Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 24, February 28, 2006
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 24, February 28, 2006

In this issue:
*Preparing for Spring
*The "Great Migration" Series
*Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906
*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

Preparing for Spring
by Curt B. Witcher
The waning hours of February leave many with great anticipation about
the arrival of spring.  And for many genealogists, the advent of
spring is the time we get serious about executing our genealogical
research plans for the year--especially as those plans relate to
research trips, seminars, and conferences.  It's always a great time
to make a trip to the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen
County Public Library!  Our collections have not been hibernating
during the winter months, but rather they have experienced some
exciting growth to provide you with even more record possibilities. 
Even as you begin to make your plans to attend the National
Genealogical Society conference in Chicago, IL June 7-10, 2006, take a
couple of extra days and treat yourself to a wonderful genealogical
research experience in Fort Wayne!

Black History Month may be drawing to a close, but that is certainly
no reason to put away any African American genealogical research you
may have been doing.  Through the work of a dedicated volunteer,
Margery Graham, abstracts of African Americans listed in the 1840 and
1900 censuses of Allen County, Indiana have been added to the website.  In the next few weeks, more
abstracts of African Americans from century-old Fort Wayne city
directories will be added to the site as well.

Society volunteers also have contributed other data to the website.  Margery has provided burial
abstracts for four more Allen County churches.  That brings to
fourteen the number of churches for which she has made important death
information available for time periods that pre-date mandated civil
death registration.  Don Weber contributed another important newspaper
abstract containing Allen County, IN pensioners in 1883.  All these
data files are just waiting for you to explore!

The "Great Migration" Series
by John D. Beatty
The "Great Migration" series under the editorship of Robert Charles
Anderson represents one of the most ambitious genealogical projects of
its type ever attempted. The goal of the book series, first published
in 1999 and still ongoing, is summed up succinctly in its preface: "to
provide a concise, reliable summary of past research on the early
immigrants to New England, which will reduce the amount of time which
must be spent in discovering this past work, and will therefore serve
as the foundation for further research."

Through the sponsorship of the New England Historic Genealogical
Society, Anderson has set out to catalog and document as fully as
possible every immigrant to New England from 1620 to 1640 – a time
period when the largest wave of immigration occurred – while making a
thorough survey of published literature and also conducting original
research in primary sources. He succeeds admirably in his quest,
creating a work with a high degree of accuracy and academic

The first series, "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New
England 1620-1633," covers its subject in three volumes.  The second
series, "The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635," is
still unfolding and includes four volumes to date through the letter
L. Each volume contains biographical sketches of immigrants, arranged
alphabetically. If the place of origin and parentage of a subject is
known, it will be given, but ancestry is not included beyond a
citation of what has been published. The children of each immigrant
will be listed to the extent they are known, but they are not traced
to their deaths, and their descendants are not given. Major dates and
facts of the immigrant's life are cited, but if the immigrant was a
land speculator, not every deed will be listed. Extensive
bibliographic citations make these volumes particularly valuable for
doing further research.

A companion to the series is "The Great Migration Newsletter," first
published in 1990, in which Anderson and fellow compilers George F.
and Melinde Lutz Sanborn discuss the process of researching these
immigrants, evaluating evidence, and solving research problems. They
are instructive for anyone doing New England research.

Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906
Microfilm Publication M1299
by Timothy Dougherty
Naturalization records have long remained a challenging or often
overlooked source for many genealogists. However, these records are a
great asset in research. One example amongst several of this variety
to be encountered in the Genealogy Department is an index to New
England naturalization petitions, occurring between 1791 and September
26, 1906.

This collection, in actuality, is an index to photocopies, or
"dexigraphs," of documents filed in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the time period mentioned
in the preceding paragraph. Connecticut and Rhode Island are each
indexed separately. The other four states are grouped together. Within
each state or state cluster, the soundex system is employed as a means
of indexing. These records are made up of naturalization proceedings
in local, county, state and federal courts.

A typical index card includes the following categories: name, address,
certificate or volume and page number, title and location of court,
country of birth or allegiance, birth date or age, date and port of
arrival in U.S., date of naturalization, and names of witnesses. Not
every category is filled out on every index card.

The copies of the records themselves are maintained in the National
Archives Northeast Region Branch (Boston). These are usually one to
two pages long and include more detailed information. The collection
concerns the petitions only, and is not necessarily an indication that
the person was ever naturalized.  Petitions may have never been
followed up on, or denied for any number of reasons. Once established,
citizenship could also have been renounced or revoked.  In most cases,
the declarations of intention were not filmed with the petitions, but
the original declaration papers may still exist in the original court.

The Historical Genealogy Department also houses two similar National
Archives naturalization index collections originally compiled by the
WPA at the same time. These are: M1674, Index (Soundex) to
Naturalization Petitions Filed in Federal, State and Local Courts in
New York, New York, Including New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond
Counties, 1792-1906, and M1285, Soundex Index to Naturalization
Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern
District of Illinois, and Immigration and Naturalization Service
District 9, 1840-1950. The latter includes the Chicago-land area and
various counties from northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, eastern
Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa.

Additionally, the department carries various other naturalization records.

Preservation Tip of the Month
by Becky Schipper
ACPL's Preservation Technician Becky Schipper offers advice on
conserving your documents:

Before the mid 19th century, printing inks were often made of carbon,
natural pigments, varnish and linseed oil.  These inks are very
resistant to light, air and humidity.  Most modern printing inks are
long lasting but will deteriorate over time if exposed to adverse
environmental conditions.

Typewriter, Laser Printer and Copy Machine inks are moderately
resistant to light, air and humidity.  All important documents should
be stored out of direct light and with as close to 45 - 50% relative
humidity as possible.

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

Hilton Garden Inn
8615 Highway 24 West
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Phone: 260-435-1777
Toll free reservations: 1-877-STAY HGI (1-877-782-9444)
Fax 1-260-435-1778

Located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne at US 24 and I-69, the
Hilton Garden Inn is a modern facility with indoor pool,
cooked-to-order breakfast, and fitness center.  Every room is equipped
with a coffee-maker, microwave, refrigerator, and data port. Although
it does not offer a restaurant of its own, the 15-minute drive into
and from downtown Fort Wayne passes many fine local eateries such as
Casa Ristorante, national chains including Logan's and Smoky Bones,
and the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. The Inn also houses the
Pavilion Pantry, a 24-hour convenience store. Rooms start at $89, and
suites at $99.

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) Meeting
March 8, Aboite Branch ACPL:  Curator Roger Myers will speak about the
Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum
Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7:00. Questions: contact Marge
Graham, 260 672-2585 or gramar57 [at]

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) Computer Users Group
Wednesday, March 15:  7 PM at Shawnee Branch ACPL

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 organization.

Curt Witcher:

March 9th
"Workshop on Technology for Family History and Genealogical Research"
sponsored by the Computer Science Department of Brigham Young
University in Provo, UT.  Luncheon presentation, "The Computer Needs
of Practicing Genealogists," as well as panel participant.

March 10th and 11th
"Computerized Genealogy Conference" sponsored by BYU.  Topics are:
Friday, March 10, 8:30A--The Future of the Past
Friday, March 10, 11A--Online Sites for Revolutionary War Data and Research
Friday, March 10, 2:30P--Mega Internet Sites for Genealogists
Saturday, March 11, 8:30A--Getting More from the Internet for Your Genealogy
Saturday, March 11, 1:15P--PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) Online

March 25th, Delaware County Historical Society "Ancestorquest" program
in Muncie, IN
10:30A--Native American Research
2:30P--Allen County Public Library Resources

April 24th, South Bend Area Genealogical Society, South Bend, IN,
7P--New Collections and New Facilities for Genealogy in Fort Wayne.

April 28th, Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Toledo, OH,
4P--Exploring the Crossroads of the Nation:  Indiana Records &

Ryan Taylor:

April 7, Ottawa, Ontario--All-day workshop on English parish registers
and online census, sponsored by British Isles Family History Society
of Greater Ottawa, and Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

April 8, Ottawa, Ontario--British Isles Family History Society of
Greater Ottawa. "Family History in the Newspaper."

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

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/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 of the lot.
Available for short-term library parking.  Limited to one hour.
There are handicapped parking spots near the door.

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.

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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