these individuals.
Those with Allen County, Indiana, roots will want to check the African-American Resources available in the Ethnic Resources category on the Genealogy Center’s website. Included are extracts from birth, marriage and death records, the federal census, city directories and World War I draft registration cards.
All of these resources are updated regularly, so check back often for new material!
Several of the large subscription databases include African American research collections. For most of these, researchers must be in the Genealogy Center or at one of the Allen County Public Library’s branch locations to gain access. However, Footnote.com’s Black History area boasts “more than a million photographs and documents found nowhere else on the Internet,” and currently allows free access.
Resources that onsite visitors to the Genealogy Collection can access and some of their features include:
- Ancestry.com’s Celebrating African American Family History – family trees, slave narratives, information about U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, photographs, and the option of searching federal census schedules by limiting the race category to people of color.
- ProQuest’s African American Heritage – World War I and II draft registration cards, Freedman’s Bank records, the AfriGeneasTM Community social networking site, and the Black Genesis state-by-state resource guide.
- Heritage Quest Online – Another resource for Freedman’s Bank records.
Log on to the website or visit us onsite to celebrate Black History Month with the Genealogy Center!
January 14, 2010
Schools, post offices and other government entities may be closed on Monday, January 18, 2010, for Martin Luther King Day, but the Genealogy Center (and the entire Allen County Public Library System) is open for your researching pleasure. And with our Sunday hours (12 noon to 5 PM), out of town researchers, including students, teachers and others can make a long weekend of it.