Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 18, August 31, 2005
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Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library

No. 18, August 31, 2005**

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In this issue:

***In Memoriam and Lessons from the Storm 

*Emigrant Savings Bank Records, 1841-1945

*Using Online and Printed English Marriage Information

*Preservation Tip of the Month

*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


In Memoriam and Lessons from the Storm 

by Curt B. Witcher


In Memoriam 

 This past Monday evening, the genealogical community lost a very special 
person, Marie A. Goodrich. Both a teacher and a certified genealogist, Marie 
spent a significant part of her life helping others uncover the richness of 
history and heritage that only comes from a true zeal for learning. For the 
Historical Genealogy Department, she was truly a part of our family. From 
teaching Elderhostel classes and genealogy seminars to providing one-on-one 
assistance to beginners in the department; from maintaining the department's 
shelflist to reading shelves; from actively participating in nearly all of 
the department's outreach activities to fully participating in the vital 
work of the local Allen County Genealogical Society, Marie was a treasure. She 
will be greatly missed though we will benefit from her legacy for years to 

 While many who read this e-zine did not have the pleasure of knowing Marie, 
the lessons that Marie leaves for us as a part of her legacy are both simple 
and worthy of note. Those lessons would certainly include being active in 
support of your library and your genealogical society, exploring every 
opportunity to open the door of understanding for a fellow 
genealogist--making any effort to teach whenever and wherever you can. What 
are you doing to support and encourage learning and discovery for today's 
genealogists? Are you volunteering in your library's genealogy or local 
history room? Are you teaching a family history class for your local 
genealogical society? And have you done all you can to preserve your 
family's history for future generations of researchers? 

 Lessons from the Storm 

 The shock of hurricane Katrina is still not truly felt by most of us who 
have been riveted by the news coverage of that horrific natural disaster. 
For those in the immediate area, I am sure the shock of it all has 
registered--and will be a part of their lives for many, many weeks to come. 
At times like this, one often contemplates what is really important in life. 
Certainly we hold family members and dear friends even closer. 

 More than several times, as local residents were being interviewed for 
national newscasts, I heard individuals talk about how everything--literally 
everything--was lost in the storm. I couldn't help but think about all those 
who had collected their families' histories and stories in documents, 
photographs, heirlooms and research papers. I wonder if they had taken the 
time to share copies of their works and images of their heirlooms with 
family members so at least the data could be reconstructed--and the stories 
pieced together for children and grandchildren to tell and enjoy. 

 If you haven't done so already, take time yet this year to make copies of 
your family records and documents, and share them with relatives. Perhaps 
even place a copy or two of your work at major repositories, where you know 
the work will always be preserved and made accessible to both family members 
and other researchers. The Historical Genealogy Department welcomes the 
opportunity to provide you with a secure location for a copy of your family 
records and research. 

 Finally . . . 

 Look for a special edition of "Genealogy Gems" in mid-September announcing 
a full calendar of events for our annual Family History Month celebration in 
October. Some of the computer-based training events already scheduled for 
the Main Library's Training Room at 10 o'clock in the morning are included 

October 3rd--Effective Use of the ACPL Catalog

October 10th--Using <>

October 17th--Using

October 24th--Effective Use of the ACPL Catalog

October 31st--Using <>

 A couple of very nice educational programs already planned that require 
pre-registration include the following.

*October 4th--"Beginning Your Family History" at the Holiday Inn & Suites in 
downtown Fort Wayne at 10 o'clock in the morning. Pre-register with D. O. 
McComb & Sons Main Office at 426-9494.

*October 11th--"Preserving Your Family History Through Scrapbooking."
with the library's Audio-Visual Department at 421-1210.

 And don't forget the Allen County Genealogical Society's October program at 
7 in the evening on October 12th at the Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry 
Lane, which will feature John Martin Smith presenting "Black Legs, 
Regulators, and the Hanging of Gregory McDougall: Was Your Ancestor a Black 
Leg or Regulator?" 


Emigrant Savings Bank Records, 1841-1945

by Timothy Dougherty


The Emigrant Savings Bank was established in New York City by the Irish 
Emigrant Society, an organization dedicated to the welfare of Irish 
immigrants. The bank was opened in 1850 in the wake of the deluge of famine 
immigrants. It provided immigrants with a safe place to retain money and a 
means of sending funds home to destitute family. From its inception, the 
bank was closely connected to the Society, and its records are often rich in 
family detail. These records are available on microfilm in the Genealogy 

 The collection contains several record types, and time periods vary. Much 
of it is indexed. 

The Test Books, dating from late 1850, were originally utilized when a 
depositor desired to send money home, and for identity checks. Prior to the 
mid-1860s, these books often possess myriad details about the depositor and 
his or her family. Often included are: depositor's address, occupation, and 
names of a spouse and children. Other information may include arrival date 
in the U.S., name of ship on which the individual arrived, embarkation port 
in Ireland or Great Britain, port of entry in the U.S. or Canada, 
depositor's nativity and residence in Ireland and nearest big town, first 
names of parents and siblings, and father's occupation. 

 Other record types in the collection include: Deposit Account Ledgers, 
detailing basic transactions, such as deposits, withdrawals and balances. 
The Transfer, Signature and Test Books denote changes in the deposit 
accounts. The Bond and Mortgage Books contain date of approval, name of 
mortgagor, house number, size of the ground, building description, loan 
amount, attorney's name, and usually a drawing of the location on a block 
map. The Real Estate Loans Ledgers list the applicant's name, amount 
requested, location of ground and building, building material and number of 
floors. The collection also includes nine volumes of Minutes of the Board of 
Trustees of the Irish Emigrant Society which may disclose family 
information, as well.

 As an example of the wealth of detail this collection may provide, an 
examination of the index revealed a Mary Dougherty in 1852. The 
corresponding entry in the Test Books yielded a veritable treasure trove. 
Mary was residing on Hicks St., Sackett, Brooklyn and was native to Mt. 
Allen, two miles from Drumshanks, County Leitrim. After departing from 
Liverpool aboard the Agamemnon, she arrived in Quebec, Canada in August of 
1847. Her father was William and her mother, Mary Neary. She had five named 
brothers in Illinois, two named sisters in Ireland, and she was single. 


Using Online and Printed English Marriage Information

by Ryan Taylor


The Historical Genealogy Department's English collection includes many 
volumes of marriage listings. Some are published by Record Societies, but 
the most important is the private series compiled by William Phillimore in 
the 19th century.

 The useful thing about the Phillimore indexes is that if you have wandering 
ancestors, where the parish of marriage is not known, you can find the 
answer (or at least eliminate many parishes where the marriage did not take 

 But this information is all available online now, right? Not necessarily. 
The GENUKI site ( <>) which 
contains so much genealogical data, is the place to start, but there are 
also many private websites.

 These online sites index some years of some parishes; the printed books 
include other years of other parishes. They can complement one another. In 
addition, if you find something online, check to see if the same parish has 
been indexed in a printed source. Do the two indexes agree?

 Also, many of the county record societies in England, such as the one for 
Staffordshire, publish complete transcriptions with all the data included. 
The indexes often include the year of marriage only.

 Whichever you use, make sure you then go to the original manuscript records 
to see if the index is completely correct, and whether there is extra 
information in the entry. Many of the parish registers have been microfilmed 
and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. These can 
be borrowed through the Historical Genealogy Department for use here.

 The printed records, whether complete transcriptions or merely indexes, can 
be especially helpful when using early parish registers from the 16th and 
17th centuries. Many registers continued to be kept in Latin until it was 
forbidden in 1732. Medieval forms of handwriting changed gradually through 
the 17th century into the cursive hand we know today; those unfamiliar with 
the old forms may have trouble deciphering the records.

 The GENUKI pages include sections for every parish in England. Many of 
these have indexes for local history books, which may be in the ACPL 
collection. Even if they are not, we might be able to obtain them for you on 
interlibrary loan. Whenever you come across a new parish in your research, 
be careful to keep straight the county you are in; don't confuse Bampton in 
Oxfordshire with Bampton in Westmorland, for example. 




ACPL's Preservation Technician Becky Schipper offers advice on conserving 
your documents:

A good source for preservation and bookbinding supplies is
.* They also have a toll free number 1-800-448-6160.




Each issue we will feature a local hotel, for visitors from out-of-town.

 Updated information about the Johnny Appleseed Campground in Fort Wayne:

The campground is open from now until October 31st except for September 11 - 
20, when they are closed for the Johnny Appleseed Festival. For more info, 
contact Tony Acosta at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation 260-427-6008. The 
campground has a web site at ** .




Allen County Public Library

3rd floor atrium display area

Passages: Immigration

 Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)

Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7:00. Questions: contact Marge Graham, 260 
672-2585 or gramar57 [at]

Wednesday, 14 September, Aboite branch ACPL: Curt Witcher, Timeline and 
Treasures: Future Plans and Current Collections in the Genealogy Department. 
 Computer Users Group 

Wednesday 21 September: Aboite branch ACPL, 7:00.

 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

First Wednesday of each month in the Genealogy Department 9am – 7pm.

Expert help from members of the DAR in becoming a member of that 



Curt Witcher

7-10 September: Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Salt Lake 
City, UT

9 September: Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery

10 September: Using the Forgotten and Maligned: Key Government Documents for 
Genealogical Research

 14 September: Allen County Genealogical Society, Fort Wayne, IN, Timelines 
and Treasures: Future Plans and Current Collections in the Genealogy 

 22 October: Niles District Library, Niles, MI, Local History and Genealogy 

 Ryan Taylor

19 September: Steuben County Genealogical Society, Angola, IN

 8 October: Westfield Genealogical Group, Westfield, IN



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 

 From the East

Follow US 30/then 930 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 

 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 6pm.

 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.

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