Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 14, April 30, 2005
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 14, April 30, 2005

In this issue:
*Summer Time is a Great Time for Family History
*GRO Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2001
*British Record Society Publications
*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

Summer Time is a Great Time for Family History
by Curt B. Witcher
Summer time truly is a great time for engaging in family history
activities!  And summer is just around the corner!  The weather is warm
and pleasant, making travel easy and enjoyable.  And there are a number
of great conferences happening in the Hoosier state that you will
seriously want to consider attending.

The "Palatines to America: Celebrating Thirty Years of German-Speaking
Family History" conference will be held in Fort Wayne June 9th through
June 11th, 2005 at the downtown Hilton Hotel and newly remodeled and
expanded Grand Wayne Convention Center.  And those conference facilities
are just two blocks from the Historical Genealogy Department.  The
roster of speakers and twelve session topics are quite good, and cover a
significant range of subjects and skill levels.  What a wonderful
opportunity to hear great speakers, research in a great facility, enjoy
the great camaraderie of those doing similar research, and participate
in the city's German Fest celebrations.  For more information, visit
their website at: <>

One of the best genealogical conferences of the year will assuredly be
the "Midwest Roots 2005" conference scheduled for August 19th and 20th,
2005 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  There will be four lecture
tracks to choose from each day with such nationally known speakers as
Tony Burroughs, Amy Johnson Crow, Diane Gagel, John Humphrey, Elizabeth
Kelley Kerstens, Professor James H. Madison, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and
Martin Tuohy.  There are a number of excellent Thursday pre-conferences
including a workshop for librarians, a session on how to prepare your
family history for publication, and two computer labs--one for doing
better genealogical research on the Internet and the other for finding
Civil War ancestors online.  

There will be a large exhibit hall with an opportunity to explore new
publications and products from many different vendors.  The Indiana
State Library will offer extended hours for conference attendees. 
Indiana Genealogical Society and Indiana Historical Society members
receive a discount on conference registration.  For more information,
visit the conference website at: 
<> You really should consider
attending this very worthwhile happening in the "Crossroads of America."
 And plan a side-trip to Fort Wayne on either side--or both sides--of
the conference!

And if a conference doesn't fit your schedule or you'd rather focus
your time exclusively on your own family's history and research, it's
always a good time to plan a trip to the Historical Genealogy Department
of the library.  Make some summer plans today to advance your research
at our facility.  

A final note:  the FriendsOfAllenCounty website continued to grow this
month with the addition of two more years of Allen County Burial
Records, an early index to Allen County Poor Asylum Records for the
dates 1853 to 1939, and a special collection of African American
Resources gleaned from local records.  If you're doing Fort Wayne and
Allen County, Indiana research, it's well worth a look.

GRO Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2001
by Timothy Dougherty
In 2004, the Historical Genealogy Department acquired the General
Register Office (GRO) vital record indexes for England and Wales.  Civil
registration of births, marriages and deaths began on July 1, 1837. 
This collection indexes those events from that date through 2001.  This
is a premier collection for British research. 
>From 1837-1983, the index is arranged by year, and then by quarter
(March, June, September, and December).  Within the quarter, names have
been sorted into alphabetical order.  Events registered in January or
February will be listed in the March quarter, April and May will be
included in the June quarter and so on. 

It is important to remember that the dates involved are registration
dates, not necessarily the date of occurrence.  Events are often
registered well after they occur.  Births, for example, were often not
registered until six weeks after they occurred.  A December event,
therefore, is likely to appear in the March quarter for the following
year. If an event is not listed where it seemingly should be, subsequent
quarters should be examined.     

Events ranging from 1984 through 2001 are indexed alphabetically for
the entire year; there is no subdivision by quarter.
The details on the index will vary to a degree, depending on the nature
of the event. The birth index includes name of child, registration
district, and volume and page number of the complete record.  Beginning
with the September quarter of 1911, the mother's maiden name will also
be included.  The marriage index lists first name and surname of the
person married, the registration district, and the volume and page
number.  From the March 1912 quarter on, surname of spouse is included. 
Prior to this date, both surnames should be searched for a corresponding
match; if you do not know the bride's name, the only way to find it is
by obtaining the certificate.  The death index shows name, registration
district and the volume and page number.  Beginning with the June 1866
quarter, the age at death will also be recorded.  Additionally, date of
birth will be recorded in the death index entry beginning with the year
Instructions for obtaining copies of the actual documents can be found
on the General Register Office webpage,  There
are several options, including ordering by phone, internet, postal mail,
fax, or visitation.  Written correspondence should be addressed to:
General Register Office, P.O. Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, England, RP8
2JD.  It may be quicker to use a private search agent, and their prices
may also be lower. For listings of these search agents, consult the
British Family tree magazine or the Association of Genealogists and
Researchers in Archives' website at
Stop in and try to locate your British ancestors today.

British Record Society Publications
by Steven W. Myers
Some patrons may be surprised to learn that although our collection
focuses on North America, it also includes about 16,000 volumes of
British Isles local history. Among this number are substantial runs of
most major national and county record society publications for England,
Wales and Scotland. These printed series contain parish and family
histories as well as transcripts and indexes of a wide variety of early
records of interest to genealogists, including parish registers, wills,
tax lists, deeds, and heralds' visitations. Some sources, including feet
of fines and inquisitions post mortem, may even assist researchers
tracing medieval landed families.

Genealogists who know a place of origin for their 16th, 17th and early
18th century British immigrants can get a head start on searching the
relevant parish registers by using transcripts printed in the county
record society series. You will always, of course, want to examine the
original registers, many of which are available on microfilm through the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The printed transcripts,
however, provide a handy index as well as an independent interpretation
of handwriting that may be difficult to decipher in the original. Be
sure to read any introduction discussing gaps in coverage or the sources
from which the transcript was made.

One way to discover what's included in these series is to consult three
guides available in our collection, or in a large public or university
library near you. Texts and Calendars: An Analytical Guide to Serial
Publications by E. L. C. Mullins [call number 942.005 M917t] details
contents of hundreds of series produced by 87 English and Welsh
societies and government offices. The lengthy index provides access by
personal name, place name and subject. A supplemental volume by Mullins,
Texts and Calendars II: An Analytical Guide to Serial Publications
1957-1982 [call number 942.005 M917ta], covers series by 107 publishing
organizations. Both guides include publications of the Scottish Record
Office, but researchers with Scottish roots will want to consult a
companion volume by David and Wendy Stevenson. Scottish Texts and
Calendars: An Analytical Guide to Serial Publications [call number
016.941 St4s] details contents of publications by 43 Scottish societies
and universities, and includes an excellent index.

Once you have identified something of interest, consult our online
catalog at to see if we have the volumes you want. As
always, please call our reference desk at 260 421 1225 if you have

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


Many of our visitors drive RVs and there may even be adventurous souls
who want to sleep under the stars.

Auburn-Fort Wayne North KOA
5612 County Road 11A, Auburn
260 925 6747
Located on I-69 at exit 126, twenty miles north of Fort Wayne. It has
55 RV sites, plus cabins and tent sites. Amenities include showers, a
heated pool, laundry, store, games room. 

The Johnny Appleseed campground, which is the only one right in Fort
Wayne, is closed this year.

Allen County Public Library
3rd floor atrium display area
Passages: Immigration

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
May 11, 2005   6:30 P.M. Refreshments   7:00 P.M. Program 
Dupont Branch of the Allen County Public Library, 536 E. Dupont Road.
Program: Dena Williamson. "Framing Your Ancestors; preserving your
history through scrapbooking."

Computer Users Group
Wednesday, May 18 2004 at 7 pm.  Aboite Library, 5630 Coventry Lane,
Fort Wayne, IN 260-421-1310

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society
Monday May 9, 2005 6:00 Social Time   6:15 meeting
At the Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, Indiana
How to write your family history--by Roselyn and Amanda Wells
This is a "Hands On" workshop to write your family biography for the
new DeKalb County Family History Book.  Bring your information and we
will work together as a group to write your family history.

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
May 1           Celina, OH: Mercer County Chapter, OGS, 25th Anniversary

Elaine Kuhn
May 28          Windsor, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar

Ryan Taylor
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.

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.
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readers to forward it to their friends and societies.  All precautions
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Ryan Taylor, editor

Curt B. Witcher
Manager, Historical Genealogy Department
NE Director, Indiana Genealogical Society
Allen County Public Library
P. O. Box 2270, 200 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46801-2270
CWitcher [at]
Fax: 260-421-1386
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