Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No 13
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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 13:20:37 -0800 (PST)
Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 13, March 31, 2005

In this issue:
*A New Year, A New Program and A New Book!
*Library Acquires an Anthony Wayne Family Bible
*Georgia Land Lottery Indexes
*Genealogy Email Tips
*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

A New Year, A New Program and A New Book!
by Curt Witcher
With this issue, we start our second year of publishing "Genealogy
Gems."  I hope the monthly e-zine has provided you with many benefits
for your genealogical research and a much better idea of the depth and
scope of our collection here in Fort Wayne.  Look for even more
information in the coming months about useful new collections and some
"new extras" in this coming year's editions.  

On April 20th and 21st, the Allen County Public Library is sponsoring a
seminar on British Isles Research that you simply cannot afford to miss.
 Paul Blake and Maggie Loughran of the Federation of Family History
Societies in England will be in Fort Wayne to present an introduction to
British research followed by an all-day workshop.  This British Seminar
will be packed with useful methodology tips, and the best sources of
historical and genealogical information for researching in the British
Isles.  The details are listed in the following schedule of events.

British Seminar

Wednesday, April 20, 2005--Georgetown Branch Library--Main Meeting Room
[6600 East State Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46815]
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration 
7:00 p.m. Welcome by Curt Witcher & Introduction of Speakers
7:05 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Beginning Your British Research - Paul Blake &
Maggie Loughran

Thursday, April 21, 2005--Main Library--Meeting Rooms 244 and 317 [200
East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802]
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration and Welcome
[Choose one topic each hour.] 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
A. Sources for Emigrants to North America held in the British Isles -
Paul Blake
B. Basic British Family History Websites - Maggie Loughran
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Break 
11:00 a.m. - Noon 
A. Land Grants in America and American Loyalist Claims: Records Held in
the British Isles- Paul Blake
B. Early British Population Listings - Maggie Loughran
Noon - 1:30 p.m. 
Lunch on Your Own [A map of restaurants within a short walking distance
of the library will be available.]
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
A. Discovering the Scottish Presbyterian Forebears of the Scots Irish -
Paul Blake
B. How British Family and Local History Societies Can Help You with
Your Research - Maggie Loughran
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Break
3:00 p.m.
Q & A Session on British Research - Panel
Paul Blake, Maggie Loughran, Ryan Taylor, & Steve Myers

Don't miss this excellent educational opportunity!  The seminar is
free-however, pre-registration is required.  Email <Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info>
or call (260) 421-1225 to register.  Do it today while it's fresh in
your mind! 

As the following book relates to Indiana and is a very fine
compilation, I would like to bring to your attention a very new and very
worthwhile publication by Dennis Northcott entitled, "Indiana Civil War
Veterans: Transcription of the  Death Rolls of the Department of
Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic,  1882-1948."  This work contains
records of more than 22,000 members of the Grand Army of the
Republic-the GAR being the largest association of Civil War Union
veterans.  In addition to each GAR member's name, one will also find
rank, company, regiment or ship, name and location of the GAR post
(i.e., local chapter) to which he belonged, and date of death. 
Additional appendices provide supplemental data including biographies of
some of the more prominent veterans.  An order form and further details
are available at <>.  

Library Acquires an Anthony Wayne Family Bible
by John D. Beatty
The Allen County Public Library has added an artifact of historical and
genealogical significance to its collection with its recent acquisition
of the Anthony and Mary (Penrose) Wayne Family Bible. General Anthony
Wayne (1745-1796) was a staff officer of George Washington during the
Revolutionary War and later took charge of the American army in the
1790s.  His military victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers helped to
establish American control of the Old Northwest Territory.  The artifact
complements a manuscript letter of General Wayne, which the library
acquired in 1994.

Published in 1788, the Wayne family bible was presented by Wayne's wife
Mary to their son Isaac Wayne, a Philadelphia attorney, probably soon
after the book was published and contains what appears to be her
inscription to him.  Perhaps it was Isaac Wayne who carefully recorded
the deaths of both of his parents on the bible's flyleaves, as well as
his own marriage and the births and deaths of his children.  Later, the
bible passed to Isaac's niece, Mary Wayne (Atlee) Evans, daughter of
William Richardson Atlee and Margaretta Wayne, and wife of Issachar
Evans, who continued the tradition of recording family events in its

More than sixty years of family information is recorded, and the result
is a virtual manuscript genealogy of vital events, representing possibly
the most significant primary source for the study of Anthony Wayne's
descendants. A variety of genealogical documents accompany the bible,
including two fragments for the ancestors of Issachar Evans; pages from
the Robert and Margaret Towers Bible, published in London in 1756; and
pages from the bible of  Jonathan and Mary Gostilowe and Robert T. and
Eliza (Ridgway) Evans, published at Oxford, England in 1762. Among the
other documents is a typescript description of the Anthony Wayne
birthplace at Waynesborough, Pennsylvania. 

The Library plans to digitize these manuscripts and post them on its
website in the near future.
Georgia Land Lottery Indexes
By Delia Cothrun Bourne
No other state gave land away in quite the same manner as did Georgia
with her land lotteries. Over two decades, eight lotteries (1805, 1807,
1820, 1821, 1827, land and gold lotteries in 1832, and 1833) gave to
white settlers the lands owned by the Cherokee and Creek tribes.
Fulfilling residency requirements, varying from one to three years,
adult bachelors were entitled to one draw; men with a wife and/or child
got two; a widow with minor child, two; a minor orphan, or family of
orphans, one. Invalid or indigent Revolutionary veterans received an
extra two draws. Eligibility varied through the years, sometimes
including single women 21 and over, or indigent and disabled veterans of
other wars. A draw was a chance at land, not a guarantee. "Fortunate
drawers" in previous lotteries were not eligible for later lotteries.
Fees were charged primarily to support the bureaucracy of the system. 

Among the volumes ACPL owns on the lotteries are Robert Davis and Silas
Lucas's Georgia land lottery papers, 1805-1914 (975.8 D295ge), Martha
Lou Houston's Reprint of official register of land lottery of Georgia,
1827 (975.8 R29h), and James Smith's Cherokee land lottery (975.8 Sm6c).
The Davis-Lucas book consists primarily of abstracts of selected loose
papers from the Georgia Surveyor General's Department, with a map
showing areas of each lottery and a list of the counties formed by the
lotteries. The Smith book includes land and gold lotteries, with maps of
each district.

Silas Lucas also published several indexes, including Second or 1807
land lottery of Georgia (975.8 Se2), Third and fourth or 1820 and 1821
land lotteries of Georgia (975.8 G2964t), and 1832 gold lottery of
Georgia (975.8 L96e). These volumes list grantee, militia district, lot
number, district number and county where the lot is located.

Virginia and Ralph Wood's 1805 Georgia land lottery (975.8 W85e) lists
all registrants, not just the fortunate drawers, name, serial number,
indication of prize or blank (those who were not "fortunate drawers"),
and county of residence. Lottery Grants to Revolutionary Veterans by
Alex Hitz  (975.8 G296a) lists veterans in the third, fifth and sixth
lotteries by name, with county of residence, lottery year, land lot
number, district number, sometimes section number, and county.
Alphabetical index to Georgia's 1832 gold lottery by Mary Bondurant
Warren (975.8 W25a) includes some fraudulent drawers.

Those seeking early settlers in Georgia should make a point to try
these volumes.


Sending Genealogy E-mails: The following advice was offered by the
listmaster of a very busy RootsWeb mailing list. It's worth taking to

In order to increase the chances that queries will be noticed by
subscribers who may have answers, let me urge posters to use informative
subject lines, and to give any relevant surnames in CAPITAL LETTERS,
both in the subject line, and in the body of the message. (This is not a
rule, but is common advice in most genealogy mailing lists.)

...Typically I do not have time to open any messages that do not have
subject lines which indicate that the message contents may be of
relevance to me. I'm sure I am not alone in this regard.

Here is a list of ill-chosen subject lines from very recent messages,
all uninformative:
Can anyone advise me how to Proceed?
Surname interests
Baptism Look up Reguest Pls.
A question Can anyone answer?
Eunice NZ
Request from NZ
- Brian Randell, listmaster of Devon-L

Surely the first step in getting help through a mailing list is having
the listers open your messages!

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

AmericInn of Fort Wayne, IN 
2902 East Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825
phone 260 490 7950
fax 260 490 8741

The hotel features continental breakfast, guest laundry and indoor
pool. Parking includes room for oversize vehicles. Standard room
amenities in this 78 room hotel include 27" televisions with cable and
movie channels, free local calls and coffeemaker. Some rooms also
include an iron, microwave, recliner, refrigerator, and sofa sleeper and
are special access equipped. There are also two-room suites. Copying and
fax available, and an internet access station for guest use. An ACPL
staff member who stayed there paid $60 a night and suggests the hotel
might suit our researchers.
Allen County Public Library
3rd floor atrium display area
Passages: Immigration

Wednesday, April 13, 2005   6:30 p.m. Refreshments   7:00 p.m. Program

Dupont Branch of the Allen County Public Library, 536 E. Dupont Road,
Fort Wayne, IN. 260-421-1315
Program: Ryan Taylor. English Research in Archives and the ups and
of using a hand-held computer in archival retrieval

Wednesday, April 20, 2004 at 7 p.m.  Aboite Branch of the Allen County
Public Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1310
Computer Users Group

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
April 30        Kalamazoo, MI:  Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society
May 1           Celina, OH: Mercer County Chapter, OGS, 25th Anniversary
June 15 Anderson, IN: "Researching Native American Ancestry,"
Anderson Public 

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

Ryan Taylor
April 10        Fort Wayne, IN: Indiana Jewish Federation
April 11                Auburn, IN: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogical
April 13        Fort Wayne, IN: Allen County Genealogical Society of
May 26          Windsor, ON: A British Day (Ontario Genealogical Society
May 26          Windsor, ON: Ontario Chapter, Association of
Professional Genealogists
                        (Ontario Genealogical Society pre-conference)
May 26          Windsor, ON: Ontario Library Association (Ontario
Genealogical Society 
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: Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.  Look for a general genealogy query
email address coming soon.  

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.  

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