Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 84, February 28, 2011
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 84, February 28, 2011

In this issue:
*Taking Action & Deploying Technology to Preserve & Share
*Great Genealogies
*Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution in South Carolina
*Technology Tip of the Month--Adding Footnotes in Microsoft Word
*Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Storing CDs and DVDs
*March Madness--Genealogy Style
*Getting Started in Family History & Genealogy Research
*Create Your Own Story @ Your Library
*Down to the Fine Print: Exploring The Genealogy Center
*Out and About
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

Taking Action & Deploying Technology to Preserve & Share
by Curt B. Witcher
February was a month of incredible activity, with some amazingly
positive activities and a sobering, sad reality. An incredible high
was the first RootsTech Conference, hosted and principally sponsored
by FamilySearch and held in Salt Lake City on February 10-12. More
than 3100 individuals came together to engage in a new, more
synergistic conference experience while discussing, exploring, and
demonstrating the intersection of genealogical pursuits and
technology. It definitely set a new standard for 21st century
genealogy conferences. The second RootsTech will be February 2-4, 2012
in Salt Lake City. You *really* do want to mark your calendars for
this event!

These truly are the best of times for genealogists. With the
application of new scanning technologies, exploding social media
opportunities, and increasingly sophisticated online search routines,
we can find more information, access more digital images, and have
better opportunities to collaborate in our research than we have ever
had before. All the countless days and weeks we used to spend just to
find one relevant piece of information can now be spent doing more
enjoyable and productive activities such as more carefully analyzing
the data we have gathered, constructing better documented and more
complete histories for all our family lines, and taking the time to
actually reproduce and share our family histories--to tell our
stories! How many of us devote most all of our time to gathering and
precious little to telling? Technology applied in the genealogy space
can be such a positive game-changer.

Less than a week after the RootsTech Conference, many in the
genealogical community began mourning the loss of Sandra Hargreaves
Luebking, who died on February 17, 2011, after a courageous battle
with cancer. For those who may not recognize the name, you would
likely recognize the face, the smile, and the always-helpful attitude.
Sandra was a tremendous writer and editor, a phenomenal teacher, a
trusted mentor for so many, and a dear friend to countless
individuals. The one hundred issues of the Federation of Genealogical
Societies’ “FORUM” she edited will continue to bring instruction and
enlightenment to those who read the articles as will her numerous
other published works. The many thousands of individuals who attended
her classes at Samford University over the years or listened to her
lectures at national conferences, state society meetings, and local
society seminars from coast to coast will continue to honor her memory
by the good work they do based on what she taught them. Those who were
fortunate enough to benefit from her wise counsel will do their part
in honoring her by sharing that counsel with others working in this
wonderful field of family history.

My challenge to all who read this, whether to honor Sandra or because
you know it is the right thing to do, is to engage regularly in the
community activities in which Sandra engaged. Take advantage of what
twenty-first century technology offers to compile and publish your
genealogical findings. Make sure your research and compiled findings
are as many places as you can find Sandra’s. There are so many ways
you can tell your story at low or no cost. Use both the traditional
venues and the more contemporary social media venues to instruct,
collaborate, and publish materials. Take the time to offer advice and
encouragement to new researchers, remembering when you were first
getting started and how you welcomed such gifts. Commit to supporting
worthwhile causes in the genealogy field with your time and treasure .
. . as Sandra did.

Great Genealogies
by John D. Beatty
What are the hallmarks of a great published genealogy? Since The
Genealogy Center houses more than 59,000 volumes of compiled family
histories, our staff is sometimes asked for recommendations of
outstanding examples in the collection. These books come in many
different formats and styles. Some begin with an ancestor from the
distant past, often an immigrant ancestor, and trace some or all of
his descendants. Others follow an “all my ancestors” format, tracing
all of the known direct ancestral lines of one person. The best
genealogies of either type are well-documented with footnotes,
allowing the reader to reconstruct the research of the author and
locate the original sources of information.

A variety of numbering and arrangement schemes exist, but the best
genealogies follow well-established systems that are familiar to
readers. The two most widely used are the so-called Register and NGS
systems, which are explained in detail in the National Genealogical
Society’s publication Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex
Families, and International Kin (929 C92nb). The better genealogies
will also place families into larger historical contexts, drawing
information from a variety of primary sources. By providing more than
just names and dates, they attempt to reconstruct ancestral lives.
Unproven statements will be clearly labeled, and when conflicting
evidence is found, it will be cited. The best works will offer proof
arguments which carefully evaluate all of the pertinent evidence. A
well-written and documented genealogy exhibits the skilled
craftsmanship of any great work of scholarship.

Since 1974, the Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists have
presented the Donald Lines Jacobus Award to writers of outstanding
genealogies in an effort “to encourage sound scholarship in
genealogical writing.” For a list of winners, see
<>. A personal favorite is The
Burling Books: Ancestors and Descendants of Edward and Grace Burling,
Quakers (1600-2000), by Jane Thompson-Stahr, published in two volumes
in 2001 (929.2 B9248th). Using the NGS numbering system,
Thompson-Stahr created a detailed study that is meticulously
documented with citations from many primary sources. She also uses
proof arguments effectively. When more than one man named Samuel
Burling lived in New York during the same period, she carefully lays
out her evidence that distinguishes them. Her prologue assesses the
challenges in using Quaker records, while the index includes a
complete list of names and places.

Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution in South Carolina
by Steven W. Myers
Exiled after the fall of Charleston in 1780, the government of South
Carolina operated on credit. The vouchers it issued were later used in
support of claims for payment by those who had served in the military,
furnished supplies, loaned money, rendered other services, or suffered
damages. These vouchers, as well as a variety of supporting documents,
are reproduced on microfilm in a series titled “Accounts Audited of
Claims Growing Out of the Revolution in South Carolina.” Available in
The Genealogy Center on 165 reels of microfilm (cabinet 50-B-4), these
accounts are organized in some 10,000 numbered files arranged in
alphabetical order by the name of the claimant. Papers in the series
date from 1775 to 1856, but most claims were settled by 1815.

Reel 165 contains three indexes to the claims accounts. Index A lists
the names of the claimants whose folders comprise the series. Index B
lists the files in the order filmed. Index C, the most important,
includes the names of the claimants as well as a fairly comprehensive,
but not complete, index to the names of other persons mentioned on
documents within the folders. References to folder numbers can be
converted easily to a reel number using Index B.

Researchers also will find the names of claimants included in the
South Carolina Archives’ “Combined Index to Records Series,
1675-1929,” available at
<>  Personal names,
places and subjects mentioned in legislative petitions, reports and
resolutions found in the files are included in the online index to
“Legislative Papers, 1782-1866,” accessible at the same website.
Documents in the first 300 files in the series (through Isaac Barnard)
were transcribed and published in three volumes titled “Accounts
Audited of Revolutionary Claims Against South Carolina” (973.34
So8sa), each of which includes an every name index.

Files generally include affidavits and other documents supporting each
claim. These items can provide the dates and places of military
service, list supplies provided, or describe the circumstances of
services rendered. Many include a receipt signed by the claimant. Gems
include lists of Catawba Indians who served and Negroes recruited by
the “Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, as well as certification of a
marriage. “Noveme 27 1778 this is to certify oll people home it may
consarn that William Crosby and Susanna Couton was married by me…James
Linant.” For genealogists with South Carolina roots, these account
files are certainly worth a look.

Technology Tip of the Month--Adding Footnotes in Microsoft Word
by Kay Spears
Many of us writing family histories using our word processing program
will want to include explanatory notes or source citations to document
our work. Fortunately, adding a footnote or endnote is one of the
easier tasks to perform in Microsoft Word. For Word 2003 and older
versions, make sure you are viewing your document in “print layout”
view. Go to the menu bar and click on Insert>Reference>Footnote. In
the Footnote and Endnote dialog box that appears, first choose either
Footnote or Endnote, and then select the Number format that you prefer
and click on it. Then click on Insert. By default, Word places
footnotes at the bottom of the page and endnotes at the end of the
document. As you insert additional notes, Word will automatically
adjust the numbering for you.

To add notes using Word 2007 and later versions, go to the Reference
tab on your ribbon and click Footnote. The footnote will be inserted
automatically in the document without a dialog box. If you want to use
a dialog box, click on the small arrow beside the word Footnote to
override the default and activate the dialog box.

If you want to use keystrokes instead of your mouse, use Ctrl+Alt+F to
insert a footnote. Double clicking on the footnote number at the
bottom of the page will return you to the place in the text where you
inserted the footnote. Adding source citations to your family history
with Microsoft Word is easy, allows you to document your research, and
will help give your work a professional appearance.

Next: Remembering margins

Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Storing CDs and DVDs
Store CDs and DVDs in the same manner you would store books: on end,
not flat. If you have a large number of discs, stacking them on top of
each other can increase the chances of some cracking or being
scratched by dust trapped between the discs. Ideally, each disc should
be in its own case with each case bearing an appropriate descriptive

March Madness--Genealogy Style
The weather is getting better. Travel is easier. So it's time to get
out and participate in The Genealogy Center's “March
Madness--Genealogy Style” events Sunday, March 13 through Saturday,
March 19, 2011. Take advantage of The Genealogy Center's annual
celebration to jump-start your research. 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

*“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

***Registration is closed.*** 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.

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

Getting Started in Family History & Genealogy Research
The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is hosting a workshop
for beginning genealogists from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday April 9,
2011, in Meeting Rooms B & C at the Main Library. Genealogist Margery
Graham will tell you how to begin your search into family history
including how to gather and organize your information. She will inform
you about basic research techniques and how to apply proven methods to
keep your search on track. The half-day seminar finishes up with a
tour of The Genealogy Center. Cost is $10. Space is limited, so
register early for this wonderful opportunity to learn from the best.
To register, visit the ACGSI website at or contact Linda Churchward at
260-459-7606 or lindachurchward [at]

Create Your Own Story @ Your Library
The 2011 theme for National Library Week is “Create Your Own Story @
Your Library.” One couldn’t ask for a more perfect time to offer an
engaging array of programs intended to remind everyone that we all
have a story to tell--and that we all need to tell our stories! And
The Genealogy Center is doing just that. We are offering several
opportunities to inspire you to record and share your family stories
for future generations to enjoy. The scheduled programs are listed
below along with the date and program location at the Main Library.

Storytelling, with Condra Ridley, April 11, 2011 6:30-7:30 p.m., Globe
Room. Learn the elements of a good story, why storytelling is
important, how to tell a good story, and listen to a couple of stories
as examples.

Scrapbooking Historical Photographs and Memorabilia, with Dawne
Slater-Putt, April 12, 2011 6:30-7:30 p.m., Globe Room. How can boxes
of photographs and paper memorabilia inherited from three different
family members and covering a period of almost 100 years be merged
into a single, cohesive historical scrapbook? This session will
discuss considerations and methods for scrapbooking your historical
photos and memorabilia, including materials, organization and more.

Recording Family Histories for the Ages, with Erik Mollberg, April 13,
2011 2:30-3:30 p.m., Globe Room.  This class will cover the very
basics of video production to help you record the best possible oral
history for your family that will be both viewable and understandable
for generations to come.

Writing Your Family Stories, with Curt Witcher, April 14, 2011
6:30-7:30 p.m., Globe Room. Practical tips on how to write your family
story after you have collected the data.

Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop, with Kay Spears, April 15,
2011 2:30-3:30 p.m., Globe Room. Learn basic techniques for restoring
those old family photographs by using Adobe Photoshop.

Take advantage of these opportunities to be inspired to Create Your
Own Story @ your library. All classes are free, but please register by
calling 260-421-1225, or send an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info. There's
no time like the present!

”Down to the Fine Print: Exploring The Genealogy Center”
If you enjoy looking forward to future activities, you’ll be pleased
to know we have planned some opportunities to explore The Genealogy
Center during the first week of May, even taking a look behind the
scenes. Some events are repeated in hopes you’ll find several that fit
your schedule.

Sunday, May 1, Genealogy Center Tour, 1:00-2:00 p.m. -- Take a tour of
The Genealogy Center! Learn something new or be reminded of what
you've forgotten. Meet in The Genealogy Center Orientation area.

Monday, May 2, Website Tour, 2:00-3:00 p.m. -- Lost in the new
Genealogy Center website? Take a guided virtual tour through all of
the information awaiting your visit! Meeting Room C.

Tuesday, May 3, Catalog Tour, 2:00-3:45 p.m. -- How to locate a book?
Where are the call numbers? How to make a list? Find out all this and
more by taking a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center catalog! Meeting
Room C.

Wednesday, May 4, Genealogy Center Tour, 6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Take a tour
of The Genealogy Center! Learn something new or be reminded of what
you've forgotten. Meet in The Genealogy Center Orientation area.

Thursday, May 5, Processing, Scanning and Fine Materials Tour,
10:00-11:00 a.m. -- This behind-the-scenes tour will show where our
material is ordered, cataloged and processed for the collection, where
material is scanned for easy access via the Internet, and take a peek
into the Fine Book Area. Meet in The Genealogy Center Orientation

Friday, May 6, Catalog Tour, 10:00-11:45 a.m. -- How to locate a book?
Where are the call numbers? How to make a list? Find out all this and
more by taking a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center catalog! Meeting
Room A.

Saturday May 7, Genealogy Center Tour, 10:00-11:00 a.m. -- Take a tour
of The Genealogy Center! Learn something new or be reminded of what
you've forgotten. Meet in The Genealogy Center Orientation area.

Space is limited, so register early for these free tours by sending us
an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info or calling 260-421-1225.

Out and About
Curt Witcher
March 5, 2011--Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 South Main Street,
Plymouth, MI, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Genealogy Workshop covering:
“Using Census Records for Family History,” “Researching Your Civil War
Ancestor,” “Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and
Research,” and “Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery!”

March 24, 2011--Indiana Library Federation, District III Conference,
Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana,
10:10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Topic: “Family Health History: Making a Medical
Family Tree.”

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
March 9, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program. Delia Bourne
will present, “Researching Your 1861-1865 Soldier at The Genealogy
Center: An Overview.”

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
March 6, 2011, 2 p.m.--Craig Leonard will present “The W. B. Brown
Company and the Arts and Crafts Movement.”

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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