Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 9, November 30, 2004
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 9, November 30, 2004

In this issue:

*Giving Gifts That Count . . . and Keep Giving
*Confederate Pension Applications part 2
*Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union
*Submissions now being accepted for new Allen County History book
*Hotel of the month
*Area Calendar of Events
*ACPL Librarians on Tour
*Driving directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

Giving Gifts That Count . . . and Keep Giving
Curt B. Witcher

Well . . . it's that time again!  The holiday season is upon us!  And
if your Thanksgiving weekend was remotely similar to mine, the turkey
was scarcely thawed let alone cooked and carved before you were
inundated with the seasonal commercials encouraging all to "buy, Buy,
BUY!"  Indeed, many subscribe to the notion that "buy" must come before
"give."  And after all, this is the season of giving, right?

I have an alternative posture for you to consider.  As you and I have a
profound appreciation for our families' heritages, most individuals also
have a keen interest in knowing more about their families' histories and
in particular about those parts of the past that relate directly to
them--that directly touch their lives.  Hence, instead of buying a gift
for family this holiday season, consider making a gift.  

Take those few (or few dozen!) old family photographs and scan them on
to a CD-ROM disk and give a gift of history and heritage to your family
members.  What about including scanned images of early marriage and
christening records, or maybe even school papers, newspaper clippings,
and military records with those photographs?  How about taking a few
moments, perhaps even up to an hour or so, and write down a special
early memory from your youth or younger years that your children and
grandchildren might find interesting.  It could be a recollection of
holiday times when you were growing up.  It could be your recollections
of your first job or your experiences in the military.  It could
literally be your first anything--from a first "A" in school or a first
date to a first crop ever harvested or the birth of a first child.  Your
memories, and the gift of your history, will definitely rank among the
most prized gifts of the holiday season.  You'll be amazed!

And if you'd still like to find a neat place to spend a little holiday
money, I suggest you consider contributing to the Historical Genealogy
Endowment Fund.  Like the gift suggestions above, it too is the gift
that keeps giving.  For more than forty years, the department has grown
into a national family history research center.  The materials
collected, preserved, and made available to researchers here in Fort
Wayne are truly exceptional.  To continue that tradition of excellence
well into the twenty-first century, a robust endowment will be
critically important.

There are several attractive aspects to endowment funds structured as
ours is structured.  First, the principal given--the original money
gift-- remains intact forever.  Only the interest generated from the
gift is spent.  So truly, a gift to the Historical Genealogy Endowment
Fund keeps on giving year after year.  Second, no gift is too small.  If
all the subscribers to this e-zine, for example, gave just one dollar,
more than ten thousand dollars would be generating interest to acquire
resources for future generations of users.  Finally, contributions to
library endowment funds are tax deductible.

Please know that the staff and volunteers of the Historical Genealogy
Department join the rest of the Allen County Public Library family in
wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Confederate Pension Application Sources Available in the Reynolds
Historical Genealogy Collection, Part 2
By Delia Cothrun Bourne

In 1885, Florida started granting pensions to Confederate veterans,
then in 1889, began to include widows. They are indexed in Virgil
White's Register of Florida CSA Pension Applications (973.74 F66W). The
citations in this index include application number, veteran's name,
regiment, wife's maiden name, date and county of application, and the
number of pages in the application. It has a separate index of maiden
names. One can also view the Florida Confederate pension applications
online at the Florida Department of State site at This site also
provides a list of the applications by number, and an index by the
veteran's surname or widow's maiden name.

The first Confederate pensions in Georgia were given in 1879, and
widows started receiving pensions in 1891. The Historical Genealogy
Department owns the pension applications as well as supplemental
applications on 498 rolls of microfilm, arranged by county with the
applicants in alphabetical order within each county. An every name index
to the applications exists on 39 rolls of microfilm, also owned by the
Historical Genealogy Department, which cites the veteran's name,
regiment and company on each card. Another index to these pension
records, in book form, is Virgil D. White's Index to Georgia Civil War
Confederate Pensions (GC 975.8 W5827IN). The index citation includes
name of veteran and/or widow, regiment and company. Since this index
also includes citations for witnesses to claims, it encompasses more
than just pensioners. The Department also owns an index to the
supplemental applications, Ted O. Brooke and Linda Woodward Geiger's
Index to Georgia's Confederate Pension Supplements (GC 975.8 B795IN).
The citations in this index include name of veteran or widow, county of
residence, and location of document (series and box numbers). Some
actual pensions are available for viewing online at

In 1912, the Kentucky State Legislature passed an act giving state
pensions to disabled and indigent Confederate soldiers and widows. The
original pension applications are housed at the Kentucky Department of
Libraries and Archives in Frankfort, and microfilm copies exist at the
Kentucky State Historical Society Library and Pogue Library at Murray
State College. It is Stephen Douglas Lynn's Confederate Pensioners of
Kentucky: Pension Applications of the Veterans & Widows 1912-1946 (GC
976.9 L993co) provides an index to these applications. The index lists
name, regiment and company, birth date and place, current county of
residence, and year of application. Widows' entries also include her
maiden name, date and place of birth, and date and place of death of the
veteran. This volume also includes a listing of pensioners by county of
residence, and one by state and regiment of service.

Louisiana began granting pensions to indigent Confederate veterans or
widows in 1898. The applications and an index are available on microfilm
at the Louisiana Division of Archives in Baton Rouge. The Historical
Genealogy Department owns this set on 152 rolls of microfilm. The
Louisiana State Archives has an index of these pension applications
available on their website at  

To be continued

Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union
[NARA Microfilm Publication M-594]
Timothy Dougherty

American Civil War researchers will not want to miss National Archives
Microfilm Publication M-594, Compiled Records Showing Service of
Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations.  This is an
often-untapped resource that may allow the researcher to better
understand an ancestor's experience in the American Civil War.

The series consists of  hand-written cards giving service histories of
units in volunteer Union organizations.  The records were compiled
beginning in 1890, with great attention given to accuracy.  It is
important to note that this series does not contain information on
individual soldiers.  Rather, it contains information on the "stations,
movements, or activities" of each unit. Often, content is included on
the unit's organization and composition, strengths, losses and
disbandment.  The material will also sometimes list names of commanding
officers, dates the units were mustered in and out, and the terms of
service.  To put it simply, these are brief unit histories, showing
where the units were and what they were doing.

The arrangement of the collection is simple. It is generally grouped
alphabetically by state or territory.  Within the state or territory, it
is further subdivided by unit type (cavalry, artillery, infantry, etc)
and then by unit number. Within the unit, records are grouped by
company.  At the conclusion of the state and territorial units are units
raised directly by the federal government: U.S. Colored Troops, U.S.
Volunteers, U.S. Reserve Corps and other organizations, each broken down
into its subdivisions. 

For example, if a researcher knows that an ancestor served with Co. B
of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, the corresponding reel reveals that the
unit was stationed in Washington from April 29th to July of 1861, and in
Camp Stone, MD from July through December of 1861.  In January and
February of 1862, it was at Harpers Ferry, and so on.  Looking on, the
researcher will discover that the unit was engaged in action at the
battles of Gettysburg, Petersburg and other places.  Though individual
soldiers are not listed or named, it may place an ancestor at a given
place or battle, depending on when he served with the unit.

This material augments other Civil War sources housed in the Historical
Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library.  It enhances
the Compiled Service Record indices and records by providing detail not
found therein.  It also supplements the Civil War Unit Histories series
on microfiche (dealt with in a previous article in this newsletter). 
The information found in this series is much more brief and less
detailed than the Unit Histories series, but it includes many units that
the Unit Histories set does not.  
In short, this collection is a rare treat for Civil War researchers. 


Do you have or are you an Allen County, Indiana family?  At this time
of year, treasured stories of family members, events, and family history
are common conversation.  Here is an opportunity to share those family
stories and become a part of history.

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Allen
County-Fort Wayne Historical Society have joined forces to compile and
publish a new Allen County History Book.  

The purpose in publishing the book is to preserve Allen County's unique
heritage through the participation of local residents, businesses,
churches, schools, clubs and organizations as well as individuals that
have Allen County ties.  There is no better time than the present to
preserve your family's Allen County history and to ensure that the
history of the county is not lost or forgotten over the years.  

Submitted biographies of families, businesses or organizations,
tributes and memorials for Allen county residents, both living and
deceased, will be gladly accepted.  In addition to the biographies, the
book will contain a definitive narrative history of Allen County
(including Fort Wayne).  

The Genealogical Society and the Historical Society want to include
your family biography in this very important book. They are currently
accepting biographies.  If you are living in Allen County, Indiana, or
have previously resided here, or had family reside here, please send a
double spaced typed biography of 500 words or less to: History Book
Project, PO Box 5192, Fort Wayne, IN 46895.  One photo (no larger than
8x10) may also be included at no charge.  Or, you may email your
submission to: info [at] The deadline for
submitting material is April 1, 2005.  Biographies or histories longer
than 500 words will be charged 15 cents for each extra word.  

For further information, and to see a sample of what your submission
will look like, visit the Allen County History Book website: 

Each issue we will feature a local hotel, for visitors from

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Fort Wayne-North
5926 Cross Creek Blvd., Fort Wayne 46818 
Reservations: (800) 456-4000
Telephone: (260) 490-6060 Fax: (260) 490-5050 

Room amenities include microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffeemaker
and free high speed internet in this newish hotel near exit 111B from
I-69. It is in an area with many other hotels and restaurants, not far
from the intersection of Washington Center and Lima roads. It is an easy
fifteen-minute drive from the library. You can start your day with
complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper, and end it with a
relaxing swim in the indoor pool. 

Allen County Public Library
3rd floor atrium displays
Passages: Immigration 
Department print and microtext resources

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) 
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Marie Goodrich: Researching at the National Archives in Washington,
Dupont Branch Library, 536 E. Dupont Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1315
6:30 pm social time, 7:00 pm program

Computer Users Group
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 7 pm.  
Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1310

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
First Wednesday of each month in the Genealogy Department 9am - 3pm.
200 E. Berry, Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1225
Expert help from members of the DAR in becoming a member of that


Curt Witcher
January 8, 2005: Bloomfield Hills, MI: Detroit Society for Genealogical
February 19, 2005: Madison, FL: Florida Genealogical Society
April 30, 2005:  Kalamazoo, MI:  Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society

Wondering how to get to the library?  Our exciting transition location
is 200 E. Berry, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We will be at this location
late 2006.  We would enjoy having you visit the Genealogy Department.

To get directions from your exact location to 200 E. Berry, Fort
Indiana, visit this link at MapQuest:

*From the South
Exit Interstate 69 at exit 102.  Drive east on Jefferson Blvd. into
downtown. Turn left on Barr Street to Berry Street.  The library is
located on the corner of Berry and Barr Streets.  

*From the North
Exit Interstate 69 at exit 112.  Drive south on Coldwater Road, which
merges into Clinton Street.  Continue south on Clinton, the library
be on your left when you cross Berry Street.  

*From the West
Using US 30: 
Drive into town on US 30.  US 30 turns into Goshen Road.  Coming up to
an angled street (State Street.) make an angled left turn.  Turn right
on Wells Street.  Go south on Wells to Wayne Street.  Left on Wayne
Street.  When you cross Clinton, the library will be on your left on
Wayne Street.  

Using US 24: 
After crossing under Interstate 69, follow the same directions as from
the South.

*From the East
Follow US 30 into and through New Haven, under an overpass into
downtown Fort Wayne.  You will be on Washington Blvd. when you get
downtown.  Turn right on Barr Street.   Turn left on Berry Street. 
library is on your left on Berry Street. 

Lot in front of the library, east side
Available for short-term library parking.  Limited to one hour.

Tippman Parking Garage
Clinton and Wayne Streets.  Across from the library, however the
skybridge is NOT accessible.  Hourly parking, $1.25 per hour up to a
maximum of $5.00 per day.

Park Place Lot
Covered parking on Barr Street at Main Street.  This lot is one block
away from the library.  Hourly parking Monday through Friday, 9am to

Street (metered) parking on Wayne Street and Berry Street.
On the street you plug the meters 8am - 5pm, weekdays only.  It is
to park on the street after 5pm and on the weekends.

Visitor center/Grand Wayne center
Covered parking at Washington and Clinton Streets. This is the Hilton
Hotel parking lot that also serves as a day parking garage.  For
parking, 7am - 11 pm, charges are .50 for the first 45 minutes, then
$1.00 per hour.  There is a flat $2.00 fee between 5pm and 11pm.

The Historical Genealogy Department hopes you find this newsletter
interesting.  Thank you for subscribing.  We cannot, however, answer
personal research emails written to the e-zine address.  The
houses a Research Center that makes photocopies and conducts research
for a fee.  

If you have a general question about our collection, or are interested
in the Research Center, please telephone the library and speak to a
librarian who will be glad to answer your general questions or send
a research center form.  Our telephone number is 260-421-1225.  If
like to email a general information question about the department,
please visit the "Ask a Genealogy Librarian" link at the library's web

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