Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 29, July 31, 2006
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 29, July 31, 2006

In this issue:
*Genealogy Department Microtext Catalog
*Mexican-American War Microform Holdings at ACPL
*Indiana Obituary Collections and Indexes
*Family History Month Extravaganza
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*Count-down to Conference 2007
*New Building News
*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

Genealogy Department Microtext Catalog
by Curt B. Witcher
Each month, thousands of new searchable records are added to the website.  While most of these new records
contain Allen County, Indiana, data, there are some months in which
other large, significant data files are added.  July is one of those
months.  In addition to updates to the Fort Wayne and Allen County,
Indiana obituary file, the South Side High School yearbook index, and
the Historical Genealogy Department's Surname File, the end of July
brings the unveiling of the department's Microtext Catalog.

Since the inception of the department in the early 1960s, microtext
(film and fiche) has been an extremely important part of the
collection. Even in the era of the Internet and rapidly expanding
technologies, many important sources are available only in a microtext
format.  Historically it has taken all the cataloging resources
devoted to the Historical Genealogy Department just to catalog the
published monographic or book materials.  In recent years, special
efforts have been made to catalog the department's entire collection
and have that information available in the library's online catalog.
Earlier this year we finished cataloging our more than ten thousand
unique periodical titles.  Now our sights are set on cataloging our
entire microtext collection.

Knowing the time and detail required to catalog nearly 370,000
microtext items according to contemporary cataloging rules, though, we
made a decision to enhance our database inventory in such a way as to
make it available on the web in advance of being able to catalog our
the microtext items in our online catalog.  The initial version of our
microtext catalog inventory has been made available at the website,
<>.  There will soon
be a link on the Historical Genealogy Department's homepage as well.

This preliminary microtext catalog is a database of our holdings with
geographic and subject access giving collection and title-specific
details to the user.  The catalog is divided into four general
categories:  Locality Records, Specialty Records, Ethnic Records, and
Other Records.  In the "Locality Records" category one can search on
states, counties, record types, and international locations; in the
"Specialty" category one can call up listings of census records, city
& county directories, military records, and passenger lists; in the
"Ethnic" category African American, Native American, and Jewish
materials are listed; and in the "Other Records" category, family
histories & records, periodicals & newspapers, miscellaneous records,
and a listing of our National Archives holdings can be found.

The "Locality Records" and "Specialty Records" categories provide you
with various lists of options from which to choose while the remaining
two categories, "Ethnic Records" and "Other Records," simply list the
microfilm in a logical subject order.  Every microtext collection is
listed in the online database.  Users will note that some of the
collections listed are hypertext links.  Clicking on those hypertext
links will provide you with a detailed listing of the contents of the
particular collections.  As an example, choosing the Revolutionary War
under the "Military Records" button and then clicking on the
collection "Revolutionary War Records of Military Operations, Service,
Pay & Accounts," you will get a roll-by-roll breakdown of that
forty-one roll collection detailing which rolls contain pay accounts
for which particular years, which contain operations and service
orderly books, which contains troop lists from the various colonies,
and the like.  Though many hundreds of collections have this level of
detail associated with them, we still have many hundreds yet to do.
Over the next several months, significantly more details will be added
to this important finding aid.

We are quite excited about finally being able to make data about our
microtext holdings accessible in a searchable form on the Internet.
Take advantage of this database when planning your research trips to
Fort Wayne.  And definitely let us know what you think of this new
feature and how we might improve it to better assist you in your

Mexican-American War Microform Holdings at ACPL
by Timothy Dougherty
116,000 American men served in the Mexican-American War between 1846
and 1848, and its records are an often over-looked research source. If
you are curious about your ancestor's place in the war, why not pay
the Genealogy Department a visit?

A good starting point is the Index to Compiled Service Records of
Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War (Microcopy
#M-616). This is an alphabetical index listing the unit with which the
individual served.

The Compiled Service Records that go with the index can also be found
at ACPL for a few states. These are Mississippi (M-863), Pennsylvania
(M-1028), Tennessee (M-638) and Texas (M-278), and for individuals who
served in Mormon Organizations (M-351). Records for other states may
be obtained from the National Archives. The records include rank,
unit, date and place of mustering in and out, payment information and
general "remarks." "Remarks" include things such as injury, sickness,
or, as in the case of one private, "absent on detached service to
Pueblo since 16 Sept. 1846."

Though soldiers from all states served in the war, Vermont, Maine,
Connecticut and Rhode Island did not provide Volunteer units. Alabama,
Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, as
well as the District of Columbia furnished units. Texas and Illinois
provided the most regiments.

Regular Army enlistments are not included with the Compiled Service
Records. These will be found in Registers of Enlistments in the United
States Army, 1798-1914, M-233. Listed here are soldiers in units not
provided by specific states. Birthplace, occupation and additional
service information are included.

The department also has the Mexican War Index to Pension Files,
1887-1926 (T-317), as well as the actual Selected Pension Application
Files for Members of the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-48
(T-1196). Any of the other pension records may be acquired from the
National Archives. The pensions themselves contain fascinating
genealogical information, such as family records, war-time
depositions, and medical reports. Widows' pensions often include
maiden names and may contain marriage certificates.

Also featured is an impressive collection on microfiche, the
Mexican-American War Unit Histories and Personal Narratives. This
includes general, personal and unit-specific histories dealing with
various aspects of the war.

Orders of General Zachary Taylor to the Army of Occupation in the
Mexican War, 1845-1847, M-29, rounds out the microform holdings. As
the title suggests, these three reels contain the general and specific
orders issued by General Taylor during the conflict.

Indiana Obituary Collections and Indexes
by Ryan Taylor
Curt Witcher's column (above) mentions new entries in the library's
index of Fort Wayne/Allen County obituaries. Elsewhere in Indiana,
there are busy volunteers who clip, copy and index obituaries from
local newspapers--making them much more accessible than they were in
the days when we had to scroll through the papers on microfilm to find
a dead relative.

Two of the busiest are Patricia Dyson and Judith Richter, longtime
users of our library. They are currently working on obituaries from
four nearby counties, Whitley, Noble, DeKalb and Wells. When they
started they produced a volume a year, but Noble County's 2005
obituaries required three volumes! They kindly supply an every-name
index with their works, which means not only the deceased person but
all their relations are accessible.

Austin Cox has been working for many years on obituaries from the
Winchester and Union City newspapers (Randolph County). As well as
current years (1986-2005), he is collecting retrospectively, filling
in missing years as he goes. So far, his earliest volume covers
1926-1927. An earlier project extracted wedding and engagement
announcements, 1947-1953 from the same papers.

Grant County has coverage in Mrs Wayne Gribbin's Obituaries from the
Oak Hill Times.

These are all collections of current obituaries. There are many
volumes in our collection for older death notices, such as those for
the Tell City Anzeiger which covers 1870-1912. Roselyn Wells' extracts
from Butler newspapers currently cover 1894-1939.

Finding these obituary volumes is quite simple. Do a subject search in
the catalog using the place name and 'obituaries' as the search term.
If you need help, ask at the reference desk.

Family History Month Extravaganza!
October, better known as Family History Month in these parts, will
soon be upon us. To celebrate and share in the fun, the Historical
Genealogy Department plans a wealth of programs for researchers of all
sorts. For the first time ever, the department will offer events on
every single day in October! The events range from classes on
beginning genealogy and Civil War research to the early years of Fort
Wayne television and preserving family heirlooms. The Allen County
Genealogical Society and the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution will host a number of speakers
and workshops, all open to the public. And, of course, our
ever-popular Midnight Madness Friday will return for researchers who
can't get enough of genealogy sleuthing! For more information about
the upcoming October programs, go to the library's website at

Preservation Tip of the Month
by Becky Schipper
ACPL's Preservation Technician Becky Schipper offers advice on
conserving your documents:
Textiles: If you are storing wool or silk, it is suggested that you
line the storage box and interleaf the textiles between the folds with
unbuffered  acid-free tissue. If the material is linen, cotton, or
jute buffered  acid-free tissue should be used.

Count-down to Conference 2007!
Just a little more than one year from now, the Allen County Public
Library will be hosting the Federation of Genealogical Societies'
Annual Conference here in Fort Wayne, Indiana!  The four-day event is
planned for August 15 - 18, 2007 at the Grand Wayne Center.  Mark your
calendars now--you will certainly want to reserve those dates.

The first day of the conference, Wednesday, August 15th, will be a day
devoted to genealogical society management classes, managing a Family
History Center, the Association of Professional Genealogists'
management seminar, and other classes.  The remaining three days of
the conference will be filled with lectures on a great variety of
research topics.  And of course, the Grand Wayne Center's fantastic
exhibit area will be filled with genealogical vendors offering the
best and latest in genealogical products and services.

Each of the next twelve "Genealogy Gems" will contain more information
about the conference.  You simply won't want to miss this event!

New Building News
We have a date!!  The Allen County Public Library administration has
announced that the last day of service for the Historical Genealogy
Department in our temporary location at Renaissance Square (where we
have been for the last several years) will be Saturday, December 23,
2006, with the department closing at 6 pm that day.  Again, we will
officially close at the end of business that day and will re-open with
a grand celebration in a greatly expanded and wonderfully renovated
library on Saturday, January 27, 2007.  Mark your calendars now--both
to get some good research in before the holidays AND to attend the
grand opening celebration on January 27th!  Over the next several
months, we will use this column to bring you updates on how things are
progressing during these very exciting times.

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

Candlewood Suites
5251 Distribution Drive, Fort Wayne 46825
telephone: 260-484-1400; fax 260-482-8656
toll-free reservations: 1-877-226-3539

This hotel is the newest in Fort Wayne, on the site of the old Days
Inn at I-69 and Lima Road (exit 111A). It is an easy ten-minute drive
to the library straight down Lima/Clinton to the city center. Each
suite offers a kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, stove-top burner
and refrigerator. (Meijer's is nearby.) Amenities include a DVD/CD
player and the hotel offers a movie library for your pleasure, a
self-serve laundry, indoor pool and fitness center. For work, there is
high speed wireless internet and a spacious desk area. It sounds like
the perfect spot for genealogists coming for a week-long stay. Studios
start at $90.

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

18 August: Wertman Family Reunion 2006, Don Hall's Guesthouse Hotel &
Conference Center, Fort Wayne, "Peopling the Midwest."

30 August-2 September: Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual
Conference, August 30-September 2, 2006, Boston, MA; "The Future of
the Past:  Rights and Responsibilities," "Your Society Wants You!
Effective Recruiting Strategies for Genealogical Societies," "Lookin'
& Bookin':   Effective Use of Record Repositories," "Fingerprinting
Our Families:  Using Ancestral Origin/Ethnicity as a Genealogical
Research Key."

14 September: Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 State Road 101 North,
Woodburn, "Beginning Your Family History."

23 September: Permian Basin Genealogical Society Conference, Odessa,
TX, "Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery," "Doing Effective
Genealogical Research in Libraries," "Mining the Mother Lode:  Using
the 'Periodical Source Index,'" "Pain in the Access:  Getting More
from the Internet for Your Genealogy."

29-30 September: Pennsylvania Genealogy Conference, Pittsburgh, PA,
"The Road Not Taken:  Mega Internet Sites for Genealogists Off the
Beaten Path" and "Pain in the Access:  Getting More from the Internet
for Your Genealogy."

John Beatty

22 September: Clan Ewing Family Association Reunion, Don Hall's Guest
House, Fort Wayne, "The Ewing Family of Fort Wayne and their Fur
Trading Empire."

Elaine Kuhn

17 August: Genealogical Society of Whitley County, Public Library,
Columbia City, "PERSI".

Ryan Taylor

18 September: Noble County Genealogical Society annual dinner,
"Creating a Family Cookbook"

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.

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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