Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 28, June 30, 2006
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 28, June 30, 2006

In this issue:
*Travel the World with "WorldCat"
*Name Dictionaries
*Pennsylvania Negro and Mulatto Records
*In Memory of
*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

Travel the World with "WorldCat"
by Curt B. Witcher
Among the many challenges facing genealogical researchers is the
challenge of trying to identify, and then locate, all the relevant
data about a particular ancestor or potential ancestor. The explosion
of indices and digitized data on the Internet has certainly aided
millions of researchers in this quest for data. Typically, though, it
is the databases with the greatest "star-power" that are frequented
most often, almost to the exclusion of other very useful sites.

One of the databases that may be frequently overlooked by genealogists
is "WorldCat." "WorldCat" is the largest bibliographic database of
both published works, and a growing number of manuscript and archival
collections, in the world. If you're attempting to pull together the
largest pool of relevant data for your genealogical endeavors, it is a
must-use data file.

"WorldCat" can be (and should be!) searched not only by surname of
interest but also by geographic location (city, county, state,
country), ethnic group (Germans, Finns, Irish, Swedes, African
Americans, etc.), religion, and occupation. Tens of millions of
records from library and archive catalogs around the world are
included in this database. Searching on all five of the factors listed
above can bring a significant amount of information to light. Besides
indicating to you what publications may exist for the family name,
ethnic group or geographic area you are researching, "WorldCat" also
indicates which member institutions own the item. And increasingly,
for items found in "WorldCat" there are links directly from "WorldCat"
into the owning institutions' online catalogs where additional, more
specific information often can be gleaned.

There are a number of other features that can be explored when using
"WorldCat" including the ability to email yourself the bibliographic
records of the materials you are interested in exploring further--a
super way to create a complement to your research plan and compile the
beginnings of a great research log. You can also browse various
indices to assist in executing better searches, export data, or
initiate an interlibrary for those materials that can be borrowed
between libraries.

"WorldCat" can be found in many public and academic libraries around
the country and certainly here at the Allen County Public Library--the
Main Library and the thirteen branches. In our library system, look
under "E-Resources" on the right-hand side of the library's homepage
<www.ACPL.Info> and click on "FirstSearch."  "WorldCat" is one of the
databases available through "FirstSearch."  It is certainly worth your

Keep an eye peeled for new data on the
website. The 2005 Allen County, Indiana burial permit index was added
this month. And there will be an exciting file or two appearing in
July. Also, please share this e-zine with family and friends who are
interested in being among the first to learn about the grand opening
in our new facilities early in 2007. Some of the first news broadcasts
about that celebratory event will be through this e-zine.

Name Dictionaries
by Elaine M. Kuhn
What genealogist hasn't at one time or another asked the questions,
"What part of the world did my name come from? What is the meaning of
my name?" The Historical Genealogy Department owns a wide variety of
given (first) name and surname (last name) dictionaries to assist
researchers in understanding the origins of their names.

A great starting point for researching surnames is the "Dictionary of
American Family Names" (929.4 Sm5da) by Patrick Hanks. This
three-volume set details the origin of some 70,000 names found in the
United States. Try also the "Encyclopedia of American Family Names"
(929.4 R53e). For a sampling of names from earlier times, take a look
at books such as "Middle English Surnames of Occupation 1100-1350"
(929.4 F85m) and "Scottish Surnames of Colonial America" (929.4
D656sc). Surname dictionaries for particular nationalities and ethnic
groups range from "Chinese American Names" (929.4 L929c) and "Japanese
Names and How to Read Them" (929.4 K84j) to "Dictionary of
German-Jewish Surnames" (929.102 J55MzL) and "Noms de Famille
Normands" (929.4 M72n).

Patrick Hanks also co-edited with Flavia Hodges a very useful given
name publication titled "Dictionary of First Names" (929.4 H19df).
Other helpful books include "Baptismal Names,"4th ed. (929.4 W42),
"Dictionary of Given Names" (929.4 L92d) and "Names and Name-Days"
(929.4 At88n). Given name dictionaries of certain nationalities and
ethnicities include "Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names" (929.4
B393da), "Irish Names" (929.4 Oc5i), "Handbook of African Names"
(929.4 M25h), and "First Names of the Polish Commonwealth" (929.4
H675f). Researchers will also find dictionaries of nicknames to peruse
such as "Nicknames Past and Present," 4th ed. (929.4 R698nb) and
"Pseudonyms and Nicknames Dictionary," 3rd ed. (929.4 P949).

Another avenue for name researching is the Periodical Source Index
(PERSI), a part of HeritageQuest Online and accessible to researchers
in the Historical Genealogy Department (Note: You must be using one of
the Allen County Public Library's computers to access the library's
subscription to HeritageQuest Online. Otherwise, check with your local
library to see about access in your area). From the library's home
page select "E-Resources". Scroll down the alphabetical list until you
see and then select "HeritageQuest Online". After clicking on "Search
PERSI" from the HeritageQuest Online home page, select the "How-To's"
section of the database. Enter the term "name*" or "surname*" in the
keyword box to get a feel for the many name-related articles one will
find in historical and genealogical periodicals available in the
Department. Among the periodicals covered by PERSI is the quarterly
publication from the American Name Society titled "Names" (how
fitting, right?). Bound volumes of "Names" can be found at 929.4

To do your own searching in the library's catalog for name
dictionaries, go to the library's home page at <www.ACPL.Info> and
click on "Search Catalog". Once the search screen comes up, enter the
terms "names personal" for a very broad search, or to limit your
search use terms such as "names personal Jewish", "names personal
Italian" or "names personal Lancashire".

Pennsylvania Negro and Mulatto Records
by Roberta Ridley
On March 1, 1780 the Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery was
passed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by a vote of 34 to 21.
Acknowledging and commemorating the State's own delivery from
submission to British tyranny, the state pursued justice for Negroes
and Mulattoes with the abolition of slavery and life servitude.  All
Negro and Mulatto slave children born within the state, after the
passing of the law, could be bound to serve their master until
twenty-eight years of age. Therefore, an owner of a slave or a servant
for life (or till age thirty-one years) currently residing in the
state, was required to register these persons with the county Clerk of
the court. Any slave not registered by the deadline of November 1,
1780 was to be immediately emancipated. The registration distinguished
these slaves from all other persons.

The chronological and partially indexed registration records contain
amazing genealogical information: the owner's name, occupation, and
residence; the names of the slaves and servants together with their
ages, gender and birth dates for the children born in 1780 and later.
Entries often give the slave child's mother's name and her previous
owner, and previous location. The data provides names that supplement
census records during a period when the head of household's name is
the only name recorded in the federal census.

An example is the 1790 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania census showing
that Samuel Rippey owned two slaves and William Rippey owned five
slaves. In the Cumberland County 1791 "Returns for Negro & Mulatto
Slaves," we find a related listing on September 13, 1791. William
Rippey is registering a slave child named Hannah (female), born April
26, 1790, who is the child of a slave woman named Rachel (former
property of Samuel Rippey, deceased, and William's father).

The ACPL Historical Genealogy Department microfilm collection includes
these Pennsylvania records for Adams, Bedford, Bucks, Centre,
Cumberland, Fayette, Lancaster, and Washington Counties. The films
contain Registers of Negro & Mulatto Slaves, Birth Returns & Returns
for Negro & Mulatto Slaves, Slave Children Born after the Year 1780,
Mayor's Registry of Colored Persons, Inventories of Estates, Deeds,
Record of Marks, Receipts, and Certificates of Freedom. The records
range in date from 1776 to 1849 and will vary by county.

These Pennsylvania County collections provide information on more than
one culture line and could lead to more.

The Historical Genealogy Department notes with regret the death in
January of Rodney Hartwell of Daggett, California, founder of the
Augustan Society and editor of many periodicals indexed in PERSI.

Preservation Tip of the Month
by Becky Schipper
To store oversized documents such as certificates, blueprints, maps,
and charts, interleaf them with pH-balanced, buffered tissue paper and
store in flat file boxes.

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

The Residence Inn Fort Wayne
4919 Lima Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone: 260-484-4700 Fax: 260-484-9772
Residence Inn Fort Wayne Reservations 1-260-484-4700

This luxury all-suites hotel provides a home-from-home for
genealogists spending several days at the library. Its website says,
"Our 80 suites offer separate living and sleeping areas, plenty of
space for relaxing, entertaining or meeting with colleagues and a
fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker."
There is also a complimentary breakfast and a weekly barbecue for
guests. If you don't have time to fill your refrigerator with
groceries, the hotel staff will do it for you, and add it to your

The hotel is an easy five-mile drive to the library, straight down
Lima Road (Clinton). For a 3-D image of the suites' layout, go to Suites start at $94.

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]
No meetings during the summer; they resume in September.

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.

Curt Witcher

20 July:  Columbia City, IN, Genealogical Society of Whitley County,
"The New Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public

22 July:  Lansing, MI:  Library of Michigan--"Explore Your Roots,
Discover Your History"
9:30A:  "The Future of the Past:  Realities and Responsibilities"
1:15P:  "Treasures and Timelines:  The Genealogical Resources & Future
Plans of the Allen County Public Library

Elaine Kuhn

17 August: Columbia City, IN, , Genealogical Society of Whitley County, "PERSI"

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
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:
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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
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