Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 12, February 28, 2005
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 12, February 28, 2005

In this issue:
*Things are Growing!
*Ask a Librarian
*North of the Border: the St. Albans Lists
*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

Things are Growing!
By Curt B. Witcher

With the advent of March, and eventually spring with its warmer
weather, I wanted to give you an update on some "growth" activities. 
First, we are all pleased that another local entrepreneur has decided to
re-open the library's coffee and snack shop of the first floor of our
current facility.  Called, "Coffee and Cream," this new business offers
a very nice selection of hot and cold beverages, several great
sandwiches, and a number of other delightful snacks.  The "Coffee and
Cream" offerings include a daily special, with everything being very
reasonably priced.  So the next time you're planning a research trip to
Fort Wayne (and we hope it will be soon . . . and often!), remember that
you don't even have to leave the building to get a bite to eat or a
little refreshment!  The hours for "Coffee and Cream" are Monday through
Thursday, 9A to 6:30P, Friday & Saturday 9A to 5P, and Sundays 1P to

Recently, the microtext staff finished processing more than four
thousand new rolls of city directory microfilm.  These city directories
cover more than two hundred cities from the 1936 time-period to 1960. 
For those who are searching new lines in the mid-twentieth century and
for those who are going back to pick-up collateral lines, these
resources can be a boon.  It is good to remember that besides looking up
individuals' names, city directories can be useful in determining what
churches, businesses, schools, and cultural organizations existed in a
particular area during a specific time period.  Knowledge of such
entities can lead one to look for their records and evidence of an
ancestor or two.  

Six more computers, configured to be "catalog only" terminals, have
been added to the department's complement of technology available for
researchers.  During times when the department is very busy, it used to
be next to impossible to look-up a family name, geographic location, or
even the title of a book or journal in the online catalog.  Now six
computers are devoted just to that function.  While the book stacks are
open and one can browse through sections of interest, it is often a
great idea to also check the online catalog to ensure one has found
everything.  Many family histories contain important information on a
number of families, not just the one the book is cataloged under.  One
will only "extra" families by looking in the catalog.  In a similar
manner, some important works about veterans serving from a particular
state will be found in the various military sections by war
(Revolutionary War, War of 1812, etc.) rather than under that state
number.  Word to wise--browse and use the catalog!

I am pleased to announce that during the month of February, the 1841
through 1900 Fort Wayne area obituaries were added to the website.  Now one can search through one
hundred and sixty-three years of Fort Wayne and Allen County obituaries
in one place on the Internet.  The rest of the site, already valuable
for anyone doing Allen County, Indiana research, continues to grow--both
in Allen County materials, cemetery records from Maryland and Virginia,
and in military diaries and memoirs.  Make sure you stop back at least
once a month and see what has been added. 

Ask a Librarian
By Ryan Taylor

ACPL has begun a new program which invites you to ask reference
questions via e-mail. Electronic reference service has become the new
wave in library work. While you can ask us questions on any topic, this
service will be of special interest to genealogists.
Write to us at genealogy [at], or go to our website
( and click on 'Ask a Librarian' where you will
find a form to use.
You will receive a reply within 48 hours. It may simply be an
acknowledgement, with the message that we're working on it, but you'll
know we have your question.
What sort of questions are suitable? Bibliographic or other
short-answer questions, questions which begin 'what is a...' or 'how to
I find....'
We cannot do your research for you--if we had time to do research, we'd
probably be working on our own families! But if you'd like help
determining what to do next, or where to find a resource that will help
you, then Ask a Librarian is the place to go. We may find an answer
here, or we may very well refer you to resources at another library or
archives, where they have records which will help you better. The ACPL
genealogy collection is large, but no library is complete. With
electronic access, library resources across the country are open to
When the questions reach us, they are passed to one of our specialist
reference librarians. Among them, the ACPL genealogical reference
librarians have more than a century of experience answering your
queries. Each has an area of particular interest and expertise. They are
also familiar with the quieter corners of ACPL's collection-books or
microfilm which you may never have heard of, but the librarians make a
point of knowing. Information about your ancestors may be lurking in one
of these obscure resources.
This service will help residents of Allen County who would like to ask
a question without coming into the library, but it is available to
genealogists everywhere. If your own local public library has difficulty
answering specialized questions, perhaps the Historical Genealogy Dept.
can become your 'local public library', at least for family history
questions. We'll be glad to help, whether you live in Indiana, Spokane
or Beaufort County.
If you want, you can ask ACPL non-genealogical questions, too. Just go
to the website and use the general form or write to ask [at] Our
staff are waiting to hear from you!

North of the Border: The St. Albans Lists
By Timothy Dougherty

The St. Albans lists are a valuable source for those with immigrant
ancestors who traversed the Canadian/U.S. border between 1895 and 1954.
Two National Archives publications contain the Manifests of Passengers
Arriving in the St. Albans, VT District through Canadian Pacific and
Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954 (M1464), and Manifests of Passengers Arriving
in the St. Albans, VT District through Canadian Pacific Ports, 1929-1949
(M1465). The titles are something of a misnomer, as immigrant crossings
all along the international border are included. Before October 1, 1906,
the records include only immigrants born outside Canada.

Two separate Soundex indexes for these lists cover 1895-1924 (M1461)
and 1924-1952 (M1463) respectively. After June 1917, the index usually
excludes passage west of the North Dakota/Montana border, and after July
1, 1927 the index generally excludes arrivals west of Lake Ontario.
Therefore, the index is only complete between 1895 and June 1917. The
index cards are informative, but a researcher should, of course, consult
the actual manifest.

The manifests are arranged by year, then month, then alphabetically by
port of entry. They resemble ship passenger manifests and include age,
place of birth, ethnicity, and brief physical descriptions, such as
height and hair color. They list occupation, last permanent address and
final destination, whether or not the person had previously been in the
U.S., and for how long. When applicable, the seaport of landing in
Canada is noted, along with other useful information.

In working from index to manifest, there are caveats to note. Dates in
the index will not match the date on the manifest. Index dates are date
of admission to U.S. The manifests reflect the dates the lists were
compiled. If an index entry lists a date late in the month, the
immigrant will likely appear on the next month's manifest. Secondly, if
an indexed name does not appear with the rest of the family, it may
appear in the lower margin of the manifest, as names were frequently
recorded there.

I knew that my own grandmother, a native of North Dakota, had resided
in Alberta for a time, and that her father had been born in Canada, but
not much more. Using the St. Albans lists, I discovered that my
great-grandfather traveled from Vegreville, Alberta to Duluth, Minnesota
in December of 1919, and that the remainder of the family followed two
months later. The family had been in Canada over eleven years. I learned
that my great-grandfather was born in Uxbridge, Ontario, and my
great-grandmother in Perham, Minnesota. These previously unknown details
helped me clear stumbling blocks in my research. Perhaps the St. Albans
lists can do the same for you.

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

Best Inns of America Inc
3017 W Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 483-0091

This large hotel (105 rooms) offers deluxe continental breakfast and
free coffee in the lobby at all times, HBO, Seniors First discount, fax
and late checkout (1 p.m.). They are located at Coliseum and Goshen Road
(from I-69 south at exit 109A). For those with allergies, they feature
Evergreen Rooms, which have filtered air and water for guaranteed
health. Rates hover around $40.

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

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
March 9, 2005   6:30 P.M. Refreshments  7:00 P.M. Program
Aboite Branch of the Allen County Public Library, 5630 Coventry Lane.
Program: John Martin Smith. "Black Legs, Regulators and the Hanging of

Gregory McDougall: was your ancestor a regulator or a black leg?"

Computer Users Group
Wednesday, March 16, 2004 at 7 pm.  Aboite Library, 5630 Coventry Lane,
Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1310

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogical Society
Monday, March 14, 2005 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Willennar Genealogy Center, 603 S. Jackson Street, Auburn,
Research night: time will be spent helping others or doing research on
your own. 
Please note change in time and venue.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
First Wednesday of each month in the Genealogy Department 9am - 3pm.
Expert help from members of the DAR in becoming a member of that


Curt Witcher
March 19        Bluffton, IN : Bluffton-Wells County Public Library for
                        Blackford Wells Genealogy Society
April 30        Kalamazoo, MI:  Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society
May 1           Celina, OH: Mercer County Chapter, OGS, 25th Anniversary

Elaine Kuhn
March 2 Huntington, IN: Huntington Genealogical Society
April 16        Akron, OH: Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference
May 28          Windsor, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar

Steve Myers
March 19        Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, Irish
Research Seminar

Ryan Taylor
March 19        South Bend, IN: South Bend Area Genealogical Society
April 13        Fort Wayne, IN: Allen County Genealogical Society of
May 26  Windsor, ON: A British Day (Ontario Genealogical Society pre-
May 26  Windsor, ON: Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional
                        (Ontario Genealogical Society pre-conference)
May 26  Windsor, ON: Ontario Library Association (Ontario Genealogical
May 27-29       Windsor, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar 

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

To get directions from your exact location to 200 E. Berry, Fort Wayne,
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 will
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 into
downtown.  Turn right on Barr Street.   Turn left on Berry Street.  The
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 free
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 hourly
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 department
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 you
a research center form.  Our telephone number is 260-421-1225.  If you'd
like to email a general information question about the department,
please email: CWitcher [at]  For general genealogical
queries, email genealogy [at]

Publishing Note:  This electronic newsletter is published by the Allen
County Public Library's Historical Genealogy Department, and is intended
to enlighten readers about genealogical research methods as well as
inform them about the vast resources of the Allen County Public Library.
 We welcome the wide distribution of this newsletter and encourage
readers to forward it to their friends and societies.  All precautions
have been made to avoid errors.  However, the publisher does not assume
any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors or
omissions, no matter the cause.  If you do not want to receive this
e-zine, please send an email to kspears [at] with "unsubscribe
e-zine" in the subject line.

Ryan Taylor, editor

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