Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 83, January 31, 2011
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 83, January 31, 2011

In this issue:
*Working with WorldCat
*African Americans in World War II
*Early Southern Conflicts
*Technology Tip of the Month--Inserting Images into WordArt Using
Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.
*Preservation Tip of the Month--Mounting Documents and Facsimiles
*National Black Genealogy Summit--Hotel Ready for Reservations
*Last Opportunity for WinterTech 2010-2011
*March Madness--Genealogy Style
*Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part One--A Two-Day Mini-Course
*Librarians on Parade
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

Working with WorldCat
by Curt B. Witcher
With a little more than 8% of 2011 in the books already(!), how are
you doing on picking from the list of 50 things I mentioned last month
that can help you make 2011 a genealogically significant year? I was
pleased to hear from a number of you early this month on specific
activities you chose. I hope the rest of you have committed to
actively taking steps to accomplish things you consider important,
since waiting for “just the right time” typically dooms an activity to
never being accomplished.

With an expanding number of databases available at our fingertips, I
sometimes get concerned about certain consequential--and growing--data
sets being relegated to the rank of the unused. WorldCat is one such
database. WorldCat (under various names since its debut a number of
years ago) remains a valuable resource for the researcher interested
in finding all the information available for a family or geographic

It may be simplest to think of WorldCat as one giant online catalog;
and indeed, it is a catalog of more than 1.5 billion items in more
than ten thousand libraries and repositories around the world. But its
functionality is more enhanced and robust than most any other catalog
you will likely ever use. First, what a benefit it is to search for a
surname, a United States county, an Irish townland, or German city in
one database and have the holdings of repositories worldwide queried.
Second, if your query nets too many search results, you can quickly
narrow those results by topic, content, language, publication year, or
author. Once you have identified an item of interest, you can discover
which institutions own the item. You can even sort the institutional
listing by zipcode to identify the owning repositories closest to your
home, the ones in your state, or a specific repository that engages in
interlibrary loan or has an active e-reference service for look-ups
and photocopying.

Since WorldCat is much more than books and includes manuscripts, maps,
and oral histories, searching this data file may uncover some amazing
treasures. Once you identify items of potential value to your
research, the subject listings, tables of contents, and reviews
provided by others who have used the works can be invaluable. If you
login (and signing up for a login is free and fast), you can also
provide reviews for others interested in a particular work you have
used. With this form of tagging, the genealogical research community
can collectively and consistently enhance the research value of
WorldCat for those doing family history research.

There is other worthwhile functionality with WorldCat. With your
login, you can create an almost unlimited number of research lists.
You can make the lists public or keep them private, and the lists can
be organized any way you would like--by subject, date, repository,
etc. One advantage to such online lists is that no matter where you
find yourself, if you have an online connection you can access those
lists and get right to work on your projects. In a similar manner, you
can also create bibliographies. You can put WorldCat on your mobile
device and access it literally anywhere you find yourself.

If you have used WorldCat in the past, take another look. If you’ve
never used it, it’s well worth a few minutes of your research time.

A final, unrelated note: this Friday, the second season of “Who Do You
Think You Are?” begins airing on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. What a fun way to
spend part of a Friday evening--seeing how experts engage in family
research, hearing others’ family stories, and observing how different
documents are used in a research process. Watching this show not only
provides some neat experiences, but it also lets network producers
know we value this kind of programming and would appreciate more. Tune
in and enjoy the experience!

African Americans in World War II
by Melissa Shimkus
When considering African American participation in World War II, the
heroic Tuskegee Airmen probably are first to come to mind. Most have
not heard of Doris “Dorie” Miller, and are not aware that almost
twenty-three percent of the African American naval deaths occurred at
Port Chicago, California. “African American World War II Casualties
and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine”
(940.5410 Aa1kno) by Glenn A. Knoblock tells the stories of these
unsung heroes. This comprehensive record includes accounts of 2,445
servicemen who were killed, wounded or decorated.

Details about the historical treatment of African Americans in the
military, along with descriptions of naval wartime efforts, are
interspersed among fascinating stories of individual heroism and
sacrifice. Enlistment and service information for each individual is
provided, and an index makes locating a specific sailor simple.

Numerous remarkable individuals found within the volume include Doris
Miller and Leonard Roy Harmon, both awarded the Navy Cross. Doris
Miller, a mess attendant on the USS West Virginia, received the award
for carrying his mortally wounded captain to safety, then shooting
down incoming planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Later, Miller
served on the infamous USS Indianapolis, but transferred years before
its sinking in 1945. He was killed during a torpedo attack on the USS
Liscome Bay in 1943.

Leonard Harmon, a stretcher bearer, was recommended for the Navy Cross
after helping wounded men seek shelter while the USS San Francisco was
under attack during the Battle of Guadalcanal on 12 November 1942.
Harmon died later that day, protecting another sailor.

The USS Wasp suffered the largest loss of African American stewards on
one ship during the war. Forty-five stewards died after the ship was
hit by three torpedoes on 15 September 1942. Among those lost was
Willy Francis Kelly of Choccolocco, Alabama, who had served on the USS
Ranger, USS Owl, and with the Fighting Squadrons, before his transfer
to the Wasp, where he received a promotion and earned the Good Conduct

The USS South Dakota was involved in numerous battles in the Pacific.
On 19 June 1944, a 500 pound bomb hit the ship killing and wounding
many in the gun crews. Five surviving African American gunners,
Illinois Garner, Love Perry Jones, Gid Alphonso Porter Jr., Devore
Scott Jr., and Harry Thomas Woody, received the Bronze Star Medal for
shooting down enemy planes.

The stories of these courageous World War II servicemen provide a
glimpse into a neglected aspect of naval history.

Early Southern Conflicts
by Delia Cothrun Bourne
When considering research in early nineteenth century military
records, we tend to think first of the War of 1812 and the Mexican
War. But there were several smaller conflicts that played a large part
in the development and settlement of the southern states. The
Genealogy Center holds indexes to compiled service records for two of
these campaigns in the Gulf Coast region – the Florida War and the
Second Creek War.

The conflict in Florida stemmed from disagreement between Spain and
the United States over the flight of runaway slaves into Spanish-held
Florida and incursions of the Spanish into the area that had been
British West Florida, now southern Alabama and Mississippi. These
events resulted in the First Seminole War (1817-1818) and the eventual
acquisition of Florida by the United States through treaty in 1821.
After a period of peace during which whites pushed for the removal
from Florida of bands of Native Americans, collectively known as
Seminoles, the Second Seminole War erupted in December, 1835. Soldiers
serving from 1836-38 during this conflict are documented on two reels
of microfilm in The Genealogy Center: “Index to Compiled Service
Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Florida War in
Organizations from the State of Louisiana” (NARA M239) and the “Index
to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During
the Florida War In Organizations From the State of Alabama” (NARA

Following the earlier Creek War of 1813-1814, Creek territory was
first severely limited, then lost altogether through various treaties,
although the head of each Creek household was given a half section
(320 acres) to own individually. Unfortunately, land agents and
settlers swindled many Creek families, who were unfamiliar with
American concepts of land ownership, out of their property. By 1835, a
few impoverished Creeks joined the Seminole revolt by raiding white
settlers in the Florida panhandle, precipitating the Second Creek War.
Several years of skirmishes followed, well into the 1840s, but as most
Creeks left the area or stayed to be assimilated, the war was
considered over by 1838. Relevant records in The Genealogy Center
include two reels of microfilm titled “Index to Compiled Service
Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Creek War in
Organizations from the State of Alabama” (NARA M244), which cover

These record indexes provide the typical alphabetical listing of
soldiers, giving name variations, regiment, and rank at muster in and
muster out. The actual records, which The Genealogy Center does not
own, include little additional material beyond dates and places of
muster and occasional notes. Although these often overlooked records
may not provide significant breakthroughs in your genealogical
research, they can be sources of additional background information on
men from the states involved.

Technology Tip of the Month--Inserting Images into WordArt Using
Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.
by Kay Spears
Anyone who has tried to insert an image into the text of Microsoft
WordArt 2007 or 2010 will have noticed that option is missing. In
fact, the whole look of WordArt has changed.  In Word 97-2003 you have
the ability to insert images/graphics into the text of WordArt either
by using the Paint Bucket or by right clicking and choosing format
WordArt. The four options available in older versions of Word were
Gradient, Patterns, Textures, and Pictures.

Now, let’s look at Word 2007-10. Go to Insert and click on WordArt. A
drop down box appears displaying the capital letter “A” in multiple
fonts and styles. These are your WordArt choices. When you click on
one of these “A”s, a box opens saying “your text here.” Once you have
entered your text, click the Text Fill tool on the menu bar. A palette
of color choices will display as well as three other options: No Fill,
More Fill Colors and Gradient. Other interesting effects options in
Word 2007-10 can be found through the Gradient and Format Shape
dialogue boxes.

Textures and Pictures are missing from the options, but you can still
insert them into your WordArt text using the following trick. Open a
blank document (do not use the document that you’ve been working on).
In the blank document, insert WordArt and type in the text you want.
Now, go to File>Save As. When the Save dialogue box opens, find “Word
97-2003 Document” among the “save as type” options. Choose that option
and Save. Now, when you right click on your WordArt object, the old
formatting options from Word 97-2003 will be available and you can
insert a photograph. You can then copy and paste this WordArt object
into your Word 2007-10 document. You will not be able to use any of
the Word 2007-10 formatting options on this particular object. It will
always have the older version formatting attached to it. Any other
WordArt you create in the Word 2007-10 document will have the
formatting that goes with the new version. So, it is possible to use
two different versions of WordArt in one document.

Next:  Adding Footnotes in Microsoft Word

Preservation Tip of the Month--Mounting Documents and Facsimiles
by Curt B. Witcher
When we find a keystone document in our research--a census record
showing a multigenerational family, a christening record, a military
photograph, a school graduation certificate--we sometimes want to find
ways of displaying that document or a facsimile of the document. It is
relatively easy to do this well.

Choosing good mounting-boards or paperboards is the first important
step. The boards should be of archival quality, which means they are
acid-free or pH neutral and lignin free. Being free of lignin, the
boards won’t change, break down, and become weaker when exposed to
light and air over time. Typically you will have a back-board that is
larger than the document to be mounted and a front-board equal in size
to the back-board that has a window through which the document can be

The document is affixed to the back-board. Many documents have been
successfully affixed by hinges made with Japanese paper (pH neutral
and very strong) and starch paste. Recently, acid-free photograph
corners or edge strips have come into favor as you don’t have to affix
anything directly to the document itself. The less you actually attach
to the document the better. While often not done, it is a really good
idea to experiment with materials and techniques before you actually
work with the document you want to mount and display.

Once the document is centered on, and affixed to the back-board, you
are ready to hinge or attach the windowed front-board to the
back-board. Attaching the two boards on just one side (e.g. a top
hinge), or by means of mounting clips that are tied or banded together
by rubber bands on opposite corners, are the best ways to affix the
boards to each other. You want to be able to easily remove the
document from the mounting if the need should arise.

Remember these sound preservation practices: never do something you
cannot easily undo and practice with materials and techniques before
actually working on an original document.

National Black Genealogy Summit--Hotel Ready for Reservations
The National Black Genealogy Summit, taking place in Fort Wayne,
Indiana on October 20-22, 2011, has named its conference hotel. It is
the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown. This modern, very
comfortable facility is nearly brand new, having opened in September
of 2010. It is located at 1150 South Harrison Street, just one block
south of the Allen County Public Library and right across the street
from the Grand Wayne Convention Center. There is even a skywalk from
the Courtyard to the Convention Center.

The summit planning committee has been able to secure a block of rooms
at the downtown Courtyard for $92 per night. It’s not too early to
make your lodging reservations. You can make your reservations online
by clicking on the link below.

You can also call the toll-free line at 1-866-704-6163 and reference
the group code “GBS.”

Information about the program for the Summit will be forthcoming in
the near future.

Last Opportunity for WinterTech 2010-2011
It's great when the entire day can be devoted to genealogy! February
is your last chance this season to take advantage of a WinterTech
lecture at 2:30 in the afternoon, and stay for the Allen County
Genealogy Society of Indiana's monthly meeting at 7:00 in the evening.
On February 9th, Dawne Slater-Putt presents "Exploring the Ever
Expanding FamilySearch." There's more to FamilySearch than the Family
History Library Catalog and the gateway to obtaining microfilmed
records from around the world. also has searchable
record indexes, collections of digitized images of original records,
how-to articles on a wide variety of research topics, the FamilySearch
wiki, and more.  Call 260-421-1225 to register, or send us an email at
Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

March Madness--Genealogy Style
Excited about taking genealogy road trips as the weather improves?
Looking forward to roaming a cemetery without having to bundle up?
Counting the days until the next genealogical gathering? Then you
qualify for March Madness--Genealogy Style, Sunday, March 13 through
Saturday, March 19, 2011. The Genealogy Center's annual premiere
celebration kicks off the active research season. This year's sessions
include the following.

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

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

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

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

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

* Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 1 - A Two-Day Mini-Course.
Friday & Saturday, March 18-19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Meeting Rooms
B&C.  NOTE: Registration and a $50 fee are required for this program,
and more than half of the spaces are filled as of this writing.

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
Time is running out if you want to register for the 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. Half
of the spaces are already reserved. For more information, call
260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

Librarians on Parade in February 2011
Curt Witcher
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.”

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)
February 9, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program. Ron Darrah
will present, “Migration from the Colonies to the Midwest.”

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
February 6, 2011, 2 p.m.—Doris Yerger will present “20th Century
African-American Women’s Clubs.”

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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