Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 73, March 31, 2010
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Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 73, March 31, 2010

In this issue:
*Learning Opportunities Abound
*Guide to Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestor
*Passengers in the Records of the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, 1819-1838
*Technology Tip of the Month--Photo Restoration with Adobe Photoshop,
Version 9.02: Helpful Resources
*Preservation Tip of the Month--Conversation vs. Preservation
*Beginning Genealogy
*Questions About
*Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101
*Genealogy @ Night
*Librarians on Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for the Department

Learning Opportunities Abound
by Curt B. Witcher
Learning opportunities really do abound with April’s line-up of area
seminars and the continual stream of new data coming online.  And
that’s following a month of great attendance at our “March
Madness--Genealogy Style” programs.  Attendance figures far exceeded
our numbers from last year. Like me, many of you also must have a
passion for learning and exploring new resources.  I hope wherever you
are, you had opportunities to take advantage of seminars and
workshops.  Besides great information, they provide networking
opportunities that are both amazing and motivating.

The library and the Genealogy Center are hosting the Indiana
Genealogical Society’s Annual Meeting and Conference on Saturday,
April 10, 2010, with a preservation seminar being offered the previous
day, Friday, April 9th.  A number of Genealogy Center staff will be
presenting at the conference, with the featured presenter being Dick
Eastman.  It is a very engaging and timely lineup of topics.  More
information about the seminar and the conference can be found on the
Indiana Genealogical Society’s website at <>.  Those
attending either the conference or the seminar will be able to take
advantage of extended research hours in the Genealogy Center from 6P
to 12 midnight on April 9th.  That is a real bonus for any educational

And never fear, we will have an opportunity for those taking advantage
of the extra hours to enjoy the “Who Do You Think You Are” episode
airing that Friday evening on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.  It just so happens
that episode is scheduled to be a repeat of the first episode
featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and her ancestral quest.  So, what do
you think of the series?  From my perspective, it is well done and has
generated a lot of excitement--among those just contemplating getting
started and those who did some genealogy in the past but for whatever
reason gave it up.  Although celebrities are featured, I really
appreciate that one is left with the sense “Hey! I can do that!”  The
number of viewers the show is getting each week is impressive as
well--between 6.2 and 7 million.  Maybe that’s why the Allen County
Genealogical Society’s Beginning Genealogy Workshop at the library
this Saturday (April 3rd) has more than eighty people pre-registered
rather than the usual twenty to thirty.  For more information about
that, visit the society’s website at <>

This month, we saw the total number of digitized books and pamphlets
from our new Lincoln Financial Collection eclipse the one thousand
mark.  As of this writing, there are 1,126 items available for free
viewing and downloading on the Internet Archive.  To access the
Lincoln Financial Collection online, simply use this URL:
<> For Lincoln scholars,
students, hobbyists and interested others, this is a rapidly growing
collection to explore and enjoy.

Guide to Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestor
by Cynthia Theusch
French Canadian researchers are fortunate in their descent from one of
the most well-documented population groups on the planet. The nearly
complete survival of church records from the 17th century to the
present allows genealogists to readily construct lengthy pedigrees
just by linking the evidence provided in marriage records. Of course,
there is much more than that to be done and the resources that can be
applied to the task might easily overwhelm someone new to this area of
research. Most of the important sources are available in the Genealogy
Center Collections. “French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for
Genealogists” (971.4 F887) is a useful handbook that can aid the
researcher in navigating the wealth of material available.

Important introductory chapters provide a timeline for genealogists
and explain French-Canadian naming patterns that may be quite
unfamiliar to American researchers. For example, married women
helpfully appear in official government and church documents under
their maiden name, while the varied use of one or more middle names
can sometimes be confusing and a stumbling block to recognizing an
ancestor in the records. The dominant use of French also means that
your ancestor Jean de Quesey may actually be an Irishman, John Casey,
in disguise. In addition, many French Canadian families used alternate
surnames or “dit” names. The French word “dit” literally means
“called.” In records, Jean Baptiste Vilat dit Beausoleil may appear
alternately as J. B. Vilat dit Beausoleil, J. B. Vilat or J. B.
Beausoleil, so researchers must be on the lookout for all variations.
In many cases, the “dit” name eventually replaced the original

Separate chapters describe each major reference work and give tips for
its use. Basic printed sources such as Tanguay’s “Dictionnaire
Genealogique des Families Canadiennes” (971.4 T156D) and Jette’s
“Dictionnaire Genealogique des Families du Quebec” (971.4 J51D) are
covered, as are basic microfilm sources such as the “Loiselle Marriage
Index” (cabinet 87-O-5) and the “Repertoire Alphabetique des Mariages
des Canadiens-Francais 1760-1935” (cabinet H-1). The Genealogy Center
also has the “Drouin Collection” of church records on microfilm
(cabinets 87-89). Researchers can access the index at

Other chapters of “French-Canadian Sources” discuss the use of
notarial records and devote 35 pages to an annotated bibliography of
additional secondary sources. Useful appendices include a map of
historic Quebec counties, lists of censuses and census substitutes,
dates in French, and an extensive list of French vocabulary. Anyone
venturing into the realm of French Canadian research will find this
guide valuable.

Passengers in the Records of the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, 1819-1838
by Steven W. Myers
Genealogists whose ancestors traveled to or through Canada before 1865
are often challenged by the lack of passenger arrival lists. One
source that came to light just a few years ago is a boon to
researchers and helps fill this void. The records of the St. Lawrence
Steamboat Company, operated by the Molson family of brewery fame,
include information on the passengers and freight carried between
Montreal and Quebec by 15 steamboats and two barges in the years 1819
to 1838. Part of the Molson Archives, these records are now available
in the Genealogy Center on 16 reels of microfilm (cabinet 89-O-2).

The lists include thousands of names and indicate whether the
passenger traveled in cabin or steerage, their destination, including
some intermediate ports such as Sorel and Three Rivers, the amount
charged and the amount paid. The identification of passengers is often
scant. Sometimes only the initial of the first name is supplied and
groups usually appear as “Wm. Robinson, wife and 2 children” or “John
Smith and 2 friends.” Still, even that could be useful when other
sources are lacking and some entries do provide more. For example,
among passengers on the “Malsham’s 8th Trip, Quebec to Montreal, 3rd
July 1819” were “Widow Caldwell & 5 Child[ren], 4 above 12 yrs [and] 1
under 12 yrs.” Jean Stamel’s passage on July 10th 1819 was “to be paid
by Maitland & co” according to the remarks column, indicating a
relationship worth investigating. Some passenger names appear
regularly and probably represent local residents traveling on business
or making social visits, but many are immigrants just passing through.

Crew lists and wage books provide additional opportunities for
researchers and record the name, position, rate, lost time and
remarks. Among the crew of the New Swiftsure were Pierre Beaumont,
Seaman, who “June12th went ashore sick, returned July 5th” and Thomas
Armstrong, Cook, who was “sent ashore for thievery” on June 2nd. The
wage book for 1832 indicates that on May 17 Antoine Bibeau, sailor,
was paid “in full for 12 days” service on the steamboat Chambly.

Even the freight lists could be useful to those researching local
businesses, merchants and others. Among the freight on the Chambly’s
7th trip from Quebec to Montreal on May 22-24, 1828 were one horse and
one piano forte for Col. Brown of the 79th Regiment Highlanders,
resident in Montreal, as well as one basket for Mrs. Ogden of St. Paul
Street. The freight lists can also indicate a consignee’s occupation
as when two boxes of tin and one sheet of lead were shipped to E. Hart
& Sons at Three Rivers, or when a consignee was identified as “R.
Penn, ordnance store keeper.”

If you have ancestors who lived in or traveled through the
Quebec-Montreal corridor in the years 1819-1838, these lists are worth
a look. An index and transcripts of the passenger lists are available
online at

Technology Tip of the Month--Photo Restoration with Adobe Photoshop,
Version 9.02: Helpful Resources
by Kay Spears
I will close this series on photo restoration by providing you with a
list of books and websites that I have found to be very helpful.

Eismann, Katrin. “Photoshop Restoration and Retouching.” Berkeley,
California: New Riders, 2006.
McClure, Rhonda. “Digitizing your Family History.” Cincinnati, Ohio:
Family Tree Books, 2004.

WEB SOURCES:  An “everything you want to know about technology”
website. Great if you are looking to purchase something and don’t know
what to do. An amazing website!  Adobe website  Wonderful message board.  Info on TIFF, JPEG, etc.  Hewitt Packard website  Library of Congress
information on the “Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs,” with
a table of photographic processes.  Safeguarding European Photographic Images for
Access website. There is a lot of information about scanning,
preservation and the history of photographs.

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS:  Library of Congress “Prints & Photographs Online Catalog”  Internet Archive is currently scanning books for free
viewing on the web.  The Library of Congress, Cornell Library,
National Library of Scotland and Allen County Public Library are a few
of the organizations involved.  Victoria and Albert
Museum. This site has one of my favorite photographic collections from
the Lafayette studio, located in Dublin and open from about 1897 to
1925.  The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative website
has a great African-American studio portrait collection.  Allen
County Public Library Community Album

OTHER STUFF:  Megapixel calculator.  Vivid Light Photography, a monthly online photo magazine.  Light Impressions online catalog for
archival supplies.  The Computer Graphics Society, a Society of Digital
Artists, has a fun site if you are interested in digital art. Some of
the latest Photoshop techniques are explored in the forums on this

Next month: Further Adventures with Adobe Photoshop: Exploring the
Layers Palette, Part I

Preservation Tip of the Month--Conservation vs. Preservation
by Becky Schipper
Over the course of a year I am asked many questions about preservation
and conservation topics.  Two of the more frequently asked questions
and my responses are listed below.

How is conservation different from restoration?
There is some confusion regarding the terms “restoration” and
“conservation.” Restoration is one type of conservation treatment.
Restoration specifically refers to an attempt to bring an item closer
to its original appearance. The other type of conservation treatment
is stabilization. Stabilization refers to an attempt to maintain the
integrity of an item by minimizing or arresting deterioration.

How and where can I get something appraised?
Conservation professionals can identify or provide more information
about an item, but they should not appraise it for monetary value. The
American Institute for Conservation recommends that you solicit
appraisals from a designated appraisal expert. Two recommended sources
are the Appraisers Association of America <>
and the American Society of Appraisers <>

Beginning Genealogy
Take a minute to register for the Beginning Genealogy seminar
scheduled for Saturday, April 3, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 PM. Margery
Graham, C.G., will provide information on beginning research,
methodology and organization, and finish with a tour of the Genealogy
Center. Remember that even experienced researchers may need to review
these basics. This program is sponsored by the Allen County
Genealogical Society of Indiana. Fee $10. Pre-registration required.
Call 260-672-2585 for more information, or use the registration form
at .

Questions About Using
Want to improve your Ancestry search techniques? Feel that you’re not
fully using the tools at your disposal? Come learn from Delia Bourne
as she talks about “Searching,” on Saturday, May 15,
2010. is a collection of valuable research databases.
Maximize the possibilities for success by attending Saturday, May 15,
2010, in Meeting Room A, from 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit
our website at and
register via email at Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info or by calling 260-421-1225.

Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101
Our very popular mini-course, "Family History 101," will be offered
June 18 and 19, 2010.  Instructors Margery Graham, CG and Steve Myers,
MLS, will again provide 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  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, September 17-18, 2010.

Genealogy @ Night
This summer, take the opportunity to expand your research knowledge
after the heat of the day but before the Sun goes down. On the third
Tuesday of June, July, and August, the Genealogy center will offer a
research guidance lecture. Cynthia Theusch will offer information on
doing "French Canadian Research at ACPL" on June 15, John Beatty will
present "Researching Indiana Court Records" on July 20, and Dawne
Slater-Putt will cap the series by telling us about "Cataloging 3-D
Items & Heirlooms" on August 17. All of these are at 6:30 PM in
Meeting Room A. Look for more information at our Website and remember to
register soon via email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info or by phone at
260-421-1225. Plan to visit us in the evenings this summer!

Librarians on Parade
Curt Witcher
April 10, 2010, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft.
Wayne, IN, Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference,
2 p.m.  Presentation: “’Our Military Heritage’ and WeRelate: Two
Digital Initiatives of the ACPL Genealogy Center.”
April 23, 2010, SeaGate Convention Centre, downtown Toledo, OH, Ohio
Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  8 a.m. presentation: “This I
Believe: The Urgent Need to Record Living History.” 1 p.m.
presentation: “More Toys & A Bigger Sandbox: Online Advances for

Melissa Shimkus
April 10, 2010, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft.
Wayne, IN, Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference,
11 a.m.  Presentation: “Voyages At Your Fingertips: Online Immigration
April 14, 2010, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft.
Wayne, IN, 7 p.m., Meeting Room A.  Presentation: “Before Crossing the
Ocean: American Records of Our Immigrant Ancestors.”

Kay Spears
April 10, 2010, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft.
Wayne, IN, Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference,
3:30 p.m.  Presentation: “Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop.”

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
April 14, 2010, 6:30 p.m. social time; 7 p.m. program.  Allen County
Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN, Meeting Room A.
Melissa Shimkus will present “Before Crossing the Ocean: American
Records of Our Immigrant Ancestors.”

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
April 4, 2010, 2:00 p.m. – Mac Parker will present “Economic History
of 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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