Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 92, October 31, 2011
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 92, October 31, 2011

In this issue:
*Good Food, Good Stories, Good Times
*Exploring Colonial and Territorial Arkansas Records
*Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814
*Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word Ribbon: Page Layout Tab
*Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Ideas for Organizing Your
Materials in Advance of Donating Them
*Military Seminar: You Say You Want a Revolution
*WinterTech is Here!
*Out and About
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

Good Food, Good Stories, Good Times
by Curt B. Witcher
The leaf-raking, the frost on windshields more often in the early
morning hours, and the talk of Thanksgiving plans all are harbingers
of end-of-the-year holidays. For many of us, these holidays bring good
food, good stories, and good times. I want to challenge you to make
the last 61 days of 2011, including the end-of-the-year holidays,
truly family history time. To help you do that, I have posted a small
checklist of things to which you can commit. Don't think about it.
Don't worry about it. Just do it!

1. Tell some stories and record some stories this Thanksgiving day.

2. Take some family pictures and post those pictures this coming
Thanksgiving day weekend. Post them on Facebook, put them in your
virtual photo album, print them and put them in your physical photo
album, blast an email to your family email list with the photographs
as attachments--just capture those people and moments, and then share

3. The surgeon general wants us to think and talk about our family
health history over the Thanksgiving holidays. I challenge you to
actually begin recording your family health history if you haven't
already started, and work to find the cause of death of one more
ancestor if you've already begun this endeavor.

4. Together with other members of your family, identify a favorite
ancestral recipe, and then collectively develop a healthier version of
that culinary delight.

5. This November has a unique Veterans Day: 11-11-11. Do something
special by focusing on telling richer, more complete stories of your
ancestors who served their country. Take copies of the military
documents you have gathered and the scraps of information you have
accumulated over the years, and actually write a story about one or
more of your military veterans.

6. December 7th will mark the 70th anniversary of the horrible day at
Pearl Harbor. Use this remembrance to take one of the stories you
wrote as your Veterans Day activity and share it on, your
Facebook page, your genealogy website, and/or on The Genealogy
Center's "Our Military Heritage" webpage.

7. Last week, my colleagues posted a challenge on The Genealogy Center
blog--and that was to set a genealogical goal of doing something
specific and measurable in the month of November. Meet that challenge!

Let the good food, good stories, and good times entice you to do more
genealogical good by actively engaging. Commit to making "someday"

Exploring Colonial and Territorial Arkansas Records
by Delia C. Bourne
Explored first by the Spanish, but settled by the French, the area
that includes present-day Arkansas reverted to Spanish control after
the Seven Years War in 1762. In an extremely convoluted round of
politics, it returned to French hands in 1800, and then was sold to
the Americans as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Using the
Mississippi River as a trade waterway, Americans and other immigrants
drifted into the territory starting in the late eighteenth century,
well before statehood.

The Genealogy Center holds a number of sources for researching
Colonial and Territorial Arkansans, starting with M. Carmen Gonzalez
Lopez-Briones’s dissertation “Spain in the Mississippi Valley: Spanish
Arkansas, 1762-1804” (976.7 G589S), a history of Spain’s acquisition
of and policies for the area, and Morris Arnold’s “Colonial Arkansas,
1686-1804: A Social and Cultural History” (976.7 AR6AA), which
includes a list of judges, 1686-1804, data on sites of colonial
settlement and more. Arnold also produced “Arkansas Colonials,
1686-1804: A Collection of French and Spanish Records Listing Early
Europeans in the Arkansas (976.7 AR6A), which includes censuses,
petitions, and militia lists, as well as maps of Arkansas Post in 1779
and 1832.

James Logan Morgan compiled “Genealogical Records of Arkansas” (976.7
M82GE, v. 1 & 2) which provides obituaries, death and probate notices
(including guardian and apprentice notes) from 1804-1830, and
“Marriages and Divorces of Arkansas” (976.7 M82M) which contains
marriage records, implied marriages, dower assignments, divorce
notices from newspapers, and divorces authorized by the Territorial
General Assembly. “Early Arkansas residents, 1814-1816” (976.701
AR4CR), by Marion Stark Craig, contains tax lists of the counties of
Arkansas and Lawrence in the Territory of Missouri. Information
includes the county and years in which a resident appeared on the
lists, as well as a notes column that includes name variations.

One of the most interesting volumes is “A Baptismal Record of the
Parishes Along the Arkansas River, August 5, 1796 to July 16, 1802”
(976.7 B229). With photographic copies of the original documents on
one side and translated transcriptions on the facing page, the records
provide the child’s name, parents, godparents, and often identify
grandparents. Some of those named also are identified by occupation,
as in the baptismal record for Elizabeth Berdu, daughter of Alberto
Bardu, “sergeant of the Louisiana regiment” (27 Oct 1799), or by
nationality or race, as in that of Thereza Soligny, which notes that
both grandmothers were Indian (23 Oct 1799).

The Genealogy Center also has Henry Putney Beers’ “French and Spanish
Records of Louisiana: A Bibliographical Guide to Archive and
Manuscript Sources” (976.3 B39F), which offers details of records
created in the Louisiana Territory, including Alabama, Arkansas,
Mississippi, and Missouri, with sections on reproductions and archival
material, land and church records, followed by a state-by-state
bibliography of sources.

If you have ancestors who resided in the Old Southwest before 1830,
these sources could assist you in locating more information.

Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814
by Melissa Shimkus
Many of our ancestors moved westward through Ohio in the early
nineteenth century, and a large number of them may have owned land
there. Some obtained property through Bounty Land Warrants for service
in the Revolutionary War, while others purchased land from the federal
land offices in Ohio Territory beginning in 1800. By the time Ohio
obtained statehood in 1803, property tax records were already being
maintained. “Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814” is a fifteen-reel set of
microfilmed property tax lists for selected counties during Ohio’s
early years.

Available in The Genealogy Center, these microfilms are organized by
year, but for each year the counties are not always presented in
alphabetical order. Within each county, the information is arranged
either by the first letter of the property owner’s surname, or by
township and then by the first letter of the property owner’s surname.
Esther Powell indexed the material in “Early Ohio Tax Records” (977.1
P87E), but this index is not complete.

Details found on the tax lists include not only land values based on
specific tax rates, but also land descriptions, mentioning waterways,
township, range and section, that help locate the physical property.
For example, in 1801, Thomas Bell paid taxes on property located on
the Scioto River in Ross County and noted that he had hired a surveyor
in 1796 to survey the land, which was in the Virginia Military
District. If land was transferred between owners, a note was made
indicating the new owner. In 1806, Abraham J. Williams transferred
property situated in Section 12, Township 10, Range 21, in Ross County
to Huges Woodson’s heirs, who were not residents of the county.
Besides revealing who purchased or later obtained the land, the tax
lists also may provide a provenance for the property. In 1814, Moses
Hale paid a tax on land in the Southwest portion of Section 29,
Township 8, Range 17, in Gallia County that was originally owned by
John Graham. With these details, a researcher could map out an
ancestor’s property, search deed and probate records, and locate other
information related to a piece of land or the individuals living on
neighboring properties.

If you are searching for ancestors in early nineteenth century Ohio,
take a look at the “Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814” on microfilm.
Benefits include discovering documentation that an ancestor owned
property in a specific locality, finding a description of the land,
and sometimes identifying its original or subsequent owner.

Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word Ribbon: Page Layout Tab
by Kay Spears
For those of you who are putting together a book, the Page Layout tab
may be the most important one in Word. Page Layout is where the Margin
setup is located.

Themes. The first command group on the Page Layout tab enables you to
change the way that text, tables and special elements are formatted in
your document. When you choose a theme, the settings are applied to
styled elements in your document. There are also Theme Colors, Theme
Fonts and Theme Effects to choose from in this group. Experiment with
the different options and remember that positioning your cursor over a
selection creates a preview of how the document will look.

Page Setup. The Margins drop down arrow in this group offers preset
choices or the option to select custom margins. Please remember to
leave enough space along the edges of your documents if you intend to
have them bound into a book. I recommend a margin of at least one inch
on all sides. Options for establishing page and section breaks in a
document can be found under the Breaks drop down arrow. The Page Setup
dialog box can be accessed by clicking on the arrow in the lower right
corner of the group.

Page Background. The Watermark, Page Color and Page Borders tools are
all located in this grouping.

Paragraph. This is the second tab on which you may access the
Paragraph command group. It is also located on the Home Tab, but this
time Indent and Spacing is what you see. However, clicking on the
drop-down arrow in the lower right corner will take you to the same
Paragraph dialog box available from the Home Tab.

Arrange. This group of tools can be used after you have inserted
shapes, images, clip art, or WordArt into a document. Text Wrap, Bring
Forward, and Send Backward also are located here. In order for the
Bring Forward or Send Backward commands to work, the Text Wrap option
for the inserted object must be changed from In Line With Text to one
of the other options. Rotate and Selection Pane options are also
available in this group. If you have ever worked with layers in
Photoshop or another graphics program, you should be familiar with the
Selection Pane. While the Selection Pane seems to be mimicking the way
layers are presented in more advanced software, its use here is rather
limited. Clicking on an eye on the right side of the Selection and
Visibility pane will make an image invisible. You can change which
object is on top of another by using the Re-order arrows at the bottom
of the pane.

Next month:  The Microsoft Word Ribbon: References Tab

Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Ideas for Organizing Your
Materials in Advance of Donating Them
by Dawne Slater-Putt
A recent query came to The Genealogy Center about organizing personal
archives. The person wrote that he has letters, wills, and deeds on a
couple of family lines from the turn of the last century up until the
1950s.  He wanted to know how to sort and organize those materials as
he is "the only person now alive to put all the pieces together." He
went on to say, "Since you will probably end up getting it all, what
format and what information do you want?"

We are grateful the individual thought of The Genealogy Center as a
future repository for his precious family documents. He was correct in
thinking that the more organized the records are, the more useful they
will be to people using them for family history research in the
future. Here are some ideas for organization that you might consider.

1. First, you might strive to get as many of the pieces of paper the
same size as possible. For example, photocopy smaller certificates,
letters and other pieces onto 8 1/2 by 11 pages. These days, most
copier paper is acid free and will last many generations. If you can
do so and retain legibility, reduce larger documents down to 8 1/2 by
11 size. Then if you want to keep the original certificates and
letters, file them in file folders by surname, family branch, location
or type of document (birth records, death records, correspondence,

2. Put the 8 1/2 by 11 sheets in sheet protectors and into 3-ring
binders, organized by family, by location, or by type of record
(whichever makes the most sense to you). If you donate these to The
Genealogy Center in the future, we will take the pages out of the
protectors and 3-ring binders and bind them into hardcover books; but
until that time, the binders will help you organize the papers and
find items when you need them.

3. Be sure when you make the copies that you keep any citation
information. It is an excellent idea to write the citation information
on the fronts of documents, rather than the back, so that if they are
photocopied, that information is not lost. If you have documents that
do not have citations, you might try to get that information and write
it on the documents while you are organizing.

4. Consider making a preface, table of contents or some sort of
information sheet describing how you have organized the documents in
your binders, and/or listing them - an inventory of records. You can
use dividers in the binders to separate families, surnames,
generations, or record types.

This can seem like an overwhelming job, but it is easier if you break
it down into small pieces. Tackle one file or stack of papers at a
time. It is such a worthwhile task to preserve all of this material
for the future and you are to be commended for being the keeper of the
family's history.

Military Seminar: You Say You Want a Revolution
This year's military seminar highlights Revolutionary War service.
This all-day event, featuring methodology lectures, historical
presentations, opportunities for advice on lineage applications, and a
tour of The Genealogy Center, will be presented by the Mary Penrose
Wayne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Anthony
Halberstadt Chapter National Society Sons of the American Revolution,
and The Genealogy Center staff on November 12, 2011.

Morning sessions include instruction on the resources of the National
Society Daughters of the American Revolution, including how to use the
DAR's genealogical records collection and the DAR library catalog.
Tutorials on the application process for the DAR and SAR will be
provided, as well as an examination of Revolutionary War pensions. In
the afternoon, choose between attending an SAR meeting, featuring a
program by William Sharp on "The Siege at Bryan's Station," or
attending a DAR meeting, featuring a presentation by Bob Jones who is
a Revolutionary Soldier Re-Enactor. You can take a tour of The
Genealogy Center and schedule a 30 minute consultation with a DAR or
SAR member to discuss your specific application to the organization.
(Note: You must bring your lineage paperwork to the appointment. Due
to limited availability, send an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to
schedule your consultation time.) For more information, see the flyer
Registration is required for this free seminar. Please call
260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to register.

WinterTech is Here!
With the chill in the air, it may not be the time for genealogists to
browse cemeteries or take long genealogy research trips. However, it
is the perfect time to sharpen our technology skills. Held in the
afternoons on the second Wednesdays, November through February, to
coincide with the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana's
monthly evening meetings, WinterTech gives you meaningful indoor
educational opportunities. This year's WinterTech kicks off with a
"WeRelate Overview," on November 9, 2011, at 2:30 PM, in Meeting Room
C. Cynthia Theusch will explain how the wiki can allow
you to post pages about your ancestors, add data to existing pages,
and share information with other researchers. Future WinterTech
Sessions will include information on locating books online, a virtual
tour of The Genealogy Center's Catalog, and a survey of the website for British, Irish, and Scots research. For more
information, see the flyer at
Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to register.

Out and About
Curt Witcher
November 5, 2011--Exton, PA--Pennsylvania Family History Day, Wyndham
Garden, 815 N. Pottstown Pike. Topics presented will be “The Changing
Face of Genealogy” and “Mining the Motherlode: Using Periodical
Literature for Genealogical Research.”

November 12, 2011--Phoenix, AZ--Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board
Annual Workshop, Carnegie Center, 1101 W. Washington Street. Topics
presented will be “Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military
Records and Research,” “Using Government Documents for Genealogical
Research,” “Pain in the Access: Getting More from the Internet for
Your Genealogy,” and “S.O.S.: Saving Our Societies--Answering Our
Distress Beacons.”

Melissa Shimkus
November 19, 2011--Indianapolis, IN--Genealogical Society of Marion
County’s 16th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference, Indiana
History Center, 450 West Ohio Street. Topics presented will be “Before
Crossing the Ocean: Records of Our Immigrant Ancestors,” “Visit
American Records of our Immigrant Ancestors,” “Ellis Island, Online
Immigration Records,” and “Naturalization Records.”

***The Genealogy Center in the Indiana Library Federation's Genealogy
Monday, November 14, 2011, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN
8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
After ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’--Engaging Beginning Genealogists
The prime-time NBC hit “Who Do You Think You Are?” has brought many
more individuals who have never done any genealogical research into
our libraries seeking information about their ancestors. This workshop
will focus on providing a positive first experience and continuing to
create engaging experiences for novice genealogists. Material covered
will include good reference interview techniques, how to move the
customer from storytelling to data provision, and how to foster
independent use of our genealogy and local history collections.
Presenter: Curt B. Witcher

10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Genealogy’s Mega Databases: FamilySearch and offers an amazing collection of online resources and
is available to anyone or any institution at no cost. While requires a subscription fee, its more than 6 billion
historical records greatly expand any library’s collection of
genealogical resources. This workshop will cover FamilySearch online
databases, the FamilySearch research wiki, Ancestry search techniques
and Ancestry collections to show how FamilySearch and Ancestry can
exponentially expand the resources your library has to offer family
Presenters: Melissa Shimkus and Dawne Slater-Putt

1:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Net Treats--Useful Free Sites for Genealogists
This workshop will explore a number of terrific Internet sites for
genealogists, all free. Not only will the sites be identified but also
strategies for successfully using them will be articulated.
Presenter: Delia Bourne

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
November 9, 2011--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments and social time, 7 p.m.
program.  Mark Davis will present: “Hallowed Stones: Cemetery

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
The George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series, November 6, 2011, 2 p.m.
Barbara Morrow will be speaking on, “Ahead of Her Time: Gene

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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