Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 34, December 31, 2006
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 34, December 31, 2006

In this issue:
*A New Year's Great Project and Hugh Promise
*Military Periodicals
*Index to Damages in New Jersey by the British and Americans, 1776 to 1782
*Countdown to Conference 2007
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*Area Calendar of Events
*ACPL Librarians on Tour
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

A New Year's Great Project and Huge Promise
by Curt B. Witcher
In just a few moments, a new year will begin.  I hope it is one of the
very best for you, and that your genealogical pursuits are successful
beyond compare.  It certainly will be a year of great opportunities
for advancing one's family history research.  I encourage you to take
advantage of those opportunities.  Key among outstanding opportunities
will be researching in the new genealogical research facility at 900
Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana and an outstanding Federation of
Genealogical Societies' conference in August of 2007.  It will truly
be an amazing year--make it *your* amazing year!

This past Tuesday, December 26th, teams of staff from the Genealogy
Center and around the library as well as temporary employees began the
challenging but exciting move of the immense Genealogy Center
collection.  Volunteers from the Allen County Genealogical Society
joined the activities on Thursday, taking almost full responsibility
for packing and loading the entire microtext collection.  By week's
end, nearly one half of the collection was en route to its new home.
By the end of this coming week--in just eight working days(!)--most
all of the Genealogy Center collection will be packed and on the move.
The next couple of weeks will be spent unpacking and organizing the
collection as well as moving the rest of the library.

In addition to enhanced, updated, and enlarged facilities, it has been
another great year for making more data available online.  The
Materials Handling Unit of the Genealogy Center added informational
content to several thousand bibliographic records--making our
collection's online catalog more useful for those researchers who
focus on family names and geographic locations in their searching.
The Genealogy Center website now has more than 1.1 million searchable
Allen County, Indiana records and tens of thousands of more records
for other areas around the country.  The latest December 2006 updates
are listed below.

**The online file "Allen County, Indiana Marriage Records Index,"
covering the early 1990s to October of this year, has been updated
with more than 2,700 new records.
**Indices and images for ten more Virginia cemeteries have been added,
including an entirely new section of six Highland County cemeteries.
**The surname file was updated to include the entries of those
customers of the Genealogy Center who input information in the last
quarter of this year.
**The South Side High School (Fort Wayne, IN) yearbook index was
enhanced with more than forty-eight thousand additional records.

More Allen County, IN records are scheduled to be added in January.

Also scheduled for January--the 27th--is the library's Grand Opening.
It will be an extraordinary day marking the beginning of an
extraordinary new era in the Genealogy Center.  You won't want to miss
the celebration on the 27th -- or the new programs, collections, and
services of the Center throughout the New Year!

Military Periodicals
by Elaine M. Kuhn
One valuable but often overlooked segment of the Genealogy Center's
collection is its many military periodicals. Researchers who have
ancestors or a relative who served in the military at some point may
find a wealth of information within these publications.

Some of the military periodicals held in the Genealogy Center are of a
general interest type. Titles such as "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of
Military History" (call no. 929.06 M5795), "Military Collector &
Historian" (call no. 973.001 Aa1mch) cover myriad subjects related to
military service and culture. Other publications are general in nature
but focus on one particular war such as "Civil War Times Illustrated"
(call no. 973.705 C499) and "North & South" (call no. 973.74 Aa1nor).
The Genealogy Center also owns periodicals that cater to
military-related hobbies. Two of the more popular publications of this
sort are "Citizens' Companion" (call no. 973.3406 C52) and "Camp Chase
Gazette" (call no. 973.3406 C15), both of which focus on Civil War

The Genealogy Center's collection also includes military periodicals
of a scholarly nature. Articles in these types of publications are
usually written by academic experts in their various fields. These
scholarly titles include "Military History of the West" (call no.
976.4 M572) from the University of North Texas, "Journal of America's
Military Past" (call no. 973.001 Aa1cow), "Journal of Military
History" (call no. 973.001 Aa1jo) and "Civil War History" (call no.
973.705 C4992) from the Kent State University Press.

Researchers will find military periodicals in the collection that
highlight one particular fighting unit or branch of military service.
Among the titles of this sort are "Fighting 36th Historical Quarterly"
(call no. 973.001 Aa1fig), "Blue Devil" (call no. 940.5410 Aa1dea),
and "Ex-CBI Roundup" (call no. 940.5410 Aa1chn). Other specialized
publications include "Fortitudine" (call no. 973.001 Aa1mac) published
by the Marine Corps Historical Program, "Proceedings of the U.S. Naval
Institute" (call no. 973.001 Aa1navi), "Cavalry Journal" (call no.
929.11 Un3416c) published by the U.S. Cavalry Association, and "Jewish
Veteran" (call no. 973.001 Aa1jw) from the Jewish War Veterans of the
United States of America. Periodicals focused on international
military topics are also available. "Irish Sword" (call no. 941.5
Ir477) is published by the Military History Society of Ireland.
"Regiment" (call no. 942.0005 R263) is a full-color magazine covering
British military units, dress and weaponry. Another title of British
military studies is the "Journal of the Society for Army Historical
Research" (call no. 942.006 So13j).

One military publication devotes itself entirely to photography.
Appropriately titled, "Military Images" (call no. 973.001 Aa1mm) this
periodical documents 19th century U.S. soldiers and sailors in
photographs. Articles in this publication can cover one particular
soldier or an entire regiment. Frequently the photographs that
accompany the articles are culled from private collections, meaning
that readers might not see these images anywhere else. Readers will
also find articles about uniforms and insignia, the costumes of wives
and sweethearts, and the various weapons soldiers carried into battle.
Another popular topic in the magazine is how readers can identify fake

The collection also contains a number of military hereditary or
lineage society publications. These types of periodicals include
"American Spirit" (call no. 973.3406 D2ayd) published by the National
Society Daughters of the American Revolution, "Cincinnati Fourteen"
(call no. 973.3406 S5ac) from the Society of the Cincinnati, "Mexican
War Journal" (call no. 973.6241 Aa1mwr) from the Descendants of
Mexican War Veterans, and "UDC Magazine" (call no. 973.7406 Un3mah)
published by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Keep in mind that many of the publications mentioned above are indexed
in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a part of Heritage Quest
Online, which is one of the many electronic resources available
through the Allen County Public Library's computers. Feel free to try
any number of word and category searches in PERSI for to identify
military articles. For example, from the "Places" section of PERSI,
you can search in Ohio with the keyword "14th" and the record type
"Military Records" to find articles about the 14th Ohio Regiment. In
the "People" section of PERSI, you can enter the surname "Grant" and
the keyword "CW" to get a list of articles about Ulysses S. Grant and
the Civil War.

Index to Damages in New Jersey by the British and Americans, 1776 to 1782
by John D. Beatty
Genealogists researching the Revolutionary War period focus all too
often on military service and pension records, failing to realize that
the war generated a variety of other records of historical and
genealogical value, including claims made by civilians for damages.
New Jersey, a major battleground state, kept a record of the claims of
its pro-American civilians who lost property either to the British
army, to loyalists, or to the revolutionary cause. The original record
volumes in the New Jersey State Archives, now available on three
microfilm rolls at ACPL, offer a rich account of life during the
revolutionary period.

The first roll contains a typescript index of claimants, arranged
alphabetically. After each name is a column listing the county and
specific place of residence (usually a town or township), a column
with an "A" or "B", indicating whether the damages were caused by the
Americans or the British, the number of the claim, and a final column
(only occasionally filled out), listing the person's occupation or
other remarks. The remaining two rolls consist of the original
handwritten volumes containing inventories of items lost or stolen, as
well as, for some counties, depositions of neighbors corroborating the
claims, though these names are not in the index. The first of these
two rolls is comprised of Franklin and Saddle River townships of
Bergen County, as well as Burlington, Middlesex, and Somerset
counties. The second contains Passaic and Essex counties (including
the city of Newark), additional parts of Bergen, Burlington, and
Somerset counties, and Morris County. The arrangement of each volume
varies: some have page numbers, while others are arranged by claim
number. It is sometimes difficult to determine what county is being
examined as some volumes have nothing written on their title pages.
Other volumes have tabs listing specific townships that help identify
various sections. Follow the contents as listed in our microtext

The information in these volumes is well worth any challenges faced in
using them. For example, in Somerset County, one finds: "Inventory of
Goods and Chattels of Elizabeth Covenhoven, now but when plundered was
Elizabeth Probasco, widow of Stoffel Probasco, dec'd, taken and
destroyed by the British army and their adherents in the months of
January and June 1777." The inventory that follows includes "1 negro
man aged 30 years" valued at £90, as well as six milch cows, a field
of wheat containing 20 acres, 1 hog, assorted pewter platters and
plates, a brass kettle, and a tea kettle. In addition to information
establishing a person at a particular location, these inventories
offer incidental history about the contents of houses and farms,
making them uniquely valuable for researching New Jersey during this
time period.

Countdown to Conference 2007!
by Elaine M. Kuhn
Have you noticed how each year seems to pass by faster than the one
before? Well, 2006 was no different. The year has come and gone in a
flash, and here we are at the advent of a brand new year. What better
time to think about the exciting things that will happen in 2007!

For starters, the Great Move to 900 Library Plaza has begun. Genealogy
Center staff members are hard at work moving the second largest
collection of family history materials in North America back to its
greatly-expanded home. The grand re-opening is scheduled for January
27th. Make plans to come and visit us soon!

Along with the Genealogy Center's return to its home is the FGS/ACPL
2007 Conference that will take place on August 15th – 18th, 2007.
There will be many fascinating presentations, hours of research time
in the Genealogy Center, dozens of vendors with products designed to
enhance your genealogy research and numerous opportunities to connect
with other researchers, all packed into four days.

Please remember to reserve those days in August on your calendar and
frankly, it's not too soon to make those airline and hotel
reservations.  Check out the Fort Wayne International Airport website
at for airline information and the Fort Wayne
/ Allen County Convention and Visitors' Bureau website at for lodging information. For more
information about the conference itself, you can download the brochure

Here's to a happy and fruitful 2007!

Preservation Tip of the Month
In spite of what many believe, airtight plastic containers and plastic
bags meant for food storage are not suitable for the storage of
important family documents, papers and letters, and other keepsakes.
Many of these containers and bags are not inert, with chemical
reactions taking place within them that can damage their contents.
This tip came from a website entitled "Top 10 Preservation Tips" and
may be worth your while to check out.

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7:00. Questions: contact Katie Bloom
kathrynabloom [at]
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, Aboite branch: Marge Graham will share
methods for using deeds in your research.

Computer Users Group
Questions? Contact Marge Graham, gramar57 [at] or 672-2585.
January 17, 2007, Aboite branch, ACPL, 5630 Coventry Lane, 7 p.m.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) "First Wednesday" program
is suspended for January of 2007 during the Genealogy Center's major
move to its newly expanded location at 900 Library Plaza.  Look for
them on February 7, 2007 in the new department from 9A – 7pm.
Expert help from members of the DAR in becoming a member of that organization

Curt Witcher

January 20, 2007 -- Indiana African American Genealogy Group, 1P to
3P, Indiana State Library, Major Renovations and African American
Resources at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center.

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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