Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 56, October 31, 2008
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 56, October 31, 2008

In this issue:
*SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT--One Day Closing, November 21, 2008
*Honoring Our Veterans
*News of the Plains and Rockies
*Locating Irish Manuscripts in "Hayes"
*Preservation Tip of the Month--Tipping-in Loose Pages
*WinterTech 2008-2009
*Librarians On Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

++Please note this important announcement++  The entire Allen County
Public Library system including the Genealogy Center will be closed
Friday, November 21, 2008 for a staff in-service day.  We will be open
Thursday evening, November 20, 2008 until 9 p.m. and open again on
Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 9 a.m.  Again, please note that the
Genealogy Center will be closed on Thursday, November 21, 2008.

Honoring Our Veterans
by Curt B. Witcher
"Every generation, the possibility . . ." Likely some of you have
heard me use that phrase in relationship to the military engagements
of this country and the records those engagements have generated.  In
a few days we will have another opportunity to take at least a few
moments to honor our veterans, past and present.  I would like to
challenge you to "go tangible" this year in honoring our veterans.
Truly honor our current veterans and our ancestors who were veterans
by really doing something.

For veterans in your family today, take a few minutes to write them a
note or a letter, or create a personal memento.  In our
technology-filled world of email, IM, text messaging, and social
networks, hand-written letters or personally crafted mementos mean
more than ever.  And it certainly demonstrates you cared enough to
take some time to do something out of the ordinary--it shows how
deeply you care.  Mementos can be as simple as taking a copy of an
enlistment photograph or other personal document and mounting it on
acid free scrapbook paper while "framing" it with red, white, and blue
ribbon or sparkles--all things you can find in the scrapbooking
section of discount stores, at online scrapbooking sites, and in
scrapbooking outlet stores in nearly every community.

For those who do not have a living veteran in their immediate family,
certainly you know someone in your neighborhood, at your church, or at
work who has a veteran in their family.  A note or card of thanks to
them would mean more than you might think, as would a freshly baked
pumpkin pie at their Thanksgiving dinner table.  And the same kind of
memento you could craft for a family member also might be crafted for
a neighbor or friend's family member.

For those who may not yet know if they have an ancestor who served in
the military but want to do something tangible, you can create a
manageable preservation project that may only take an hour or so to
do.  Such a preservation project could be locating a small to
modest-sized local cemetery.  Grab your digital camera and walk
through that cemetery taking a digital image of every military
tombstone.  It might be neat to take along a child or grandchild,
pointing out the different wars, ranks, and other tombstone art and
markers.  It could be one of the most wonderful learning experiences
of that young person's life.  And in addition, you will have helped
preserve that data for researchers to use.

Finally, as part of a plan to "go tangible," I am asking that everyone
reading this ezine digitize a military document, a photograph of a
soldier, or other military artifact in your collection and preserve it
for future generations of researchers by sending a digital copy to our
Genealogy Center to post on the "Our Military Heritage" website
<www.GenealogyCenter.Info/military/>.  Since we launched that website
in February of this year, more than twenty thousand images have been
made available in various formats for researchers to use.  We'd like
to see that number grow as we strive to provide the maximum amount of
free, useful data to assist those doing military history research as a
part of their family history projects.

Before you send us the image, practice the "reporter's trade" of
answering the questions of who, what, when, and where.  Example:
Samuel B. Franklin, service record cards, Civil War, served from New
York; or, Arthur Jenkins, photograph, 1944, Fort Benning, GA.  Send
that descriptive information to us as well.  If the image and
associated data is less than one megabyte, you can send it to me as an
email attachment.  If it is a larger file, send me a disk at ACPL
Genealogy Center, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN, 46801-2270.  And if you've
walked that small to modest-sized cemetery with your child or
grandchild, go ahead and send us a CD of the images you've captured
with permission to post them online.  Your entire family will be proud
of the tangible effort you've made to honor our military--those who
are serving now and those who sacrificed before them.

News of the Plains and Rockies
by Delia Cothrun Bourne
There are many misconceptions about how the American West was settled,
and the conditions faced by explorers, settlers, Native Americans, and
military men and their families. "News of the Plains and Rockies,
1803-1865," compiled and annotated by David A. White (978 N474), can
help dispel some misconceptions and provides first person narratives
and modern commentary on a wide variety of experiences encountered by
the inhabitants of the early West.

Subtitled "Original narratives of overland travel and adventure
selected from the Wagner-Camp and Becker bibliography of Western
Americana," this set of eight volumes, covering the area from the
Mississippi River to the west coast, is divided into 26 sections,
featuring early explorers, fur hunters, Santa Fe adventurers,
settlers, missionaries, Mormons, Indian agents and captives, warriors,
scientists, artists, gold seekers, railroad forerunners, and mailmen.
Each section begins with a timeline, a perspective to provide
historical background on the articles, and a map showing locations of
interest. Each article begins with a short paragraph on the
significance of the item, and information on the author. Volume 8 also
includes a cumulative index by name (often identifying the person by
occupation), tribe, locale, subject or ethnic group. For example, in
volume 3 there is a mention of Acadians in the background notes to
Modeste Demers' account of his 1848 journey from Fort Vancouver to

Although the only Fort Wayne mentioned is the one located in Oklahoma,
near what is now Watts, volume 3 contains a report by Isaac McCoy, a
Baptist missionary to Fort Wayne in its earliest days who worked for
many years trying to protect the rights of Native Americans and insure
a location for them to settle. In his 1832 report to the Secretary of
War, he describes the areas of Oklahoma where some Native Americans
had settled, including the problems of getting to the area, as well as
how the various tribes were faring. Various emigrant guides in volume
6 detail mileage to each point, and describe crossings, camp sites,
and waterways. Volume 7 contains a map of "Key Points for Mailmen,
1851-1865," while in volume 8 Norton Newton Palmer recalls his
experiences at a Mormon dance party in Salt Lake City during his 1853
journey from California.

The 168 reports in this set, along with the perspectives and
timelines, provide interesting lessons in the history of the American
West, and should be examined by all with a research interest in the

Locating Irish Manuscripts in "Hayes"
by John D. Beatty
Many genealogists are well acquainted with the famed Public Record
Office fire of 1922 in Dublin, which destroyed many original records
for Ireland. In spite of that loss, many archival sources useful to
genealogists have survived in repositories around the globe. In an
attempt to provide bibliographic access to these important sources,
Richard Hayes, director of the National Library of Ireland from 1940
to 1967, edited an 11 volume work titled "Manuscript Sources for the
History of Irish Civilisation." Often referred to simply as "Hayes,"
this index and its supplement reference personal names, subjects, and
places associated with archival sources located in 678 libraries and
archives in thirty countries, as well as in more than 600 private
collections. The work covers manuscripts relating to Ireland and the
activities of Irishmen at home and abroad from the fifth through
twentieth centuries. The original eleven volumes, consisting of some
310,000 entries, were published in 1965. A three volume supplement
appeared in 1979, adding 73,400 more entries. Both sets are available
on microfiche in the Genealogy Center.

Hayes divided the work into five sections, with indexes to persons,
subjects, places, dates, and manuscripts (by repository). Most
genealogists go directly to the name section, where they can search
not only for surnames of interest, but also for the names of
landlords, whose estate papers may be of genealogical value. For
example, under "Grogan" one will find reference to the Grogan family
papers, "about 150 documents relating to estate and domestic accounts
of the Grogan family of Johnstown, Co. Wexford, 18th–19th c."
Researchers should also consider searching by place, looking first for
the county and then for the townland, town, or parish. Place names are
not always in strict alphabetical order, and names beginning with
"Bally-" are often interfiled with those beginning "Bali-" and
"Ballin-." Searching by subject reveals such headings as "rentals,"
"wills," "workhouses," and "Methodists," among many others. Each entry
lists the repository where the manuscript is located, together with a
manuscript or catalog number. From here the researcher will need to
contact the relevant repository directly for a copy of the manuscript,
or use the reference number in planning a research trip to see it. The
"Hayes" index is a useful way to locate obscure and little-known Irish
sources and is a "must-see" for any genealogist with an Irish

Preservation Tip of the Month--Tipping-in Loose Pages
by Becky Schipper
Tipping in loose pages requires the following materials.
*PVA Adhesive
*Wax Paper
*Straight Edge
 *Exacto Knife

The page to be tipped-in may need to be trimmed to fit back into the
book unobtrusively.  If there is enough margin it is best to trim the
inner edge of the page.  Place a small bead of adhesive along the
inner edge of the page.  Align the page top, bottom, and front edge
with the text block.  Rub down if needed.  Place wax paper on both
sides to keep any adhesive from adhering to the pages next to the
added one.  Place a weight on the book and allow it to dry.
Materials needed to do tip-ins are available from library supply
catalogs and most craft stores.  Try looking at online office,
library, and art supply sites as well.

WinterTech 2008-2009
By Melissa Shimkus and Delia Bourne
Another Family History Month is, well, history, but there are still
wonderful opportunities to expand your knowledge of family history
sources in the upcoming months by attending our WinterTech line-up.
Take advantage of these hour-long classes on the second Wednesday of
each of the next four months, at 2:30 pm. The series kicks off on
November 12, as you learn about "Newspaper Searching with Ancestry's
'Historical Newspapers' and 'Newspaper Archive'" from Delia Bourne.
Next, Melissa Shimkus will teach you about "Searching" on
December 10. Cynthia Theusch will offer a " Overview" on
January 14, 2009, and finally, Don Litzer will remind you that online
genealogical searching is "Not Just Ancestry" on February 11. Keep
track of the dates by checking . And remember that
these are scheduled to coincide with the Allen County Genealogical
Society of Indiana's monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m. on the same
dates. Call 260-421-1225 to register for a WinterTech program, or
email your registration to Genealogy [at] . Conserve energy this
winter by combining attendance at WinterTech and the ACGSI meetings
with research time in the Genealogy Center!

Librarians on Parade
Curt Witcher
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.
November 13, 2008--Garrett Public Library, 107 West Houston Street,
Garrett, IN, 6P-7P, Herzer Hall.  "Something for Everyone: Online
Resources for Family History."

Delia Bourne
November 12, 2008--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN, 2:30P-3:30P, Meeting Room A. "Newspaper Searching with
Ancestry's 'Historical Newspapers' and Newspap4er Archive'"

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

November 12, 2008 at 7 p.m. (social time begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the
Allen County Public Library's Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Meeting
Room C.  A panel of ACGSI members will present "Publishing a Book from
Your Genealogical Research."

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

November 2, 2008, 2 p.m., Alfred J. Zacher will present "Why Presidents Succeed"

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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