Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 55, September 30, 2008
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 55, September 30, 2008

In this issue:
*Family History Month, Photographs & Holidays
*Adventurous Ancestors: Buccaneers, Privateers and Pirates
*Family Histories, County Histories & County Atlases on Microfilm
*Preservation Tip of the Month--Storing Artwork & Prints
*Celebrate 31 Days of Family History Month
*WinterTech 2008-2009
*Librarians On Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

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Family History Month, Photographs & Holidays
by Curt B. Witcher
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It's hard to believe we're starting the fourth quarter of '08!  It has
been a year of many great activities here in the Genealogy Center--I
hope you've had a chance to engage in some of your own family history
activities, research in the many rich resources of our collection, and
attend some of our programs.

I am sure you remember that October is Family History Month--a month
when we offer a robust suite of genealogical activities for your
enjoyment.  There is at least one activity going on each day of the
month, including three excellent full day or longer workshops.  If you
decide to participate, and we certainly hope you will (!), it will be
nearly impossible not to learn something and have a good time doing
it.  A link to the calendar of programs is further on in this
newsletter.

Staying active in your genealogical research gives you much to discuss
and share with your relatives during the holidays--and yes, those
holidays are just around the corner.  (Tell me you haven't seen
holiday decorations in your favorite store already!)  As you prepare
for the '08 holiday season, I have a book to recommend to you.  It is
called "Capturing Memories:  Your Family Story in Photographs" by
Maureen Taylor.  It is so new, our copy is still making its way to our
shelves for interested genealogists to use.

Maureen Taylor is an accomplished genealogist and author, and has
written rather extensively on using photographs in family history.
This most recent work, "Capturing Memories," is perhaps her best work
on the topic as she covers the subject so completely yet succinctly in
a style that is comfortable and easily read.  It is challenging to
pick a favorite part of the book, but if pressed, I would certainly
vote for the chapters on "Taking Better Pictures" and "Get the Whole
Family Involved."

The "Taking Better Pictures" chapter makes me feel more at ease by the
simple fact that Maureen doesn't tell us that taking pictures is easy.
 When someone tells me something is really easy and I don't master it
right away, I feel even less inclined to engage in the activity.  She
gives practical advice for helping you discover your style--what you
like and dislike about photographs--and then how to get more of what
you like.  She talks about practicing, composition, balance, and
setting up good shots.  Importantly, she reminds us that making
mistakes while learning is not a bad thing.  She also identifies
common mistakes individuals make in taking pictures.  Her tips and
rules are practical, easily understood, and doable.

In her chapter "Get the Whole Family Involved," Maureen has more
practical advice about involving everyone--from youngsters and
teenagers to grandparents.  She spends considerable time talking about
online sharing of family photographs.  You can truly share your family
photo album with any family member in the world who has access to the
Internet.  Now that's very cool!  Further, it is a fantastic way to
get all of the family involved in your family history endeavors.
Nothing makes people talk more than when they're looking at old
photographs.  Individuals who claim to have "nothing to tell" when
asked questions about their younger years find all kinds of things to
remark on when looking at photographs.

"Capturing Memories:  Your Family Story in Photographs" is available
both through Ancestry Publishing of Provo, Utah and on Amazon.com.
Make this the year you take, organize, preserve, and share your family
photographs.  In so many wonderful ways, they really do tell the story
of our families' lives throughout recent generations.

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Adventurous Ancestors:  Buccaneers, Privateers and Pirates
by Cynthia Theusch
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Have you ever wondered if one of your seafaring ancestors or
collateral family members was a buccaneer, privateer, or even a
pirate? Or were they victims of these adventurous groups?

Researchers can consult "Who's Who in Davy Jones' Locker?" [910.4
D758wh] for biographical details on more than 1150 pirates, buccaneers
and privateers to see if their ancestors were among them, but that is
just a start. Details of wild, 17th century buccaneer life are
recounted in "The Buccaneers of America" [929.11 Ex7b] by Alexandre
Olivier Exquemelin (also known as John Esquemeling) who was able to
draw on his personal knowledge and experience as a pirate under
Captain Henry Morgan. His travels and participation in various
seagoing adventures, including battles and assaults on various fleets
and islands, are all featured, as are highlights of the buccaneer
lifestyles of Francis L'Ollonais and Captains Henry Morgan, Coxon,
Sawkins, Sharp, and Cook. While some historians feel that
Esquemeling's account is more fictional than factual, and Henry Morgan
denied any participation in the activities and events ascribed to him,
this work is still quoted by scholars of the period.

In "Pirates and Privateers of the Americas" by David F. Marley [910.4
M343pi], more than 350 entries describe the buccaneers, privateers,
and pirates, as well as the places, events, weapons, ships, fleets,
and ports, that played a part in this period of America's history.
Henry Morgan, Thomas Paine (a co-founder of Trinity Church in
Newport), and Jeane Rose are just some of the pirates and privateers
mentioned.

Edgar S. Maclay's "A History of American Privateers" [973.001 Aa1Ly]
describes the close connection between U.S. naval history and
privateers in the time period from the War of Independence through the
end of the War of 1812. Another source, "Privateers & Volunteers: The
Men and Women of Our Reserve Naval Forces, 1766 to 1866" [973.001
St59p] by Reuben E. Stivers, contains information about the naval
services and fleets during this time period, along with useful
appendices, bibliography and index.

The sources mentioned above are just a few of the many books and
articles in the Genealogy Center that highlight the records, trials
and adventures of the various buccaneers, pirates, and privateers. To
locate other material on these adventurous ancestors, use the
"keyword" search in our online catalog at www.ACPL.Info and in the
"Periodical Source Index" (PERSI).

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Family Histories, County Histories & County Atlases on Microfilm
by Steven W. Myers
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The Genealogy Center currently has more than 362,000 printed volumes
and more than 588,000 microfilms or microfiche, so it is easy to
understand why many visitors narrow their search on any given day by
the format in which the source materials are found. Otherwise the task
could seem overwhelming. Genealogists often focus on the collections
of 57,000 family histories or hundreds of thousands of local histories
in print, the online databases, the county courthouse or National
Archives records on microfilm, or come prepared with dozens of
citations from our "Periodical Source Index" in order to locate
articles of interest. That approach is fine, as long as it is
recognized that each kind of record may be found in any format – in
print, on film and online. Most of us are aware, of course, that more
of everything is available online these days, so more researchers are
accustomed to searching for digitized census or courthouse records and
digitized printed histories and newsletters via computer. But some, I
fear, check our large collection of printed family histories or our
printed local histories and stop there.

Thousands of family histories, county histories and county atlases are
also available on microfilm and microfiche in the Genealogy Center. A
substantial portion of these are contained in the "Genealogy & Local
History Series" on microfiche. The Genealogy Center currently holds
the following portions of this set: Genealogy G1-G4754, Genealogy
Serials GS1-GS72, Local History LH1-LH6766 & LH7024, and Primary
Sources PS1-PS317. The multi-volume "UMI Guide to Family and Local
Histories" [call number 016.929 Um3] provides a detailed list of each
title in the series, as well as a geographic index and name index.

Additional complements to the outstanding print sources include sets
of microfilmed county histories and atlases for California, Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well
as hundreds more family histories on film and fiche. For county
histories and atlases check our online microtext catalog under the
"States" tab, and then look at the general listings for "County
Histories." For genealogies check under the "Family Histories &
Records" tab.

While many of these filmed sources are also available here in print,
some are not. So be sure to check our film collection for the many
useful family histories, county histories and county atlases available
only on microfilm and microfiche.

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Preservation Tip of the Month--Storing Artwork & Prints
by Becky Schipper
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Layer prints and pictures between sheets of acid-free tissue or in
sleeves designated for the type of work you want to store.  Place
these in acid-free folders, boxes, or envelopes.  Mat valuable pieces
before storing them.  It is best to store art work flat, though if you
prefer to keep prints, posters, etc. in a tube, be sure to put
acid-free tissue on the front side of the item before rolling it.  Do
not roll items tighter than three (3) inches.

Paper items should be stored in a cool, dry place.  Optimal
temperature is 65 – 70*.  Optimal humidity is 50%.  Extreme
fluctuations in temperature and humidity are detrimental to all types
of paper based objects.  Framed artwork can be stored vertically,
edges protected with padding and protected from each other with
archival dividers.

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Celebrate 31 Days of Family History Month
By Melissa Shimkus and Delia Bourne
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The Genealogy Center's Annual Family History Month has arrived. We
have a calendar packed with activities to instruct you in research
techniques, educate you about history, and inspire you with new ideas
in the quest for your family history!

The daily events include lectures on subscription databases and
sessions on Adobe PhotoShop, Microsoft Word, WeRelate, German and
Irish research.  Weekends are especially rich with the Ulster
Historical Foundation's workshop on Saturday October 4th,  as well as
the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana's Beginning Genealogy
workshop on October 11th, and the Beyond Basics workshop on Friday and
Saturday, October 24th and 25th.

Of course, the month will end with our much-anticipated Midnight
Madness extended research hours, this time on Halloween, Friday
October 31st. This popular annual event offers an opportunity for
genealogical networking and camaraderie, as well as the treat to be in
the Genealogy Center after the rest of the Main Library closes for the
evening. Whoooo wants to attend? You do, of course!

A calendar and list of events are available at the Genealogy Center's
Special Programs page at
http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/programs.html . Some sessions have
limited space, so register soon by calling 260-421-1225, or by email
at Genealogy [at] ACPL.info .

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WinterTech 2008-2009
By Melissa Shimkus and Delia Bourne
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Beat the winter blues over the next several months by expanding your
knowledge of online genealogical sources and techniques by attending
one (or more) of our WinterTech programs. These hour-long classes are
on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:30 pm, scheduled so that
you can double your pleasure by attending the Allen County
Genealogical Society of Indiana monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m. on
the same dates. On November 12, find out about Newspaper Searching
with Ancestry's Historical Newspapers and Newspaper Archive, presented
by Delia Bourne. Learn about Searching Ancestry.com from Melissa
Shimkus on December 10. On January 14, 2009, Cynthia Theusch will
offer a WeRelate.org Overview. And we will conclude this series with
Don Litzer explaining that online genealogical searching is Not Just
Ancestry on February 11. Keep track of the dates by checking
http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/WinterTech.pdf .

Call 260-421-1225 to register, or email your registration to
Genealogy [at] ACPL.info . Let your computer monitor keep the dark winter
days bright!

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Librarians on Parade
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Curt Witcher
October 30, 2008----Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Finding the World with
WorldCat"
November 1, 2008--Elkhart County Genealogical Society Fall Workshop,
Rush Memorial Center, Bristol, IN, 9A-4P.  Topics will include:
"Passenger & Immigration Records;" "Using Church Records in Your
Genealogical Research;" "Mining the Motherlode, Using Periodical
Literature for Genealogical Research;" and "Effective Use of the Allen
County Public Library Genealogy Center.'
November 8, 2008--Hamilton County Genealogy Society Veteran's Day
Program, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine
Street, Cincinnati, OH.  "Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for
Military Records and Research" with an overview of military records
and evaluative strategies.

John Beatty
October 14, 2008----Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Maps of Fort Wayne and Allen
County"
October 26, 2008-----Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 1P-2P, Meeting Room A. "Histories of Fort Wayne and
Allen County"

Delia Bourne
October 9, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Using PERSI (Periodical Source
Index)"
October 16, 2008----Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Introduction to
Footnote.com"
October 19, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 1P-2P, Meeting Room A. "Using PERSI (Periodical Source
Index)"
October 23, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Overlooked Civil War Sources at
ACPL's Genealogy Center"
October 28, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Introduction to Footnote.com"

Don Litzer
October 5, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 1P-2P, Meeting Room A. "Using the Catalogs of the Genealogy
Center"
October 7, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Theater. "First and Next Steps in German Research"
October 13, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Gems at the Crossroads of America:
The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library"

Steve Myers
October 3, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 11A-12N, Meeting Room A. "Resources for Irish Research in
the Genealogy Center"
October 24 & 25, 2008 (with Marge Graham) --Allen County Public
Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Rooms A &
B. "Family History: Beyond the Basics--A Mini-Course" (six separate
lectures with research consultations)

Melissa Shimkus
October 2, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Searching Ancestry.com"
October 10, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Land Records"
October 18, 2008-- Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Using HeritageQuestOnline"
October 21, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Searching Ancestry.com"
October 27, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Theater. "Female Ancestors"

Cynthia Theusch
October 6, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Computer Classroom. "Creating/Editing Wiki Pages in
WeRelate"
October 12, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Organizing Your Genealogical Files"
October 17, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 10A-11A, Meeting Room A. "Research Sources Outside the
Genealogy Center"
October 20, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, IN, 2P-3P, Meeting Room A. "Searching the Wiki Pages of
WeRelate"

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

October 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library's Main
Library, 900 Library Plaza., Meeting Room C.  Jeanne Stump will
present "Doing Research in Scotland and Lithuania."

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

October 5, 2008 2 p.m., G. Stanley Hood will present "The Political
History of Allen County: How Did a Solid Democratic County Become a
Solid Republican County?"

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Driving Directions to the Library
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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:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&addtohistory=&address=900%20Webster%20St&city=Fort%20Wayne&state=IN&zipcode=46802%2d3602&country=US&geodiff=1

>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.

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Parking at the Library
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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.

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Genealogy Center Queries
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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
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.

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Publishing Note:
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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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