Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 51, May 31, 2008
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 51, May 31, 2008

In this issue:
*Summer Time--Family History Time
*Ontario Place Name Research: Administrative Divisions, Part Two &
Northern Ontario
*Pamphlets in American History
*Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101
*Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
*Military Symposium
*Librarians On Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

Summer Time--Family History Time
by Curt B. Witcher
For many K-12 students, parents, and teachers, the last school-bell of
the academic year will be ringing soon.  With the onset of summer
vacations, many parents and grandparents may be wondering what in the
world they will do with children and grandchildren who now have plenty
of time on their hands.  Let me suggest engaging them in some of the
myriad of family history activities ripe for warm-weather months.  The
possibilities are nearly endless.

For those with better organizational skills and who delight in
details, why not engage them in helping you organize your piles of
research--the notes and copies of documents you never seem to have the
time to file?  Taking a few extra moments to explain a bit about the
documents might leave you surprised at the interest your children or
grandchildren have in the records.  Perhaps they could scan your
papers and notes from research trips for easier incorporation into
your genealogical management software.  You could even show them how
to determine which digitized document belongs to which ancestor in
your database.  We know how easily the younger generations take to

And while we're thinking of technology, why not have your children or
grandchildren digitize photographs already in albums and fragile
documents hidden in your file drawers that no one ever gets to see?
They can do it with a digital camera or a scanner.  You can teach them
about cropping, file formats, resolution sharpening, and file-naming
conventions.  Or, in some cases, they could teach you.  Once the
digitizing is done, perhaps they could burn extra copies on CDs or
DVDs for you to share with close relatives.  Maybe they could even
help you put up a family webpage on the Internet or make a digital
scrapbook to share with family members.

Are you going to walk a cemetery or two in search of ancestors'
elusive burials?  Why not take your child or grandchild along?  Arm
them with a digital camera and a GPS device.  They could be in charge
of taking the pictures for you and marking the coordinates of the
burial sites.  And you could teach them about the importance of
cemeteries in our society, how burials were and are done, the meaning
of symbols carved on so many gravestones, and even about how to take a
good digital picture.

Sharing your interest in and excitement about family history can truly
be contagious.  Besides, it is a super way to spend time with your
children and grandchildren, and share something so very
important--their history and heritage.

Here's wishing you a great summer of exciting family history
discoveries!  And be sure to put the Allen County Public Library's
Genealogy Center in your travel plans.

Ontario Place Name Research: Administrative Divisions, Part Two &
Northern Ontario
by Don Litzer
A major municipal restructuring reduced the number of Ontario
municipalities from 815 in 1996 to 445 in 2004. The "Ontario Municipal
Directory," 1999 edition (971.3 On8745 1999) provides a snapshot of
this process in its midst, listing municipalities and plotting them on
outline maps. The Reader's Digest / Canadian Geographic "Canadian
Atlas" (971 C1661r), published in 2004, outlines boundaries of
restructured regional municipalities, complementing its quality
coverage of places, major roads, and physical features. The "Rand
McNally Ontario Provincial Road Atlas," 2004 edition (971.3 R156)
shows, on more detailed (1:250,000 scale) maps, restructured
municipality and township boundaries.

For tracing townships through restructuring, "Townships of the
Province of Ontario, Canada: A Complete Index of the Townships in All
the Counties & Districts of Ontario" (971.3 G198t) by Gartner and
Prong is particularly useful. It breaks down townships into three
types—organized, "historical" (that is, restructured), and
unorganized—as of December 2006, and cross-references them to maps
showing townships and their organization as of about 1990, thereby
providing a cross-reference to pre- and post-restructuring periods.

Useful websites about municipal organization and municipal
restructuring include The Changing Shape of Ontario: A Guide to
Boundaries, Names and Regional Governments at
<> and
Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's municipal
restructuring page at <>.

The foregoing discussion has focused on more settled and temperate
southern Ontario.  Researchers of northern Ontario, meanwhile, are
often frustrated by maps that condense their focus area into tiny
insets with sketchy descriptions. All is not lost for them, however.

>From 1858 to 1912, northern Ontario was split up into districts that
contain incorporated places, but are not incorporated themselves. The
Archives of Ontario's Districts of Northern Ontario page at
<> describes
this evolution.

The "Canada Gazetteer Atlas" (971 C1602), published in 1980, by far
gives the most space to maps of these sparsely populated regions, with
corresponding comprehensiveness in place name identification and
physical feature detail. The "Rand McNally
Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Northwest Ontario Provincial Road Atlas," 2005
edition (971.2 R156) has less place name detail, but shows roads and
district boundaries.  Outline township maps for northern Ontario are
in Gartner and Prong's Townships... (971.3 G198t) discussed above.

A geographical source adding context to this and other Canadian
research is "Lines of Country: An Atlas of Railway and Waterway
History in Canada" (971 An25L). Its maps show dates when specific
railway sections were built. Such detail serves to date the
transformational arrival of the railroad to individual heretofore
remote communities.

Pamphlets in American History
by Cynthia Theusch
"Pamphlets in American History" is a collection of more than 17,000
historical pamphlets reproduced on more than 18,000 microfiche.
Throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, people found that
writing and publishing pamphlets provided an easy and inexpensive way
to express their viewpoints or feelings about major events or social
issues of the day. The "Pamphlets in American History" collection was
issued in five major groups and organizes individual items into 18
series by subject. A five-volume printed index set lists the
microfiche pamphlet titles in a bibliographic citation and includes
indexes by author, title, and subject. Descriptions of the individual
documents follow.

The first volume encompasses pamphlets related to the Revolutionary
War, Revolutionary War biography, biography, women, and Indians.
Material in these series include eulogies, sermons, biographical
sketches, testimonials, diaries, speeches, legislative remarks,
treaties, information on customs, descriptions of battles, and various
types of reports and studies. This volume also includes a
chronological index.

Volume two covers the subjects civil liberties, labor, and tariffs and
free trade. Some pamphlets in these series include reaction to labor
issues, legislative issues, convictions of individuals, and "unlawful
assembly." The constitutions and by-laws of businesses and labor
unions as well as hazard reports, and information about railroads and
the Congress of Industrial Organizations are also featured.

Volume three covers cooperative societies, finance, the Mexican War,
socialism, and the War of 1812. Some of the pamphlets in these series
include reports, memoranda, economic articles, speeches, survivor
rolls, treaties, and articles on different aspects of socialism.

Volume four focuses on Catholicism and Anti-Catholicism and the
Spanish-American War, 1898. These series feature letters from
archbishops and bishops, tributes to popes, reports on orphan asylums,
educational issues, and a host of documents published before, during,
and after the Spanish-American War.

The final volume features pamphlets on the Mormons and Mormonism, the
Civil War, and the European War, 1914-1918. In this group, you will
find legislative speeches, reports, memorials, biographical sketches,
letters, battle and regimental information, information on
missionaries and the historical background of Mormonism as well as
viewpoints on various aspects of Mormonism.

The "Pamphlets in American History" collection provides a rich source
of contextual background for your own family history project. It may
also provide a hitherto unknown source of information on individual
ancestors, and is worth a look on both counts.

Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101
Time is running short for you to register for this summer's new
mini-course scheduled for July 18-19, 2008, "Family History 101." We
encourage you to act today.  Margery Graham, CG and Steve Myers, MLS
are presenting the inaugural mini-course--an excellent way for the
beginner to get started, for newer researchers to review important
concepts and sources, and for seasoned researchers to refresh their
skills. "Family History 101" will cover the following topics:

Session 1: Getting Started on Your Family History
Start your family history adventure off on the right foot. Learn about
important first steps, home sources, interviewing, organizing what you
collect, standard forms, using computer catalogs, and more!

Session 2: Basic Research Methods
Learn how to plan a successful search, gather evidence, and record and
document what you find.

Session 3: Census Records – A Cornerstone Source
Learn how federal population schedules, state census records, as well
as auxiliary schedules and census substitutes can all help advance
your research.

Session 4: Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
Learn how to use published and online sources for vital records, how
to contact record offices, and how newspaper and cemetery records can
fill in the gaps.

Session 5: Published Local History & Family History Sources
Learn about the wealth of information available in local history
publications, how to track down obscure sources, and how to find out
what others have already done on your families.

Session 6: Directories, Maps & Gazetteers
Learn about the many features of directories, maps and place name
dictionaries that can help you pin down exactly where your ancestors
lived and what they were doing there.

The registration fee for the "Family History 101" mini-course is $50.
Checks should be made payable to "ACPL Foundation" and mailed to:
Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library, P.O. Box 2270, Fort
Wayne, IN 46801-2270. Mini-course attendance will be limited, so
register early to avoid disappointment. Additional information and a
workshop schedule will be posted soon on our Web site at

Researchers interested in future two day mini-courses will find
details in upcoming issues of "Genealogy Gems." Margery Graham and
Steve Myers are already scheduled to offer "Family History: Beyond the
Basics," covering more advanced sources and problem solving, on Friday
and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, 2008. An "Irish and Scots-Irish
Genealogical Research" mini-course is also tentatively planned for
March, 2009. Future workshops will feature advanced research topics,
English research and German research.

Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
by Delia Bourne and Melissa Shimkus
Our fourth-Saturday "Tree Talks" lecture series continues on Saturday,
June 28th with " Genealogy."  Presented by Sara Patalita,
this presentation will focus on the use of, a social
bookmarking web site which will help you to keep track of web sites
you find. will save your favorite web sites when you are
at home, or on the road.  You can even add 'tags' or descriptions to
your list of sites so they are easily searched.  Join us at the Main
Library at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A to learn from an expert!

On Saturday July 26, 2008 at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A, Steven W.
Myers will present
"An Introduction to Medieval English Genealogy." Learn about reliable
published sources that can be used to document and extend medieval
English pedigrees. Resources that are available in the Genealogy
Center will be highlighted.

Delia Bourne will be discussing "Vital Records & Their Substitutes" on
the fourth Saturday in August--the 23rd.  That program will also be at
10 a.m. in Meeting Room A, Main Library.

Military Symposium
by Delia Bourne and Melissa Shimkus
It is time to march . . . and register for the Military Symposium
scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2008. Marie
Melchiori, CG, CGL, a nationally acclaimed military records
specialist, will discuss National Archive records for the Civil war,
and research sources for Confederate and Federal soldiers. Curt
Witcher will highlight the Our Military Heritage website at Friday
evening's dinner.  And Saturday afternoon will provide opportunities
for individual consultations on your research challenges. Click on for
program and information on registration.

Registration (including Friday evening dinner) is $50 payable to the
Allen County Public Library.  You can simply send a check for $50 with
your name, postal address and email address to:  Military Symposium
2008, Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, P.O. Box 2270,
Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270.  If you have any questions, please feel
free to contact us at 260-421-1225 or Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info

Librarians on Parade
Curt Witcher
June 10, 2008 at 6:30 p.m., Bluffton-Wells County Public Library, 200
W. Washington St., Bluffton, IN.  Topic: "More than Surname Surfing:
Effective Use of the Internet for Genealogy"
June 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m., American Library Association Annual
Meeting, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.  Panel Presentation:
"What Can Genealogy Do For Your Library?"
August 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., Indiana Library Federation Reference
Division Annual Meeting, Allen County Public Library, 1st Floor
Meeting Rooms, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. "Something for Everyone:
Genealogical Reference Services in the 21st Century."
August 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. "Midwestern Roots 2008 Family History &
Genealogy Conference," Indiana Historical Society's History Center,
450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN.  Moderator for "The Evolution
of Genetic Genealogy" Panel.
August 15, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. "Midwestern Roots 2008 Family History &
Genealogy Conference" at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East
21st Street, Indianapolis. "Using Government Documents for
Genealogical Research."
August 16, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. "Midwestern Roots 2008 Family History &
Genealogy Conference" at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East
21st Street, Indianapolis. "Doing Effective Genealogical Research in
August 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies Conference on Jewish Genealogy at the Chicago
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, 540 North Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, Ballroom B. "Resources for Jewish Genealogical Research at
the New Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana."

John Beatty
August 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., Indiana Library Federation Reference
Division Annual Meeting, Allen County Public Library, 1st Floor
Meeting Rooms, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. "County History Book
Projects: An Opportunity for Local Libraries."

Delia Bourne
August 23, 2008 at 10 a.m., Meeting Room A, Allen County Public
Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. "Vital Records & Their

Steven Myers
July 26, 2008 at 10 a.m., Meeting Room A, Allen County Public Library,
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. "An Introduction to Medieval English

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)

June 18, 2008, Annual Meeting and Dinner, Don Halls Guesthouse.
Social starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Next ACGSI Meeting will be in September 2008.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) "First Wednesday" program
of lineage assistance is Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 9 am – 7 pm at the
Allen County Public Library's Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, in the
Genealogy Center.  Expert help from members of the DAR on becoming a
member of that organization.

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN

June 1, 2008, 2 p.m., Jim Sack presents "A Most German Town: How
Germans Came to Dominate Fort Wayne"

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

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 Ave. which
dead-ends at West State Blvd.  Make an angled left turn onto West
State Blvd.  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 from 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 $70.

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 Genealogy Center 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

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 Genealogy Center, 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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