Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 40, June 30, 2007
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 40, June 30, 2007

In this issue:
*A Hot Month of Acquisitions
*Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
*Hamburg, Germany Passenger Lists
*Countdown to Conference 2007
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

A Hot Month of Acquisitions
by Curt B. Witcher
June provided us with a number of days in the 90s before the official
start of summer--and we've had one or two since summer started!  If
one can equate pace of activities to heat, June was an equally hot
month for acquisitions in the Genealogy Center.  We were fortunate to
have acquired fifteen hundred school yearbooks from around Indiana and
Ohio this past month.  Several hundred of them already have been
cataloged and are on our shelves ready for researchers to use.  It is
quite satisfying to see our collection of directories continue to
grow.  In so many ways, these publications are the censuses of the
late 20th and early 21st centuries.  Our directory collection remains
one of the deepest and broadest collections one will find anywhere,
and the directories' research value will only increase over time.

Recently, we significantly enhanced our in-house online offerings by
adding "America's GenealogyBank" and "ProQuest Obituaries" to the
three very popular online genealogy sites of,, and  "America's
GenealogyBank" provides access to millions of genealogical and
historical records from across the United States from 1652 to the
present day. Their historical newspapers database provides access to
more than 86 million articles in 500,000 issues of over 1,300 U.S.
newspapers, and covers a general time range between 1690 and 1977. The
historical books collection includes digitized versions of all
available books, pamphlets and other publications printed in America
before 1819, while their historical documents collection features the
entire American State Papers (1789-1838) and items of genealogical
value from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980). They also
sport a copy of the Social Security Death Index.  The "ProQuest
Obituaries" data file offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and
death notices in a full-image format from a select group of historical
newspapers, some dating back to 1851.

Other virtual offerings, available world-wide at GenealogyCenter.Info,
are growing significantly as well.  The 2006 Allen County, IN burials
permit index was added at the very end of last month.  That brings to
more than forty-three thousand the number of Allen County burial
permits searchable on the web from 1994 through last year.  Another
forty-four thousand names were added to the Lindenwood Cemetery
Burials thanks to the terrific work of the Allen County Genealogical
Society in keying 1860-1972 data.  A brand new Fort Wayne Fire
Fighters file can be found on GenealogyCenter.Info under Government
Records.  It is based on the data gathered by Donald Weber for his
volumes of Fort Wayne Fire Department history.  The site also saw more
than seven thousand names and tombstone images mounted for the
Thornrose Cemetery of Augusta County, VA.  An index to four cemeteries
in Plymouth, Wayne County, MI debuted along with a file that quickly
identifies the Civil War veterans from those burial grounds. Finally,
through the dedicated efforts of a summer intern, many thousands of
new roll-specific descriptions are being added to our online Microtext
catalog.  More and more, researchers will be able to see exactly which
roll of microfilm might be most beneficial to their on-site research.
If you haven't been to GenealogyCenter.Info in a while, now would
certainly be a good time to pay another visit.  Be sure to take
advantage of the "Search Site" feature when you're wanting to quickly
search across all the name databases on the site.

Now more than ever, The Genealogy Center is the place to go to find
out where you're from!

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
by John D. Beatty
One of the most important secondary sources for doing research on the
early families of northern New England is the "Genealogical Dictionary
of Maine and New Hampshire" (call number 974 N87gaa). Published
originally in five parts between 1928 and 1939, the book represents
the extraordinary research efforts of three of the finest genealogists
of their day--Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin

Drawing inspiration from James Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of
the First Settlers of New England," published in 1860, Noyes, Libby
and Davis attempted to recreate this classic reference work
specifically for those settlers who came to Maine and New Hampshire
before 1700. The authors sought comprehensive coverage for their
subject, listing every person known to be in the region that could be
gleaned from primary source documents, including probate, court, and
land records as well as a variety of other published and unpublished
lists. As in Savage, the arrangement is alphabetical by surname,
though the head of each family is given a separate paragraph and
numbered, and numerous sources in support of the evidence are cited in
abbreviated form. Many of the references extend past 1700 into the
first and second quarters of the eighteenth century. In some
instances, the compilers provide the English origins of settler
families, when known.

Davis, who financed the work, eventually called a halt to the
collection of data and began publishing in 1928, despite the fact
that, in his opinion "the deep mine of original and public records was
far from exhausted." He was also quick to point out in the preface
that the book contained hundreds of thousands of statements of facts
as well as judgments, some of which were doubtlessly erroneous. Still,
the dictionary is carefully researched and has held up well over time,
being reprinted in various editions by Genealogical Publishing
Company, beginning in 1972. Researchers more accustomed to the layout
of Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration series will find the
arrangement of the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
to be dense and full of abbreviations. These are easily overcome with
practice, however. This work is a great first source on the early
families of Maine and New Hampshire and should lead researchers to a
variety of primary source evidence. Further, the unpublished
manuscript collections of Sybil Noyes in particular, available at the
Maine Historical Society, can sometimes lead to discoveries for a time
frame beyond the scope of the book.

Hamburg, Germany Passenger Lists
by Don Litzer
It has been estimated that from 1850 to 1934 more than 5 million
people from eastern and central Europe emigrated through the port of
Hamburg, Germany to the United States. Lists of passengers departing
Hamburg prove particularly helpful by providing a specific place of
origin for those emigrants, information crucial to continuing research
in European records.

The Genealogy Center has 115 microfilm reels of Hamburg "direct
lists," that is, passenger lists of ships that traveled directly from
Hamburg to a destination without stopping at other European ports.
These films run from March, 1850 (the earliest available records) to
the end of 1900, and are complete except from January through July 14,
1853, a period for which records are missing.

The lists—written, of course, in the German language—can be quite
illuminating. A Hamburg passenger list, while varying slightly over
time, generally asked for the following information: surname, given
name, gender, age, previous residence, state or province, occupation,
destination, number of persons, adults and children over ten years,
children under ten years, and children under one year.

This author can offer a testimonial from personal research. On an 1860
Hamburg passenger list, an ancestor's residence was recorded as
"Papiogorroe"—a rendering of Popia Gora, a tiny hamlet in the province
of West Prussia—and neighbors traveling with his family gave the names
of two nearby villages as their residences, thereby making it possible
to determine an ancestral hometown in present-day Poland.

Lists for 1850 to 1855 do not require separate indices, because they
are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the head of
household's surname. For the period from April, 1855 to April, 1901,
the Genealogy Center has 63 microfilm reels of indices to the Hamburg
direct lists. These indices are arranged by the first letter of the
head of household's surname, and then chronologically by the date the
vessel left Hamburg.

There are also online alternatives to using the microfilmed Hamburg
lists and indices. An index to direct and indirect lists for the year
1872 is available online at
<>. The 1850
to 1934 lists have also been digitized and are available at, but only the 1890 to 1914 records are accompanied by an
electronic index. Ancestry also recently posted digitized images of
the handwritten indexes covering 1855 to 1934. By scanning the
microfilm or utilizing the digital images and indexes, researchers in
the Genealogy Center should be able to identify ancestors that came
through this important European port.

Countdown to Conference 2007!
by Elaine M. Kuhn
Among the many exciting opportunities accompanying the FGS/ACPL 2007
Conference in August will be the chance to spend some quality research
time in one of the nation's premier genealogical collections, the
Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library.  Situated on the
second floor of the newly-renovated Main Library the Genealogy Center
houses over 860,000 books, magazines, microfilm and microfiche. All
Genealogy Center materials are now in one place, on one floor and
available for browsing (that means no more closed stacks and no more
request slips, for those readers who remember the old building!)

Because the Center will be extra busy and research space will at times
be at a premium, and we want everyone to have the best possible
experience while visiting, consider the following suggestions when
preparing for your visit:

1. Do your homework before leaving home. The Genealogy Center's print
and microtext catalogs are searchable online at the library's website.
Make note of the items of interest and bring that information with you
– saves you time and having to wait on a public computer! The library
catalog can be found at The microtext catalog can be
found at http://GenealogyCenter.Info/search_microtext.php.

2. Leave your original documents and photographs at home! Genealogy
Center staff can tell many a sad story about visitors' family photos
and marriage certificates lost or left behind. If you need to bring
such information, consider making photocopies or scanned images.

3. If you bring a laptop computer to the Genealogy Center, bring a
lock for it so that you can secure your computer to your research
table. Although most genealogists are honest individuals, the
Genealogy Center is a public place - just like an airport - and with
all of the people coming and going during the conference, it will be
easy for unfortunate events to take place. Computer locks are readily
available for purchase online and at most electronics stores.

4. As an addendum to Item 2, consider wearing a fanny pack or similar
item while at the Center. Not only will you have your money, jump
drive, and cell phone at hand, you will also not need to worry about
leaving your purse at your table while you browse the stacks. The
Genealogy Center does not have lockers for patrons to use, and the
Center's staff and volunteers cannot stow items at their service desks
nor "watch" someone's belongings while they step out for a moment.

5. Bring lots of small bills and change with you. Photocopies from
books and magazines are ten cents per copy (you'll be pleased to know,
though, that computer prints and microfilm copies are free – yes, I
said free.) There is a one and five dollar bill changer in the Center
that will give dimes, but for change from tens and twenties, you will
have to visit the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

6. Leave that cuppa joe and donut back in your hotel room, please!
Food and drink – including the ubiquitous water bottles - are not
allowed in the Genealogy Center. The results of spilled liquids and
sticky fingers on one-of-a-kind materials are more distressing than
can be described here.

7. Finally – bring lots of patience and good humor! Every effort will
be made to accommodate the hundreds of visitors to the Center, but
some processes will take longer than normal, and printers, computers,
and copiers will require a wait during peak hours. So remember -
instead of letting impatience well-up, why not take the opportunity to
chat with your fellow visitors while you wait? You never know whom
you'll meet along the way!

The Genealogy Center will be open extra hours during the week of the
conference. On Monday and Tuesday, August 13th and 14th, the Genealogy
Center will be open its regular hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  On
Wednesday, August 15th the Center will be open from 9 a.m. until
midnight while on Thursday, August 16th, the Center will be open 6
a.m. until midnight! Friday and Saturday, August 17th and 18th, the
Genealogy Center will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

See you then!

Preservation Tip of the Month
by Becky Schipper
A conservator is a professional whose occupation is the care,
restoration and repair of objects, collections, and specimens.
Through education, knowledge, training, and experience a conservator
devises a plan of action and implements conservation processes that
are appropriate for a particular item.  Conservators specialize in
object types, some of which are paper, books, photographs, paintings,
furniture, textiles and buildings.  Selecting a conservator for your
particular need should include checking references and looking at
samples of the conservators work.  American Institute for
Conservation's guide to Conservation Services is a free referral
service that also provides a helpful brochure, "Guidelines for
Selecting a Conservator."

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
The Society does not meet during the summer months.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) "First Wednesday" program
of lineage assistance is Wednesday, May 2nd from 9A – 7pm.  Expert
help from members of the DAR on 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 right.

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.
ACPL library card holders may use their cards to validate the parking
ticket at the west end of 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.

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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