Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 82, December 31, 2010
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 82, December 31, 2010

In this issue:
*Happy New Year and Happy 50th!
*Mexican American Biographies
*Finding Canadian Settlers in British Military Records
*Technology Tip of the Month--Inserting Images into Shapes Using
Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010
*Preservation Tip of the Month--Care and Management of CD-ROMs/DVDs
*One Millionth Item Added to The Genealogy Center Collections
*National Black Genealogy Summit--Save The Date
*WinterTech 2010-2011 In The New Year
*March Madness--Genealogy Style
*Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part One--A Two-Day Mini-Course
*IMPORTANT NOTICE--Closed January 28, 2011 for Staff Day
*Librarians on Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

Happy New Year and Happy 50th!
by Curt B. Witcher
With the dawning of 2011 comes the 50th anniversary of The Genealogy
Center! So while wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous New
Year, I’d also like to be among the first to wish a Happy Golden
Anniversary to The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public
Library! I hope you will celebrate this milestone with us by becoming
even more engaged with The Genealogy Center in the New Year. We will
be using the entire year of 2011 as a time to celebrate our 50th
anniversary. I do hope you will join in!

To begin the celebration, and to give you a few ideas for New Year’s
resolutions, here’s a list of 50 things you can do throughout 2011 to
make it a genealogically significant year.

1. Visit Fort Wayne’s Genealogy Center in person. You just might be
surprised at what you find and what a great time you’ll have.
2. Visit Fort Wayne’s Genealogy Center virtually. A growing list of
resources, guides, and searchable data files are at for free use.
3. Regularly write new chapters of your story in a journal--create a
bit of family history for your descendants who will want to know your
life’s story.
4. Visit a living relative. It’s never too soon to capture another
story, or to record another digital image of the person or of a
recently discovered document that the relative has.
5. Visit a dead relative. Capture a digital image of the tombstone,
the plot, or some marker you don’t already have in your digital
6. Look at a new/different piece of genealogical software--just for
the fun of it!
7. Explore the cloud! Investigate whether cloud computing offers you
the ability to engage in your genealogical research, as well as
preserve and share your findings, in a better way.
8. Explore an aspect of social media that is new to you. See if this
exciting frontier in the technology space can help you do more
genealogy better.
9. Write the most concise explanation possible of why discovering
family history and doing genealogical research is important to you.
10. Organize the photocopies and research notes that have been
stacking up in your office, or on your dining room table, from
numerous previous research outings.
11. Commit to not engaging in “file-by-pile” when returning from
research outings. Who knows, it’s a habit that might catch on!
12. Convert more of your paper files to digital files for increased
flexibility in preserving them and sharing them.
13. Attend a local genealogy seminar near your home. There is still
great value in networking with people who share our interest and our
14. Attend a regular monthly or quarterly meeting of your local
genealogical society.
15. Volunteer to do something tangible and specific to assist your
local genealogical or historical society.
16. Attend a regional or national genealogy seminar.  They are so
spread across the country in 2011: RootsTech in Salt Lake City, UT;
the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, MA;
NGS in Charleston, SC; the Southern CA Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank,
CA; FGS in Springfield, IL; and the National Black Genealogy Summit in
Fort Wayne, just to name a few.
17. Join the genealogical society in your local area even if you may
not have ancestors in that area. You’re supporting good works.
18. Join the genealogical society in the area from whence an ancestor
hails. It could be the key to unlocking some of your research
19. Start a blog. (Yes, I know I already mentioned exploring social
media, but this is more specific!) You can devote it to your own
family research or to an aspect of research you most enjoy such as
tombstone iconography, military veterans, etc.
20. Volunteer to become an indexer for FamilySearch, for’s World Archives Project, or for a project of your local
21. Volunteer to help organize original records for The Genealogy
Center in Fort Wayne or in your own community. You may find some
treasurers while helping many others with their research.
22. Map (literally!) the geographic route from you to your earliest
confirmed ancestor (and maybe plan an excursion along some of it for
your next genealogy road trip!).
23. Make a calendar of ancestral birthdays and anniversaries. It’s
just something fun to do and a great holiday gift for next year.
24. Read the history portions of those older county and town histories
in which you found write-ups about your ancestors. It puts their lives
in context.
25. Write your own version of the history of the town during the
time(s) your ancestor(s) lived there. It’s a neat exercise in research
and in discovering local history.
26. Write-up some family research you have done and “publish” it by
placing a copy (paper or electronic) with The Genealogy Center here in
Fort Wayne. You’ll be sharing and preserving.
27. Take photographs of a family heirloom and write a story about why
that object is important in your family’s history.
28. Find a scout troop and offer your assistance to scouts interested
in genealogy.
29. Offer your assistance to a local 4-H young person working on
her/his genealogy exhibit.
30. Take a GPS device to the cemeteries in which you have ancestors
buried and record the additional location data.
31. Abstract or index names found in the oldest newspaper(s) in your
town and publish them on the USGenWeb, through The Genealogy Center,
or in the publications of your local genealogical society.
32. Digitize old family documents and photographs, and then share them
with family members.
33. Organize your photographs--paper or digital. Let’s get them all identified!
34. Pick one reluctant relative and share a digital image of something
with him/her. If a picture is worth a thousand words, you might be
surprised by with how much the person opens up and tells you.
35. Attend a meeting of your local records advisory board. Nearly
every unit of local government has an entity that determines how long
local records need to be held and when they can be “destroyed.” If we
never show up, these boards could get the notion we don’t care.
36. Review old research notes and folders in your genealogical filing
cabinet (real or virtual). You may find some answers just waiting for
37. Investigate whether there is a lineage society for which you
qualify. It could be residency-based, military-based, or based on some
other life event or activity. Applying is a great exercise in
organizing your research and making someone else understand what you
38. Visit a cemetery, any cemetery. See what local history you can
learn from those buried there--the tombstone iconography, layout of
the plots, the special markers, the surnames, the photographic images,
and any notes or mementos left at the gravesites.
39 Create memorial pages on complete with photographic
images, or post images to memorials already online.
40. Take a young person with you on your next genealogical research
outing. You’ll be surprised how fascinated youngsters and
grandchildren are about what we do! (Yes, it is a genealogist’s
version of “take your child to work day!”)
41. Register as a user of (Don’t worry, it’s free!)
42. Upload a GEDCOM file to (Still no worries--also free!)
43. Add information and sources to pages already on
(Yup, you guessed it--still free!)
44. Interview your older relatives. Start with the ones you’ve always
wanted to get around to interviewing but haven’t. (Yes, that means
*all* your older relatives!)
45. Have interested relatives help provide off-site storage and data
security for your valuable research by giving them electronic copies
of your genealogical records.
46. Organize your personal library so you stop buying the same books
twice. Keep a simple spreadsheet or word-processing document, or start
a file on a website such as
47. Create a piece of art centered on family history information:
family scrapbook, shadowbox, webpage, quilt, etc.
48. Get a friend to subscribe to “Genealogy Gems.”
49. Subscribe and/or get a friend to subscribe to “Eastman’s Online
Genealogy Newsletter.” (Yes, I know it’s hard to believe not everyone
subscribes, but I don’t think he has millions of subscribers yet!)
50. Contribute an anniversary gift to The Genealogy Center--$50 seems
like a nice number, but assuredly all gifts are welcome.

Put some of these on your New Year’s resolutions list while helping us
celebrate 50 years! Best wishes for much happiness and great success
in your genealogical endeavors in 2011!

Mexican American Biographies
by Dawne Slater-Putt, CG
Researchers with Mexican American heritage having someone of
prominence in their family may find that person featured in Matt S.
Meier’s book, “Mexican American Biographies: A Historical Dictionary,
1836-1987” (973 M475m). Meier saw a need for a comprehensive
biographical source for Chicano “prominentes” and compiled about 270

As his criteria, Meier chose individuals who were recognized by their
peers for significant professional achievement, or who filled a
position of considerable civic responsibility. The former category
features scholars, writers, athletes, business people and those active
in the arts. The latter group includes ambassadors and politicians. In
each case, the person’s role in the Chicano experience was considered.

Nearly 200 of the biographies are contemporary, such as that of Oscar
J. Martínez. Born in 1943 in San Francisco del Oro, Chihuahua, Mexico,
Martínez moved to El Paso, Texas. He was fascinated with the federal
border and its role in Mexican and American society, and became one of
the leading U.S. border historians.

Other sketches are of Mexican Americans of previous generations, such
as José Antonio Navarro, 1795-1871, lauded as “co-creator of Texas.”
Born in San Antonio, he helped write the constitution for the new
country of Texas when it became independent from Mexico, and later was
involved in writing the state constitution when Texas was annexed to
the United States. He also served in the Texas state senate, ran a
successful mercantile business and was a rancher.

Biographies in Meier’s work focus primarily on each individual’s
professional and public life. Family information is not included
except when it contributed to the person’s development in his or her
field. The sketches do include year of birth and year of death, if
applicable. Most biographies include suggestions for further reading.

The sketches are arranged alphabetically by surname. Meier explains
some spelling and accent anomalies in his preface, such as the
arrangement of the biography of Lorenzo de Zavala under “Z” for
Zavala, rather than under “D” for de Zavala. Appendices list biography
subjects by field of achievement and by state. A comprehensive index
is included.

This source has limitations for the genealogist – it features only
prominent individuals and includes limited family data – but it can be
a source of important background information on Mexican American
history that may help researchers fit their own ancestors’ experiences
into context.

Finding Canadian Settlers in British Military Records
by Cynthia Theusch
Finding evidence of early settlers can be challenging for many
genealogists who trace their ancestors to Canada. One seldom used
resource of value in such a search is the collection of “British
Military Records, ‘C’ Series, 1757-1899, located at the National
Archives of Canada” and also available on 584 reels of microfilm. The
Genealogy Center has a small selection of these manuscript records, on
three reels of microfilm, that relate specifically to “Settlers,
1794-1853.” These manuscripts are chock full of the kinds of documents
genealogists treasure. Bound in 17 volumes, numbered 618-634A, this
particular selection is part of the “Correspondence of the Military
Secretary of the Commander of the Forces.” Among the correspondence
concerning settlers are petitions, military discharge papers,
passenger lists and other documents that could provide you with
information otherwise unavailable. A small sampling will illustrate
this point.

The first page in volume 619 is a 1794 petition bearing the signatures
of settlers in the County of Lincoln. Volume 621 includes a petition
dated 27 August 1816 and written by Norman Stewart on behalf of more
than 70 Scottish emigrants sailing from Liverpool on the brig “John
and Samuel.” Having left late in the season the group was petitioning
for a grant of land and winter provisions. Stewart submitted a list of
men in the party and the number in each household. Surnames included
McKinnon, MacLeod, MacDonald, Chisholm, and others.

A list of 177 passengers on board the “Commerce” from Port Greenock in
1820 closes out volume 625. This list is more detailed than many early
passenger manifests and includes name, age, sex, complexion, hair
color, height, and occupation, as well as the specific place, parish
and county of their former residence, destination and other remarks.
Most of the passengers hailed from Lanark and Renfrew.

Alexander McLeod’s petition for a land grant is bound in volume 626.
Dated December 7, 1821, it included a copy of his military discharge
and provides a wealth of details. Born in the Parish of Cloen, County
of Inverness, Scotland, Alexander McLeod served as a Corporal in Major
Logan’s Company in the 95th Regiment of Foot for seven years and 299
days. He listed his numerous places of service and mentioned being
severely wounded more than once. Discharged in 1816, he came to Canada
in 1818 with his wife and two children. To prevent its improper use,
Alexander’s discharge provided a physical description. “He is about
seven and twenty years of age, is five feet seven inches in height,
brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion and by trade a labourer.”

Each volume has a handwritten alphabetical index including personal
names, places, military units and other subjects. If you have
ancestors who settled in Canada after the Revolutionary War, you may
find evidence of their arrival in this “British Military Records”
collection. If you can’t visit Fort Wayne, the entire collection is
available through the Family History Library’s film loan program.

Technology Tip of the Month--Inserting Images into Shapes Using
Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010
by Kay Spears
I know I promised an article on footnotes; however, thanks to an alert
reader we are going to cover inserting images into shapes using
Microsoft Word version 2010 (version 2007 is similar). The
instructions in the previous article worked for version 2003.

Newer versions of Microsoft Word combine the standard menu bar,
taskbar and toolbars into what is called a “ribbon.” The tabs on the
“ribbon” are: File, Home, Insert, Page layout, References, Mailings,
Review, and View. Choose the Insert tab, click on Shapes, and then
select one of the many shapes available. As soon as you pick a shape,
your cursor turns into a cross. Holding down the left click button on
your mouse, drag and your selected shape will appear. The easiest way
to insert an image into the shape is by right clicking on the shape.
When you do so, the old drawing toolbar and a shape menu will pop up.
I will now explain how to insert an image by using each of those

The Paint Bucket method: Click on the Paint Bucket drop down arrow and
four options for further action appear: Fill Colors, Picture,
Gradient, and Texture. Click on Picture. An Insert Picture dialog box
will open. Locate the folder with your image in it and click on that
image, then click on Insert at the bottom of the dialog box. Your
selected image will fill the shape.

The Shape Menu method: Right click on the shape and find Format Shape
at the bottom of the menu. Click on Format Shape, and then Fill.
Select Picture or Texture Fill, then click Insert From: Fill. An
Insert Picture dialog box will open. Locate the folder with your image
in it and click on that image, then click on Insert at the bottom of
the dialog box. Your selected image will fill the shape.

Once your image is inserted into a shape, the Format Shape dialog box
becomes a Format Picture dialog box. Those who have worked with Adobe
Photoshop or Elements may be familiar with some of the visual effects
tools that Microsoft has placed in this dialog box. I’d recommend
experimenting with these options: Reflection, Glow and Soft Edges,
Picture Correction, Picture Color and Artistic Effect. I think you'll
be pleased with some of the effects you can produce with these tools.

Next article: Inserting Images into WordArt Using Microsoft Word 2007
or 2010. Yes, it can be done!

Preservation Tip of the Month--Care and Management of CD-ROMs/DVDs
During the holidays, you’ve likely taken a number of digital pictures,
and perhaps even exchanged information electronically with a family
member. As your thoughts turn to backing up that data and you plan to
use CD-ROMs or DVDs, we have a couple of common-sense tips for you.

*Use a soft marker to label the disks.
*If you're going to use a label, use one that covers the surface
evenly. Don't use something like a return address label, as it will
make the disc off-balance in today's high-speed drives, causing damage
to the disc and/or the drive.
*Burn more than one copy, and store a copy in a different location
than the computer. If your house burns down, the back-up disk doesn't
do you any good if it was laying next to the computer.
*Check your media periodically, perhaps once every six months. If
something is wrong, immediately burn another copy from one of the
other backup disks.
*Use only high-quality media. In most cases, you do get what you're paying for.
*Don't use re-writable CDs or DVDs. The chemical process that allows
the recording media to be written onto repeatedly is not as stable
over the long term.

One Millionth Item Added to The Genealogy Center Collections
Just shy of its 50th anniversary, the celebrated Genealogy Center of
the Allen County Public Library has added the one millionth item to
its research collections. The rare volume, titled The Men and Women in
World War II from Avoyelles Parish, features photographs and brief
biographies of 1,340 individuals who served in the armed forces from
this rural Louisiana parish. Only three other copies are known to
exist in a library anywhere. One is in the Louisiana State Archives
and two are in the Avoyelles Parish Library in Marksville, Louisiana.
Published shortly after the war and bound in a patriotic red, white
and blue cover, the book is a fitting representative of The Center’s
renowned collection of local history materials that covers all of
North America and includes many hard-to-find and unique items – items
that keep Fort Wayne on the travel itinerary for genealogical
researchers. It is also representative of efforts to continue building
a collection of resources that complement The Center’s new “Our
Military Heritage” website, home to an expanding array of unique,
digitized military records. The same resourceful staff that tracks
down such unique additions also offers expert assistance to visitors
conducting research in The Genealogy Center’s collections or attending
one of The Center’s many fine educational programs. To discover more
about The Genealogy Center’s collections, online databases, programs
and other services, or about how to begin your own genealogical quest,
visit the new website at

This valuable historical work was purchased from one of a number of
antiquarian book vendors The Genealogy Center uses to acquire
significant works for genealogists and historians. The funds to
acquire this particular work were taken from The Genealogy Center’s
gift fund, a fund that receives monetary gifts from grateful customers
to support collection building activities of The Center.

National Black Genealogy Summit--Save The Date
The African American Genealogy Society of Fort Wayne and the Allen
County Public Library with its Genealogy Center proudly present this
unique opportunity: National Black Genealogy Summit. The theme of the
summit is African Diaspora: Awakening Our Legacy. Prospective, novice,
intermediate, and advanced genealogists will convene for the National
Black Genealogy Summit, October 20 – 22, 2011 at the Grand Wayne
Center and Allen County Public Library (ACPL). This conference
promises an innovative, comprehensive, and hands-on approach to
genealogical and historical research. Experts in African American
genealogy will demonstrate research strategies, provide useful tips,
and explore new resources. Extended research hours in the Allen County
Public Library's Genealogy Center will be available exclusively to
conference attendees.

The ACPL Genealogy Center is internationally acclaimed for being the
world’s second largest repository of genealogy resources. The
comprehensive collection contains more than one million textual items
and access to billions of searchable records offered through major
online genealogical databases. All are available for free use in the
Center.  Expert staff, well-versed in genealogical research, is always
available to assist researchers.

Conference Planning Committee consists of the Allen County Public
Library (Curt Witcher and Josette Jordan); African American Genealogy
Society of Fort Wayne (Roberta Ridley); It is Well With My Soul &
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (A Public Service Organization) Fort
Wayne Alumnae Chapter (Dr. Ruby Cain); African/African American
Historical Museum (Dr. Miles S. Edwards and Condra Ridley); and It is
Well With My Soul & The Links, Incorporated Fort Wayne Chapter (Linda

Information about lodging accommodations and the program for the
National Black Genealogy Summit will be available in January 2011.Save
the dates October 20-22, 2011. And visit the website often for new
details; www.BlackGenealogyConference.Info.

WinterTech 2010-2011 In The New Year
Start the New Year honing your technology skills by attending our
WinterTech lectures. Take a day for genealogy on the second Wednesday
of January and February. Do a bit of research in the morning, attend
the WinterTech class at 2:30 in the afternoon, and then stay for the
Allen County Genealogy Society of Indiana's monthly meeting at 7:00 in
the evening. January 12th will feature Melissa Shimkus on "Becoming
Expert at Using Ancestry." features one of the largest
collections of genealogical databases available. Join us in learning
how to perform advance search techniques, read the results, and become
expert within Ancestry. Then in February, Dawne Slater-Putt will guide
us in "Exploring the Ever Expanding FamilySearch." Call 260-421-1225
to register, or send us an email at Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

March Madness--Genealogy Style
Plan on celebrating the end of winter by attending The Genealogy
Center's version of March Madness, Sunday March 13 through Saturday
March 19, 2011. Plan to attend some or all of the following programs.

* Why Do I Want to Look at a Revolutionary War Pension? Sunday, March
13, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Meeting Room A

* Searching the Internet for Your Genealogy (Using Google and Other
Search Engines). Monday, March 14, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Meeting Room A

* Writing Personal History: Doing for Our Descendants What We Wish
Great-Grandma Had Done for Us. Tuesday, March 15, 10:00am-11:00am ,
Meeting Room C

* ACGSI Computer Interest Group. Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm-9:00pm,
Meeting Room B

* Beginning Virginia Genealogical Research. Thursday, March 17,
2:00pm-3:00 pm, Meeting Room A

* Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 1 - A Two-Day Mini-Course.
Friday & Saturday, March 18-19, 9:00am-4:00pm, Meeting Rooms B&C.
NOTE: Registration and a $50 fee are required for this program.

Check our website for more
information. Call 260-421-1225 to register, or send us an email at
Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info .

Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part One--A Two-Day Mini-Course
After you've celebrated St. Patrick's Day, take time to expand your
research skills by attending Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy, Part 1
on Friday & Saturday, March 18-19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in Meeting
Rooms B&C. This two-day mini-course, taught by Steve Myers, is an
excellent way for researchers with little or no experience in Irish
records to receive a thorough grounding in the sources and techniques
that lead to success. Classes include: “Doing Your Homework in North
American Sources;” “Getting the Lay of the Land: Irish Place-names,
Maps & Gazetteers;” “Griffith's Valuation and the Tithe Applotment
Books;” “Church Records and Heritage Centres;” “Civil Registration &
Other Vital Records Sources;” and “Censuses & Census Substitutes.” A
complementary Part 2 mini-course, tentatively scheduled for March,
2012, will cover additional topics such as using Irish manuscript
collections and local history publications. Cost for both days is $50.
Program details and registration information are included in the
brochure at
Attendance is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. For
more information, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

IMPORTANT NOTICE--Closed January 28, 2011 for Staff Day
The Allen County Public Library and its Genealogy Center will be
closed Friday, January 28, 2011 for Staff Development Day. We will be
open the day before, Thursday, January 27th, our regular week day
hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. And we will be open the Saturday after,
January 29th, our regular Saturday hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Librarians on Parade in January & February 2011
Curt Witcher
January 7, 2011--RUSA/ALA pre-conference program, Valencia
Park/Malcolm X Branch of the San Diego Library, 5148 Market Street,
San Diego. Program: “Marching On: Online Sites for 19th Century U. S.
Military Veterans.”

February 10-12, 2011--RootsTech: A Genealogy & Technology Conference,
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friday, February
11th: Opening Keynote Session; Saturday, February 12th, Federation of
Genealogical Societies’ Luncheon, “High Touch and High Tech: Being a
Successful 21st Century Genealogical Society.”

February 26, 2011--Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society & Hemet
Public Library Seminar, Hemet Public Library, Upper Floor, 300 East
Latham Avenue, Hemet, California. Presentations: “Historical Research
Methodology,” “Using Church Records for Genealogical Research,”
“Mining the Motherlode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical
Research,” and “Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records
and Research.”

Steve Myers
January 8, 2011--Detroit Society for Genealogical Research & Oakland
County Genealogy Society joint meeting, Christ Church Cranbrook, 470
Church Street, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 1:30 p.m. refreshments, 2-3
p.m. program. Program: "An Introduction to Medieval English

Melissa Shimkus
January 12, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, Meeting Room C, 2:30 p.m., “Becoming Expert at Using

Dawne Slater-Putt
February 9, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, Meeting Room C, 2:30 p.m., “Exploring the Ever
Expanding Family Search.”

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
January 12, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program. Jon Leyse will
present, “Video Recording Your Family History.”

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
January 2, 2011, 2 p.m.—Craig Berndt will present “Fort Wayne’s Interurbans.”

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
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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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