Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 52, June 30, 2008
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 52, June 30, 2008

In this issue:
*What's Up With All the Programming?!
*Ontario Place Name Research: Land Ownership Maps & More Place Name
Resources, Final Part
*Civil War Headstones
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*GenealogyCenter.Info Data Additions
*Genealogy Center Mini-Course
*Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
*Military Symposium
*A Family History Month Early Reminder
*Librarians On Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

What's Up With All the Programming?!
by Curt B. Witcher
What's up with all the public programming?!  It's a question I have
heard more than a few times since we opened our new Genealogy Center
last year and began hosting, sponsoring and simply presenting more
programs.  And the answer is quite straightforward--it's a great way
to learn!  It's a great way to discover good genealogical searching
practices and pick-up new techniques; it's a fantastic opportunity to
overcome research dead-ends and brick walls; and it's a terrific way
to network and hear how others solve their research challenges.  I
cannot count the number of times, just this year, I have heard someone
leave a genealogy seminar or workshop excited about a new source they
just had been exposed to, or exclaim something along the lines of, "I
didn't know that!"

We believe the programming component of our Genealogy Center is nearly
as important to 21st century genealogists as our deep and rich
collection of books, serials, and microforms, and the mega-data files
such as and that we license.
There is so much good data available on the Internet, as well as in
libraries and archives, that it often may border on information
overload.  I believe that nearly persistent state of overload causes
many to focus almost exclusively on searching for data, and less and
less on evidence evaluation.  We continue to offer a wide range of
programs to assist you in finding more ancestors among all the "stuff"
you have collected.  The variety of programs should at least tempt
everyone.  Just take a look at the upcoming line-up.

**July 18 & 19, Margery Graham and Steven Myers are presenting "Family
History 101: A Two Day Mini-Course."  One could not ask for two more
experienced researchers and articulate presenters.  If you're thinking
"I'm not a beginner--I don't need this," I'd only ask "Are you sure?"
I have found there's always more to learn.  And two days with two
experts for $50 is a bargain.
**Less than two weeks after that, Steven Myers is presenting an hour
lecture on "Medieval English Genealogy."
**On the last Saturday of August, Delia Bourne is presenting an hour
lecture on "Vital Records and Their Substitutes."  Ms. Bourne has been
actively involved in genealogical and local history research for more
than three decades--and you get her undivided attention for an hour or
more on, yes, a vital subject.  And the rest of the day can be spent
**September 26 & 27, Marie Melchiori will be the featured speaker for
our first Military Symposium. Two days shoulder to shoulder with a
certified research expert and lecturer--and Friday dinner as well--for
$50. That's another bargain!  A couple cannot even get a good dinner
these days for $50 and with the Military Symposium you'll get three
presentations over two days and individual consultation opportunities
plus a meal.
**Every day in October of 2009 will have at least one genealogical
program or event.

More details on all these opportunities are on our website at:
www.ACPL.Info/genealogy/programs.html  Can you afford to miss them?

I know some might be tempted to declare that with gas prices as high
as they are, it is impossible to even consider attending regional and
national seminars and workshops.  I say it's nearly impossible *not*
to attend.  The value is that high--and there are ways of reducing
costs.  Let's suppose gasoline is at $5 per gallon (thankfully it is
not there yet!).  If you bring just two other genealogy friends with
you (and who doesn't have two genealogy friends close by?!),
everyone's fuel cost is approximately $1.67 per gallon.  Hotel rooms
in downtown Fort Wayne average from a low of around $69 per night to a
high of about $149 per night.  (Short, easy driving distance just
outside downtown Fort Wayne there are even more economical
possibilities.)  Let's use the highest figure.  At $149 per night,
with all the applicable taxes, the cost of a room would be about $175.
 Divide that by three and each person's share is just a little under
$59 per night.  Pick a hotel more in the middle of the price range,
and one can get the per-person cost down to just over $32 per night.

So my question persists--how can one afford not to come?  The
networking with other genealogists, the practical experiences one can
gain from experts actively engaged in research, and the exposure to
new sources simply cannot be matched by "going it alone online."  And
even in these tough economic times, it is affordable.

Ontario Place Name Research: Land Ownership Maps & More Place Name
Resources, Final Part
by Don Litzer
As Canada's most populous province, Ontario is of interest to many
researchers with Canadian ancestral connections, and maps identifying
places and linking ancestors to those places are important sources. A
burst of publishing of county atlases and maps reached most Ontario
counties between the early 1860s and the early 1880s. These maps often
show the names of individual landowners, names and locations of
cities, villages, post offices and other places, administrative
divisions, and transportation and economic networks.

The Genealogy Center owns copies of three early land ownership maps
originally published from 1861 to 1864 (covering Waterloo, Lanark &
Renfrew, and Elgin Counties) and listed in "County Maps: Land
Ownership Maps of Canada in the 19th Century" (971.003 N21c), compiled
by Heather Maddick. Mary Kearns Trace's "Guide to Southern Ontario
Place Names for Family Researchers" (971.3 T67g) is useful both as a
gazetteer and bibliographic guide, since it extracts information,
including outlines of township boundaries and a list of place names,
from Ontario county atlases dating from 1862 to 1881. The Genealogy
Center owns original copies or reprints of more than thirty such
atlases referenced in Trace's work and/or in "County Atlases of
Canada: A Descriptive Catalogue" (971.003 M45c), compiled by Betty

Ontario counties represented by more recent atlases include Wentworth
(1903) (971.301 W48i) and Wellington (1906) (971.34201 H62h). Specific
call numbers for other county maps and atlases can be readily obtained
by searching the Allen County Public Library Catalog online at

Several other sources for identifying Ontario place names and their
origins are worthy of mention. The "Canada Gazetteer Atlas" (971
C1602), published in 1980, is the most detailed print atlas for place
names and physical features, and has an extensive index, though
transportation information is limited and it does not show municipal

Alan Rayburn's "Place Names of Ontario" (971.3 R21p), the three-volume
"Places in Ontario: Their Name Origins and History" by Nick and Helma
Mika (971.3 M58p), and Herbert F. Gardiner's classic "Nothing But
Names" (971.3 G17n) are among other monographic works at the Genealogy
Center describing the locations and origins of Ontario place names. A
useful online gazetteer, Geographical Names of Canada, is also
available at <>. It provides
the geographical location of all existing townships, villages, towns,
cities, counties, districts and regional municipalities.

Civil War Headstones
by Melissa Shimkus
Have you lost your soldier? Tracing an individual after the Civil War
can sometimes be a harrowing experience. During the War many soldiers
realized there were other areas of the country to be explored. Later,
with westward expansion and the desire to own land, some of these men
moved their families. If you have a lost Civil War soldier after the
war, "Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War
Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903" (NARA microfilm publication M-1845) may
help you locate him.

After the Civil War, the Office of the Quartermaster General
established a Cemetery Branch. The Cemetery Branch was primarily in
charge of creating and maintaining national military cemeteries.
Congress decided on March 3, 1873 to allow honorably discharged Civil
War veterans to be buried in national military cemeteries. Six years
later, in 1879, the Act was broadened so veterans buried in private
cemeteries could receive government headstones.

This microfilm set consists of twenty-two reels containing records
arranged alphabetically by surname then given name. The records are
for those soldiers who fought for the Union and died between 1861 and
1903. Some War of 1812 Veterans can be located on this film as well.

These records can be helpful to those who have lost a Civil War
soldier because of the specific information provided concerning the
individual and his headstone. The soldier's name, rank, company,
regiment, and date of death are provided. The burial information given
is the cemetery name, town or county, and state. For example, Charles
Amick died January 24, 1877. A former private in the Michigan Cavalry,
he was buried at Breedsville Cemetery, located in the town of
Breedsville, Van Buren County, Michigan. Although Harry Baker served
as a Private in Company K of the 24th Wisconsin Infantry, he was
buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado after his death
on February 10, 1903.

The microfilmed "Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased
Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903" is a source worth the
attention of Union Civil War researchers. It offers additional
evidence of an ancestor's wartime service and supplies genealogical
information. The record is especially useful in providing a burial
location for soldiers who may have migrated. An index and viewable
images of the more than 166,000 cards on this microfilm set is also
available now online at for those who have access to that
subscription website.

Preservation Tip of the Month
by Becky Schipper
A bit of terminology . . .

"Sometimes confusion arises concerning the terms 'restoration' and
'conservation.' Restoration refers to the reconstruction of the
aesthetic appearance of an object.  Restoration can be one aspect of
conservation though the latter encompasses much more.  Conservation
involves examination, scientific analysis, and research to determine
original structure, materials, and extent of loss. Conservation also
encompasses structural and environmental treatment to retard future

"Conservation professionals have considerable practical experience, a
broad range of theoretical and scientific knowledge, and a commitment
to high standards and performance. A conservator may be trained at a
conservation graduate training program or by lengthy apprenticeship
with experienced senior colleagues."

"Conservators tend to work in private practice or for a museum,
library, historical society, or similar institution."

Quote from: The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and
Artistic Works

GenealogyCenter.Info Database Additions
It has been a wonderfully busy month of activity on the
GenealogyCenter.Info website.  Our commitment to continually adding
data to this site remains strong as evidenced by the variety of
additions listed below.

***In the "Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana Databases" section of
the website we have posted the following.
+Under "Allen County Church Burial Records" we added early burials for
the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
+Under "Allen County Burial Permits" we added the 2007 listing

***In the "Our Military Heritage" portion of the website we have
posted the following.
+Under Civil War: "Abstract of General Orders and Proceedings of the
26th Annual Encampment, Department of New York, G.A.R."
+Under Indian Wars: "The Black Hawk War, Including a Review of Black
Hawk's Life"
*Under Revolutionary War: "Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Spring
Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio"
+Under WWI: "With a Field Ambulance at Ypres, Being Letters Written
March 7 - August 15, 1915"
(by William Boyd)
*Under WWII: "The World War II Letters of Maxwell P. Smith"
+Under Directories, Yearbooks, and Other General Works: "Names of
Invalid Pensioners of the United States Who Have Been Admitted to the
Rolls Since March 3, 1849"

Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101
Register now for this summer's new mini-course scheduled for July
18-19, 2008, "Family History 101." 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
Session 2: Basic Research Methods
Session 3: Census Records – A Cornerstone Source
Session 4: Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
Session 5: Published Local History & Family History Sources
Session 6: Directories, Maps & Gazetteers

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,
July 26th with Steve Myers giving "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. Join us at the
Main Library at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A to learn from an expert!

The August 23rd "Tree Talks" lecture series will feature Delia Bourne
discussing "Vital Records & Their Substitutes," also at 10 a.m. in
Meeting Room A, Main Library.

Military Symposium
by Delia Bourne and Melissa Shimkus
September's "Tree Talks" series offers the much-anticipated Military
Symposium on Friday and Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2008. Marie
Melchiori, CG, CGL, a nationally acclaimed military records
specialist, will discuss National Archive military records, 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

A Family History Month Early Reminder
by Melissa Shimkus and Delia Bourne
Don't forget the Genealogy Center's annual Family History Month in
October, featuring daily events including lectures, computer classes,
research consultations, a workshop presented by the Ulster Historical
Foundation with personal consultations, the two-day mini-course
"Beyond Basics," and finishing with the ever popular Midnight Madness
with research hours extended to midnight on Friday October 31st. A
calendar and list of events will soon be available at the Genealogy
Center's Special Programs page at . Mark your
calendars now!

Librarians on Parade
Curt Witcher
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)

Next ACGSI Meeting will be in September 2008.

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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