Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 26, April 30, 2006
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 26, April 30, 2006

In this issue:
*Planning is the Key
*Indoctrinating the Frontier's Men with Religious Principles
*Arizona National Ranch Histories of Living Pioneer Stockman
*Historic Inscriptions on Western Emigrant Trails
*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

Planning is the Key
Curt B. Witcher
April is the harbinger of busier summer times--always an exciting
month of research, seminars, and conference activities.  And we do all
that while still trying to maintain a handle on all the regular daily
activities!  Add to that the topic-of-the-day for this month--the ever
rising gasoline prices with no end in sight, and the crimp those
prices are placing on individual and business budgets--and it's no
wonder there are days when we feel exhausted before noon!

For genealogists, rising gas prices cause so much consternation
because many of the activities we enjoy the most depend on us
traveling a bit:  attending family reunions, experiencing conferences
and seminars in areas where we are researching, making trips to local
courthouses and cemeteries, and of course traveling to our favorite
genealogical library or research center.  If you're like me, the
option of not traveling simply is not an option.  I believe the key to
surviving these times of high energy costs rests in good planning.

If you can't afford to do as many spur-of-the-moment trips, commit to
better plan the trips you can take.  Plot a course of travel when you
do take a genealogical trip (or even business trip!) that may take you
to several significant research spots.  Organize past research notes,
documents, and copies so you have a clearer idea of what your next
research steps are--knowing your next research steps should govern
your next actual steps.

We know that planning is the key to most successes in one's research. This is just taking planning one step further. If you're going west
to attend the National Genealogical Society Conference in Chicago on
June 7-10, it's a perfect time to make sure your road to the Windy
City goes through Fort Wayne. Plan a day or two before or after the
conference to research here at the library. That will save your
needing to take a separate research trip.

As gasoline prices consume larger parts of your personal budget,
perhaps looking for shorter, more compact genealogical events is an
option worth exploring. Cutting four hotel nights down to two will
provide the increased resources needed for fuel. There is such a
compact, action-filled conference being planned for later this year: "The Keystone to Your Heritage" in Pittsburgh on September 29 and 30. This conference should be an excellent venue for those interested in
Pennsylvania research as well as those simply looking to improve their
research skills. More information can be found at the following
website: <>

As you do your advance trip planning, share that information with
members of your local genealogical society and talk about it with
family members.  Who knows--you may have someone interested in
researching with you, and sharing the expenses.  We'll get through
these challenging times of high energy prices--just plan your work and
work your plan!

Indoctrinating the Frontier's Men with Religious Principles:
Missionary Society of Connecticut Papers, 1759-1948
Roberta F. Ridley
During the late 1700s, the Congregational Church sought to gain
control over religious and political infidelity through religious
revivals. A militant and optimistic plan triggered the formation of
the Missionary Society of Connecticut in 1798.

The Society's origins were in the General Association, which was
organized in 1759 and had sent two missionaries into the "back
Settlements" of New York and Vermont in 1774. Ministers feared that
without missionaries frontier settlements would be "destitute of
public teachers, or fall under the influence of ignorant and evil
minded leaders." The missionaries received $4.50 per week and "were
instructed to gather Churches, catechize children, ordain ministers,
administer Sacraments and discharge all ministerial duties as occasion
might require." They also gathered community statistics to assist in
future missionary efforts.

Since the Missionary Society of Connecticut was most interested in
areas with large numbers of settlers from New England, and especially
from Connecticut, their activities focused on Vermont, New York,
Pennsylvania and the Western Reserve in Ohio. Society work in other
states throughout the upper Midwest is also represented in their

This collection is arranged into two groups, incoming correspondence,
1793-1899, and administrative records, 1759-1948. The incoming
correspondence includes letters and reports of missionaries employed
by the Society, and of superintendents hired by the American Home
Missionary Society with Missionary Society of Connecticut funds.

The letters and diary format reports give a rounded glance into the
activities and religious, political and social views of the
missionaries. Depending on the locality being served, the reports
share insights on working with Native Americans, German or Irish
immigrants, health issues, and poverty due to mining tragedies or bad
weather. Besides this useful background information, researchers will
find mentions of specific frontier births, marriages and deaths
recorded no place else. Files for missionaries and superintendents are
arranged alphabetically by last name and chronologically by year,
month and day.

Administrative records, including manuscript and printed materials,
are the second part of this collection. The manuscript materials
include various reports from the trustees, annual reports of the
Society, and reports of the book committee.

Arizona National Ranch Histories of Living Pioneer Stockman
Delia Cothrun Bourne
In 1977, the Arizona National Livestock Show and the Arizona State
Cowbelles formed the Arizona Pioneer Stockmen Association to honor all
Arizona residents, age 75 and older, who had been involved in the
Arizona livestock industry. In an effort to record and preserve these
Pioneers' memories, the ANLS and Cowbelles undertook the task of
gathering and publishing the Arizona National Ranch Histories of
Living Pioneer Stockman (979.1 AR36ACC). So far, the set consists of
twenty-three volumes.

Some of the narratives are short, others close to 50 pages. Some are
in third person; others offer a first person perspective; some are
single day anecdotes while others cover a lifetime. The few
illustrations are on the covers of the original paperbound volumes and
are usually photos of the pioneer or his family. Unfortunately, none
of these collections are indexed; the tables of contents, which list
only the pioneer, leave a great deal to be desired as a finding aid,
and locations of the ranches are not always readily discernable. But
to the diligent researcher, these volumes provide a wealth of
information on the lives and experiences of those in the cattle
industry, and to a lesser extent, in Arizona in general. These
accounts are not limited to ranching life, but include, for example,
activities during World War II, both on the ranch and soldiers'
experiences overseas. Even for those not researching a specific family
or aspect of life in Arizona in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the
volumes hold many entertaining tales.

This set is a wonderful example of a non-historical, non-genealogical
society that wishes to preserve the history of its members, and then
follows through on those wishes. The Allen County Public Library
Historical Genealogy Department is interested in acquiring this type
of material, as well as directories and records. Since sponsoring
societies like the publishers of the Arizona National Ranch Histories
are often unaware of our interest, we may not learn of the publication
until it is too late to obtain a copy. If a society to which you
belong publishes any type of historical material, or if you know of
any in your area, please help us to establish contact so that these
extremely useful sources can be added to our collection.

Historic Inscriptions on Western Emigrant Trails
Steven W. Myers
The title of this brief notice is also the title of a fascinating book
by Randy Brown that recently arrived in our department. The author
spent 25 years collecting thousands of inscriptions carved into rocks
and cliffs by pioneers traversing the plains and mountains west of the
Mississippi River. Wouldn't it be fun to find a dated inscription left
by an ancestor on the trek to California or Oregon? Doing so can be a
snap. The book's index includes all of the complete or partially
complete names. Not indexed are the many carved initials which might
still be profitably explored by checking the geographically oriented
chapters that relate to an ancestor's migration trail. The book
features interesting descriptions of each site as well as numerous
photographs of the many surviving inscriptions. Fortunately, the
author has also collected and included previously published
inscriptions that are no longer legible. A substantial bibliography of
additional sources relating to the western trails rounds out the
volume. Dip into this book on your next visit for an absorbing break
from your research, whether you find an ancestor or not!

Other books on the journey from the east to California and Oregon can
be found by searching in the catalog using the subject heading
"Overland Journeys to the Pacific."

Preservation Tip of the Month
Becky Schipper
ACPL's Preservation Technician Becky Schipper offers advice on
conserving your documents:
Stable paper can be dry cleaned. This method works for pencil marks
and surface dirt. Use a dry cleaning pad or a non-abrasive eraser. Both of these are sold commercially.

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

Signature Inn of Fort Wayne
1734 West Washington Center Road
Fort Wayne IN 46818
260-489-5554; fax 260-489-5554
email fortwayne [at]

Located at the north end of the city near I-69, Glenbrook Mall and
every kind of restaurant imaginable, the Signature Inn has 102 rooms.
Amenities include continental breakfast, evening coffee and cookies,
free newspapers. Rooms include work desks, dataports, microwave and
refrigerator. A swimming pool and whirlpool are available.
The library is ten miles away, an easy few minutes' drive to downtown.
Ask about discounts in local restaurants for hotel guests. For
toll-free reservations call 800-822-5252. Rooms start at $75.

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, May 10: 6:30 p.m. at the Aboite Branch. ACGSI members will
present Climbing the Proverbial Brick Wall, telling how they
dismantled their brick wall piece by  piece and resolved a research

Computer Users Group
The computer group does not meeting during the summer. Join them again
in September!

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

Ryan Taylor
May 18: Columbia City, Indiana. Genealogical Society of Whitley
County. "Common errors in genealogical research."
May 26-28: Oshawa, Ontario. Ontario Genealogical Society annual 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

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.

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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