Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 53, July 31, 2008
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Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 53, July 31, 2008

In this issue:
*Finding and Placing Your Data
*A Valuable Guide to Scots-Irish Sources
*Annals of Cleveland: Cleveland Newspaper Digest and Cleveland Court
Record Series
*Preservation Tip of the Month
*Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
*Family History Month Line-up
*Librarians On Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

Finding and Placing Your Data
by Curt B. Witcher
I hope you are enjoying a summer filled with family gatherings and
other family history gathering opportunities.  There are a lot of
exciting activities taking place in the Genealogy Center.  Our
materials collection continues to grow at an amazing rate; our suite
of program offerings continues to expand; and the Center continues to
have many days where energized researchers are making neat family
history discoveries.  With so much data continuing to be mounted on
the web, as well as finding a home on our shelves, making
consequential genealogical discoveries increasingly depends on one's
ability to know where to look for data and how to analyze that data
once it is found.  I'd like to share just a few short items with you
that might impact where you find and where you place your family data.

The Foundation for Online Genealogy continues to do very fine work
developing the website.  With over two million names and
associated data, it is the largest genealogy wiki on the Internet.
Add to that the more than five million genealogy web pages that can be
searched using a new search protocol, and this WeRelate website is a
must visit.  Visiting for the first time or visiting again, I believe
you'll be pleased.

While we are talking about, I must ask if you have
thought about what will happen to your family history data in case of
a natural disaster or other calamity.  In the recent past, how often
have we heard about wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and
earthquakes?  Among the first things people grieve after such horrible
events is the loss of family history data, family heirlooms, and other
memorabilia.  Why not take advantage of the free archiving service
provided by WeRelate?  You can upload GEDCOM files to WeRelate, or you
can simply create person or family pages on the site, where individual
or family specific data can be keyed and digital data can be linked.
In addition to creating a safe place from which you can access your
family history data, you are also making it available to other
researchers--preservation and accessibility!

Our first two-day, classroom-style mini-course on beginning genealogy
was a big hit this month!  The class was full and we had a waiting
list.  The next two-day mini-course is scheduled for Friday and
Saturday, October 24-25, 2008.  It is titled, "Family History: Beyond
the Basics."  Again taught by two experts, Marge Graham and Steve
Myers, this course will provide an up-close look at major record
groups, problem solving strategies, and tracing your ancestors across
the Atlantic.  It is definitely not too early to register.  If you
wait too long, you may end up on the waiting list!  The
information-packed program can be found at the URL below.

A Valuable Guide to Scots-Irish Sources
by John D. Beatty
A large number of Americans, including this writer, can trace at least
a portion of their ancestry to so-called Scots-Irish settlers from
Ulster who immigrated to America in the eighteenth century. The
challenge of researching these families is often fraught with a
variety of difficulties, chief among them identifying the exact place
in Ulster where the immigrant originated. Even if the birthplace is
known, it can be difficult to identify extant sources in Ireland that
might provide useful information. A popular misconception is that the
1922 Public Record Office fire destroyed all valuable Irish source

William Roulston's book, "Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The
Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800,"
(Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2005) (Gc 941.6 R759r) comes
to the rescue and provides an important tool for what is admittedly a
difficult area of research. The words "essential genealogical guide"
in the book's title are not an overstatement. Roulston, the Research
Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, has produced
the most authoritative book on this subject to date. He begins with a
short overview of Ulster history and follows with chapters on church
records, gravestone inscriptions, seventeenth and eighteenth century
records, landed estate records, deed records, wills and testamentary
papers, election records, local government records, military records,
newspapers, genealogical collections, and other miscellaneous sources.
The book is also enhanced with maps of the counties of Antrim, Armagh,
Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan, and Tyrone.

Each section in the book is richly detailed with references to
specific sources, many of which are located in the Public Record
Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). An appendix on church records
lists, alphabetically by town, all extant seventeenth and eighteenth
century registers and vestry minutes. A second appendix, arranged by
county, lists extant estate collections with their PRONI or National
Library of Ireland catalog numbers, while a third appendix, arranged
alphabetically by parish, lists a variety of pertinent records, giving
users an easy means of cross referencing estate papers and census
substitutes for areas of interest. Genealogists will find many new
leads, especially with respect to estate papers, whose value is often
not fully appreciated by American researchers.

Roulston himself will be at the Allen County Public Library, together
with Brian Trainor, for a Scots-Irish workshop on October 4. Come and
take advantage of the opportunity to hear one of the foremost
authorities in this field. The book is also a valuable read and is
frequently consulted in my own personal research.

Annals of Cleveland: Cleveland Newspaper Digest and Cleveland Court
Record Series
by Delia Cothrun Bourne
As difficult and demoralizing as the Great Depression was, some
wonderful buildings, artwork, and historical sources were created as a
result of make-work schemes coordinated by the Works Progress
Administration. Along with vital record and cemetery indexes, slave
narratives, and historical resource surveys, newspaper transcriptions
and abstracts were created, and among those abstracts were the "Annals
of Cleveland." The "Annals" consists of the "Cleveland Newspaper
Digest" 1818-76 and the "Cleveland Court Record Series" 1837-77.
Newspapers abstracted include the following: the "Cleaveland Gazette
and Commercial Register" later the "Cleaveland Register" 1818-20, the
Cleveland "Herald" 1819-34 and 1836-47, the Cleveland "Whig" 1834-36,
the "Daily True Democrat" 1848-53, the "Forest City Democrat" 1853-54,
and the Cleveland "Leader" 1854-76. The "Annals" are available in the
Genealogy Center both on microfiche and in bound volumes (977.102
C59an and 977.102 C59ana), although the "Newspaper Digest" books only
cover 1818-1858.

The first years of the "Newspaper Digest" are arranged
chronologically, and then switch to a subject-oriented arrangement.
Subjects include, but are not limited to, such diverse topics as
Accidents and Disasters, Transportation, Courts, Mathematics,
Intoxication, Crime, Marriage, Divorces, Canals, Office Holders, and
Lectures and Speeches. An every name and subject index appears
annually to provide a citation number. Although these are abstracts,
there are some entries that indicate that the piece is verbatim.
Subject classification lists, as well as abstracts on the subject
"Canals and Canal Boats," are online at toDM.htm

As with the newspapers in any good sized town of the era, marriage and
death notices included information from other areas of the state, as
well as for former residents. Militia notes usually only named
regimental commanders, but occasionally the election or appointment of
officers was noted, as was the case on May 28, 1824 when the officers
of the 3rd regiment, Ohio Militia were listed. Accidents included the
drowning death of Lanson Bristol, a 21-year old man of color from New
York, who died June 4, 1825. Marriage and Family citations noted
Eugene Jumont's removal from the custody of his parents in 1866
because his mother abused him, even threatening her husband when he
tried to defend the 11-year-old. In 1871, juvenile delinquents accused
of theft, destruction of property, loafing around, and the
misappropriation of peaches were listed by name, and the newspaper
encouraged their incarceration at the reform farm.

As usual, newspaper abstracts make for interesting browsing, but the
"Annals" are also a valuable source for researching ancestors in the
Cleveland area, certainly one worth examining.

Preservation Tip of the Month
If you are attending a family reunion this summer, you may receive
some valuable family documents and heirlooms.  Storing them properly
for future generations to enjoy should be a high priority.  What
typically affects the longevity of documents and artifacts is the
environment in which they are stored.

**Light affects documents and artifacts--store them away from both
natural light and artificial light.
**Dirt and dust affect documents and artifacts--store them in a clean container.
**Chemicals, particularly acidic containers and papers, affect
documents and artifacts--store them in acid-free containers.
**Changes in temperature and humidity affect documents and
artifacts--store them where both are consistent.

A few simple steps will help ensure generations of enjoyment.

Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
by Delia Bourne and Melissa Shimkus
Our fourth-Saturday "Tree Talks" lecture for August will be on the
23rd, and will feature Delia Bourne discussing "Vital Records & Their
Substitutes."  The presentation will be at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A,
Main Library.

September's "Tree Talks" will be a real treat--it is the Military
Symposium and it will span two days, Friday and Saturday, September 26
& 27, 2008.   As previously noted in past "Genealogy Gems," 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.  Saturday afternoon will provide opportunities for individual
consultations on your research challenges. Click on for
program and information on registration.

While the September "Tree Talks" is not free, is well worth the fee.
Ms. Melchiori is an expert worth hearing--extremely knowledgeable yet
easy to understand.  And the registration cost of $50 (payable to the
Allen County Public Library) includes Friday evening dinner!  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

Family History Line-up
You've simply must check-out the Family History Month line-up of
programs planned for this coming October *and* make plans now to
attend a good number of the sessions being offered.  See the calendar
at:  www.ACPL.Info/genealogy/FamilyHistoryMonthActivities.pdf  Look
for a special announcement about our 2008 Family History Month
activities in next month's edition of this e-zine.

Librarians on Parade
Curt Witcher
August 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., Indiana Library Federation Reference
Division Annual Meeting, Allen County Public Library, Theater, 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
Libraries;" and 4:00 p.m. "Who Went Where . . . & Did What?! Using
Directories in Genealogical Research."
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."
September 3, 2008 at 10:15 a.m. Federation of Genealogical Societies
2008 Annual Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center. "Past
Perfect: The Best of Times for Serving Genealogists."
September 5, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. Federation of Genealogical Societies
2008 Annual Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center. "All
that Other Stuff: Enumerations Beyond the Federal Census Records."
September 6, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. Federation of Genealogical Societies
2008 Annual Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center. "Looking
for the Whites of Their Eyes: Online Sites for Revolutionary War Data
and Research."
September 10, 2008 at 6:30 p.m., Allen County Genealogical Society
Meeting, Allen County Public Library, 1st Floor Meeting Rooms, 900
Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. "What's New at the Genealogy Center."
September 20, 2008, Permian Basin Genealogical Society Fall Workshop,
Odessa, TX. "Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to
Find All the Answers," "An Ancestor's Death: A Time for Reaping,"
"Using Military Records for Genealogical Research," and "More Than
Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogy."

John Beatty
August 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., Indiana Library Federation Reference
Division Annual Meeting, Allen County Public Library, Theater, 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

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

September 10, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library's
Main Library, 900 Library Plaza., Theater, Lower Level 2.  Curt
Witcher will present "What's New at the Genealogy Center."

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

September 14, 2008, 2 p.m., Russell A. Working presents "Growing Up in
Indian During the Great Depression Years"

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
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errors.  However, the publisher does not assume any liability to any
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