Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 35, January 31, 2007
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 35, January 31, 2007

In this issue:
*What a Grand Opening!
*Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherland
from 1613 to 1674
*Kentucky Vital Records
*Countdown to Conference 2007
*February Program--Flickr Presentation
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

What a Grand Opening!
by Curt B. Witcher
In case you may not have heard, The Genealogy Center and the rest of
the Allen County Public Library opened in our new facility this past
Saturday!  And what a Grand Opening it was!  More than two thousand
people came through the Genealogy Center in the first five hours we were

Library director, Jeff Krull emceed the Grand Opening event, beginning
the ceremony with eloquent words about what it took to bring the library
and the community to this wonderful new era early in 2007.  Library
Board President, Jerry Hoemig, reflected on the importance of this
twenty-first century library facility for the downtown Fort Wayne area
as well as all of Allen County.  He recognized various community leaders
and officials for their support.  Library benefactor, Ted Sloane, spoke
about the importance of libraries to education and life-long learning. 
The keynote speaker was the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court,
Randall T. Shepard.  With his congratulations to the library and the
Allen County community, the Chief Justice commented on the great
importance of libraries to vibrant communities--communities where
education, the arts, and cultural appreciation thrive.  He contrasted
the visionary thinking of those in this institution with the appalling
cuts many libraries on the east coast are facing where books that are
not among the "hot picks" for a given time period are purged from
collections.  Then the ribbons to all the departments were severed and
the amazement began.  

The new Allen County Public Library is really something to see! 
Indeed, it is a must see for anyone interested in libraries and family
history.  From the new cafe to the expanded computer labs, from the
building-wide wireless connectivity to the amazing amounts of printed
materials on browsing shelves, the entire library is warm and inviting. 
The new Genealogy Center complements the library-wide wireless access
with thirty-nine Internet terminals and seven additional "catalog
only" computers.  An HP Digital Sender 9200C provides genealogists
with the opportunity to email scanned page images to their personal
accounts--or to other researchers with whom they are collaborating.  An
array of new ST-200 Digital Imaging Systems provide users of the
Center's vast microtext collection with the ability to print images
they have selected, save those images to a jump-drive or memory stick,
or burn the images to a CD-ROM.  And of course, all genealogy and local
history materials are on open, browsing shelves for ready access by

Many more genealogy and family history programs will be offered in our
new facility.  The state-of-the-art meeting rooms, computer labs, and
fixed-seat theater beg to be used for seminars, workshops, institutes,
and programs of all kinds.  Watch for forthcoming issues of "Genealogy
Gems" to learn of these exciting and worthwhile activities.  Indeed,
there is a February program announcement further on in this newsletter. 
You really have to come and experience the facility--both now and in
August, when we will be hosting that fantastic Federation of
Genealogical Societies conference.  More news about that is also in this

The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center--even more than
ever the place to go to discover where you're from!  

Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherland
from 1613 to 1674
by John D. Beatty
"New Netherland" is a term used to describe the territory of
indistinct boundaries, including parts of New York and New Jersey, held
by the Dutch West India Company during the first three quarters of the
seventeenth century. Settled principally but not exclusively by Dutch
nationals, the area also attracted English, Germans, and Swedes, and
remained under the administrative control of the company until the
Netherlands ceded it by treaty to England in 1674. 

An important tool for researching this heterogeneous group of
seventeenth century settlers is David M. Riker's four-volume
"Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New
Netherland from 1613 to 1674" (GC  974.7  R449ge). With a purpose
similar to that of Robert Charles Anderson's "Great Migration"
series for New England, Riker seeks to document every person who settled
in New Netherland during this time period, supplying a genealogical
summary of husbands and wives, with lists of children and sometimes
grandchildren reconstructed from probate and baptismal sources, and
significantly, also including the places of origin in Europe when known.
He defines the geographical scope of his study as Manhattan and Staten
islands, the Hudson River Valley to Albany and Schenectady, the present
Bronx and Westchester County, New York, Bergen County, New Jersey, and
the western end of Long Island.

Unlike Anderson's work, however, Riker's text consists
predominantly of typed family group charts instead of narratives, and he
considers his directory to be a work in progress rather than a final,
definitive study. In addition, Riker directs readers to information
gleaned exclusively from published works that he admits may not always
be reliable, rather than also including manuscript sources, which may
yield additional and more accurate information. Sources are abbreviated
in the text with a key in the introduction. Arrangement is by surname
with additional comment at the beginning about the idiosyncrasies of
Dutch naming patterns and the widespread use of patronymic surnames that
changed with each generation. Because of the complexity of this region,
its sources and customs, this printed set is a useful place for
beginning research, but it should not be considered a final,
authoritative study.

Kentucky Vital Records
by Delia Cothrun Bourne
The Commonwealth of Kentucky ordered that the recording of vital
records commence in 1852, but by 1861, compliance with that mandate had
dwindled among the counties. Through the following 50 years, some
counties started and stopped keeping records at various times, and even
though additional legislation precipitated another start in 1874, by
1879, most counties had stopped keeping records yet again. In 1911, the
Commonwealth again began requiring birth and death records. The
Genealogy Center has microfilm copies of the early, pre-1911 records, as
well as indexes covering 1911 through 1954.

Optimistically entitled "1852-1910 Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death
Records," this unindexed collection is contained on 31 rolls of
microfilm. The material is arranged by county, the record type (birth,
marriage, or death), then roughly chronologically within a specific
year. Although a few counties have produced indexes in various formats,
if a researcher knows the year and county, a search will not take long.
In the 1850s, birth records include date, name of child, whether it was
born alive or dead, place, father's or owner's name, mother's
name, color of child, and residence. Besides the date and place of the
event, marriage records give groom's name, residence, age, indication
of the number of the marriage, occupation, and birthplace of him and his
parents, with the same information, with the exception of occupation,
given for the bride. Later marriage records indicate whether the
principals were single or widowed, and record remarks, such as guardian
consents. The death records supply date, name, age, gender, marital
status, occupation, place of birth, parents or owner, place of death,
and residence. Birthplaces of parents and cause of death were added in
the 1870s. The listings of places of birth of parents may indicate just
the state, but usually a specific county is cited if that state is
Kentucky. Also, the place of death is not always the county of record,
as in the case of farmer Thomas Taylor, who, according to the Ohio
County, Kentucky death records, died in New York City. If the year of an
event in your ancestor's life is not covered by surviving records,
remember to seek information on siblings. 

"The Index to Kentucky Birth and Death Records 1911-1938," on 42
rolls of microfilm, is an annual index of both births and deaths, in
which the deaths are in bold print. Provided are name, county, date,
volume and certificate number, and mother's maiden name for births. On
39 rolls of microfilm, "The Kentucky Birth and Death Records
1939-1954" separate births from deaths, and, by year, supply name,
date, county, mother's maiden name, and volume and certificate number
for births, and the name, date, age, county of event, a county of
residence code, and volume and certificate number for deaths. 

Countdown to Conference 2007!
by Elaine M. Kuhn
The FGS/ACPL 2007 Conference now has its own website! If you plan to
attend the conference, to be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August
15th-18th, you'll want to take a look at all the website provides.
Visitors to the site can view important information regarding
registration, exhibits, special events, lodging, and meetings. Check it
out at

While you're inspecting the new conference website, remember to take
a look at some of the other area websites that might make your
conference trip to and visit in Fort Wayne all the more enjoyable. For
basic "getting to know us" information, see the Fort Wayne / Allen
County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at . 
The Fort Wayne International Airport's website not only provides
flight and airline information, it contains ground transportation and
hotel shuttle information as well. See their website at And, of course, stay tuned to the Allen County
Public Library's website at www.ACPL.Info and check your monthly
issues of "Genealogy Gems" for more Genealogy Center news. With the
opening of our renovated building at 900 Library Plaza, there will be
many, many events taking place that will be of great interest to
genealogists and historians, including the FGS/ACPL Conference in

Exciting things are happening in the Fort in 2007. Hope you can be a
part of them!

February Program--Flickr Presentation
Sharing photos and scanned documents has never been easier, thanks to
several new online software programs. One of the most popular of these
programs is Flickr, and on Tuesday, February 27th at 2 p.m. at the Main
Library in Meeting Room A on the first floor, ACPL Librarian Sara
Patalita will present, "Using Flickr to Document Your Genealogy." Sara
will discuss the ins and outs of Flickr for storing and documenting your
historic photographs. 

There is no charge to attend the presentation, but registration is
required. Contact the Genealogy Center at (260) 421-1225 or send an
email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to sign up.

Preservation Tip of the Month
Check out this link at the National Archives on "Caring for Your
Family Archives."  There is a lot to explore and discover there. 

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) 
Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7:00. Questions: contact Katie Bloom 
kathrynabloom [at] 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, Main Library at 900 Library Plaza: John
B. Kalb will speak about early postal correspondence and stampless
folded letters.

Computer Users Group--Third Wednesday of each month.
Questions? Contact Marge Graham, gramar57 [at] or 672-2585.

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

Driving Directions to the Library
Wondering how to get to the library?  Our location is 900 Library
Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the block bordered on the south by
Washington Boulevard, the west by Ewing Street, the north by Webster
Street, and the east by the Library Plaza, formerly Webster Street.  We
would enjoy having you visit the Genealogy Department.

To get directions from your exact location to 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, visit this link at MapQuest:

>From the South
Exit Interstate 69 at exit 102.  Drive east on Jefferson Boulevard into
downtown. Turn left on Ewing Street. The Library is one block north, at
Ewing Street and Washington Boulevard.

Using US 27:
US 27 turns into Lafayette Street. Drive north into downtown. Turn left
at Washington Boulevard and go five blocks. The Library will be on the

>From the North
Exit Interstate 69 at exit 112.  Drive south on Coldwater Road, which
merges into Clinton Street.  Continue south on Clinton to Washington
Boulevard. Turn right on Washington and go three blocks. The Library
will be on the right.

>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.  Turn left on Wayne
Street.  The Library will be in the second block on the right.

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.  Library Plaza will be on the right.

Parking at the Library
At the Library, underground parking can be accessed off of Wayne
Street. Other library parking lots are at Washington and Webster, and
Wayne and Webster. Hourly parking is $1 per hour with a  $7 maximum.
ALPC card holders may use their cards validate the parking ticket in the
Great Hall of the Library. Out of county residents may purchase a
subscription card with proof of identification and residence. The
current fee for an Individual Subscription Card is $65.

Public lots are located at the corner of Ewing and Wayne Streets ($1
each for the first two half-hours, $1 per hour after, with a $4 per day
maximum) and the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street ($3
per day).

Street (metered) parking on Ewing and Wayne Streets. 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 garage 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.

Genealogy Center Queries
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
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Curt Witcher, editor pro-tem

Curt B. Witcher
Manager, Historical Genealogy Department
NE Director, Indiana Genealogical Society
Allen County Public Library
P. O. Box 2270, 200 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46801-2270
CWitcher [at]
Fax: 260-421-1386
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