Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 95, January 31, 2012
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 95, January 31, 2012

In this issue:
*The Shortest Month Packed with Great Opportunities
*New England Town Reports
*Louisiana Naturalization Records
*Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word 2010 Ribbon: Mailings
and Review Tabs
*Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Recipe Cards and Cookbooks
*WinterTech: Exploring for Your British, Irish & Scots Ancestors
*March Madness: Genealogy Style
*Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 2--A Two-Day Mini-Course
*Introduction to the 1940 Census
*Family Tree Maker Training Sessions
*Library Closure for Staff Development Day
*Out and About
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

The Shortest Month Packed with Great Opportunities
by Curt B. Witcher
Within hours of receiving this ezine, the second annual RootsTech
conference will get underway in Salt Lake City. Last year’s event was
terrific--and this year’s appears to hold even more promise and
exciting opportunities. Technology has so radically impacted how
historical and genealogical research is done, how information is
shared, and how data is preserved for future use. The intersection of
technology and family history is an amazing space--one that we all
need to understand better and “play in” more completely and

What makes RootsTech so exciting is the freshness of the
presentations, the ability of technologists and genealogists to
interact in formal sessions, in the exhibit hall area, and in
un-conference sessions, as well as the focus on leading and bleeding
edge technologies applied in the genealogy space. RootsTech was the
largest genealogy conference in 2011; and with over three thousand
individuals currently registered, it looks like it will be the largest
multi-day genealogical event in 2012.

For those who are unable to attend, a number of the RootsTech sessions
will be streamed online. The sessions being streamed from the
RootsTech site <> are listed in the following and are
Mountain Standard Time (MST).
Thursday, February 2
**8:30-10:00 a.m., “Inventing the Future, as a Community” (Keynote
Address) by Jay L. Verkler
**11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., “Do I Trust the Cloud?” by D. Joshua Taylor
**1:45-2:45 p.m., “Effective Database Search Tactics” by Kory Meyerink
**3:00-4:00 p.m., “Twitter – It’s Not Just ‘What I Had for Breakfast’”
Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
**4:15-5:15 p.m., “Eleven Layers of Online Searches” by Barbara Renick
Friday, February 3
**8:30-9:30 a.m., “Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities”
(Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
**9:45-10:45 a.m., “Publish Your Genealogy Online” by Laura G. Prescott
**11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., “Optimize Your Site for Search Engines” by
Robert Gardner
**1:45-2:45 p.m., “Genealogists ‘Go Mobile’” by Sandra Crowly
**3:00-4:00 p.m., “Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy” by Dave Barney
Saturday, February 4
**8:30-9:30 a.m., “Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family
History Industry” (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and
**9:45-10:45 a.m. “Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101” by Lisa Louise Cooke
**11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., “Future of FamilySearch Family” Tree by Ron Tanner
**1:45-2:45 p.m., “Privacy in a Collaborative Environment” by Noah Tatuk

The list of presentations Ancestry will be streaming throughout
RootsTech ( LIVE @ RootsTech 2012) include the following
and are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Thursday, February 2
**2/2 @ 3:30 p.m.: “Using Advanced Photographic Techniques on Damaged Documents”
**2/2 @ 5:00 p.m.: Kory Meyerink from ProGenealogists
Friday, February 3
**2/3 @ 3:30 p.m.: “5 New Things to Try at”
**2/3 @ 5:00 p.m.: “The Inner-workings of the Search Engine”
Saturday, February 4
**2/4 @ 10:30 p.m.: “Tim Sullivan and an Panel”
**2/4 @ 1:00 p.m.: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Fold3”
**2/4 @ 2:00 p.m.: “Developer's Roundtable with Kendall Hulet”

For more than a quarter of a century, Black History Month in the
United States has been celebrated in February. For those who have
African American ancestors, this month provides wonderful reminders of
how empowering it can be to know your family’s story, and how many new
resources are available for researching African American heritage. The
Genealogy Center has long maintained the “African American Gateway” as
a free site for discovering African American genealogical resources on
the Internet and in The Center’s collection.
<> The Gateway is arranged by
U. S. states, regions of the country when resources cover more than a
single state, foreign countries, and research topics.  In each of
these catagories, web links are listed first, followed by a listing of
specific resources in The Genealogy Center for that particular area or
subject. It is a very handy way to access an amazing collection of
materials for African American research.

At the dawn of 2012’s Black History month, The Genealogy Center has a
brand new historical database of slavery and anti-slavery materials.
My colleague, Melissa Shimkus, wrote the following about this new

“Family historians and academic researchers visiting The Genealogy
Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, now
have access to an online digital archive of historical court records,
maps, books, newspapers and periodicals from the United States, Latin
America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe that focus on the topics of
slavery and abolition. The new database, “Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A
Transnational Archive,” is comprised of documents previously available
only on microfilm or at academic institutions. One of the collections
available through this database is “Debates over Slavery and
Abolition,” which covers the history of slavery from the 16th century
to 1888 and the resistance that led to abolition. Another collection,
“Slave Trade in the Atlantic World,” records the history and impact of
the Atlantic Slave Trade in numerous countries. These records not only
document the history of slavery, but also illustrate effects on women
and children, as well as the religious and legal issues involved.
Researchers can utilize this unique and informative collection of
databases in The Genealogy Center and at any Allen County Public
Library location through the On-Site Databases tab on The Genealogy
Center’s website, <>.”

The first Friday in February marks the start of the third season of
the popular television series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” If you need
a little motivation to get back to researching your family history
more regularly, or if you just enjoy seeing others delight in
genealogical research, it is a prime-time show you don’t want to miss.
The February 3rd show will feature Martin Sheen and genealogical
discoveries about his family. All “Who Do You Think You Are?” shows
air at 8 p.m. eastern time on NBC. For more information on this year’s
series, visit <>

New England Town Reports
by Steven W. Myers
The published records of local governments are an important source of
information for both the local historian and the genealogist, but with
the exception of vital records have been largely ignored by family
historians. The Genealogy Center has a large collection of printed
annual reports for hundreds of New England towns stretching from the
mid-nineteenth century to the present. Printed in most towns with
populations under 10,000, these reports are not only full of details
about individual community residents, but also reward searchers with
tidbits that illustrate the context of life in bygone eras.

The “Annual Report of the Town of Hillsborough” (974.202 H554ar) in
New Hampshire for the year ending February 15, 1894, will provide some
examples. Comprised of individual reports from the “Selectmen,
Treasurer, Collector, Road Agent, Auditors, School Boards, Board of
Health and Town Clerk,” it includes some narrative, but is largely
accounts of receipts and expenditures, and other lists of names. In
making the case for electric lights, the selectmen report that
“Electricity is now rapidly becoming the illuminating agent of the
day, taking the place of kerosene and gas as they did that of tallow
and sperm oil, within the recollection of many of us.” The various
accounts list numerous names of individuals and companies providing
products and services to the town. For example, H. C. Colby was paid
$9.95 for “repairing fountains,” and Mary C. Bixby was paid $75 for
“services as librarian.” Rural dirt roads were in constant need of
repair and many farmers earned extra money doing “road work” when the
demands of their home farms were low. The Hillsborough report includes
thirteen pages of the names of those who worked on the roads,
including: Joe Blanchard, paid $49 for “14 days’ work with horses,”
and W. S. Scruton, paid $1.45 for supplying “liniment for horses.” The
police report notes the arrest of 31 for “drunkenness,” 4 for
“fornication,” and 1 “stubborn child” during the year, while the
report on schools includes lengthy lists of students with perfect
attendance. Even the less documented poor who received aid are
featured. For example, the town paid $24 to W. O. Chase for boarding
James Chase, a dependent soldier. The Hillsborough report closes with
details of all births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in the town
during 1893, including the names and birthplaces of the father and
mother of the child, groom, bride, or deceased named in each record.

Town reports from other communities and time periods may provide
different details. The “Annual Report of the Town of Casco” (974.102
C26ar) in Maine for 1932-1933 includes a list of dog licenses issued.
Provided are the owner’s name and the name, sex, color, breed and age
of the dog. For the many details they contain about the lives of
community residents, the New England Town Reports are well worth

Louisiana Naturalization Records
by Delia C. Bourne
The Genealogy Center recently received parts of several collections of
microfilmed naturalization records for the New Orleans area. This is
good news for researchers who have ancestors in that area, of course,
but for all genealogists these collections are a wonderful example of
the type of material 20th century naturalization records can provide.

“Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, New Orleans
District Office: Index to Certificates of Naturalization 1831-1905”
(NARA R7A 22, RG 85) is the most complete set of the new acquisitions.
This card index to naturalization certificates issued by local, state,
and federal courts in Louisiana can include name, address, age or date
of birth, date and port of arrival, names and addresses of witnesses
testifying to the character of the petitioner, information on the
issuing court, and the volume and page on which the certificate is
recorded. For example, Jack Duca, an Italian immigrant, was
naturalized in New Orleans in 1899. His witnesses were F. Bonnano and
D. Raggio, Jr. The reverse of his card indicates that he made his
Declaration of Intention in 1896 in the Orleans Parish Criminal
District Court, illustrating that the records can appear almost

The “Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Division, Index to
Naturalizations, 1837-1988” (NARA 7RA 229, RG 21) is a card index to
naturalization petitions. The cards usually include only the
petitioner’s name, numbers assigned to his or her record at each stage
of the naturalization process (declaration of intention, petition, and
naturalization certificate), dates of filing, and volume and page
references. The cards do include aliases. For example, Mini Pepito
Dummet, a.k.a. Domenica Pepito, filed a declaration in June 1942. The
Genealogy Center has reels 10 through 29 of this set, covering
surnames beginning with letters D through Z.

“Records for the United States District Court, for the Eastern
District of Louisiana: Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1959” (NARA 7RA
232) is an alphabetical collection of petitions, including the
petitioner’s name, address, occupation, date and place of birth,
spouse’s name, and date and place of marriage. Also provided are the
names, ages, sexes and birth places of the petitioner’s children, as
well as the city of last foreign residence before entering the United
States, places of embarkation and debarkation, and ship name. For
example, Dionisio Juan Cruz Garcia, born 1884 in Monterrubio, Spain,
arrived in New York aboard the “SS Montevideo” in 1913. He married
Winnie Lee Weeks in 1931 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, but was
divorced by 1945. He was employed from 1936 to 1949 aboard the “SS
Santa Marta,” a ship of American Registry working for the United Fruit
Company. A physical description is also provided. He applied for
citizenship in August 1945. Indicating that he went by the name John
Cross, he signed the petition with his birth name, and the oath as
John Cross. Some of these records also include photos of the
petitioner. The Genealogy Center holds reels 1 and 2 (1906-1916) and 4
through 10 (1917-1929) of this set.

The cards containing “Records for the United States District Court,
for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Naturalization Declaration of
Intention, 1906-1977” (NARA 7RA-230) are arranged by number, with an
index at the front. The cards provide the same information as the
Petitions (7RA 232, above), adding the type of conveyance. Nils
Thoroff Kristofer Nilson (a.k.a. Ralph Nilson) age 31, made his
Declaration on April 1, 1926. He was 5’4” tall, with brown hair and
blue eyes. He weighed 130 pounds and had a tattoo on his right
forearm. Born in Oslo, Norway, December 18, 1894, he emigrated from
Tampico, Mexico, on the ship “Mary Lukenbank,” arriving in New Orleans
October 6, 1925. In his Declaration, he had to swear that he was not
an anarchist or polygamist. The Genealogy Center has reels 34 to 45
(1943-1959) of this set.

These wonderful record groups (all filed in cabinet 74-B-3) colorfully
depict New Orleans as a melting pot, and demonstrate the depth of
information that can be found in 20th century naturalization records.

Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word 2010 Ribbon: Mailings
and Review Tabs
by Kay Spears
Let’s look at the Mailings tab first. There are three tools of
interest on this tab: Envelopes, Labels and Mail Merge. I will
describe the first two here: Envelopes and Labels. Both of these are
fairly simple tools.

Envelopes: When the Envelopes dialog box is open, you will notice
boxes labeled “Delivery address” and “Return address." All you need do
is enter the correct addresses in each box and print. However, if you
are using an envelope with a return address already printed on it, you
will want to leave the return address box blank or make sure the
“Omit” box is checked. To change the size of the envelope, select

Labels: First, open the Labels dialog box, go to “Options,” select the
kind of label you will be printing, and click “OK.” The Labels dialog
box will return. If you are printing only one label, enter the
“Address,” then select “Single label” and the appropriate “Row” and
“Column” in the “Print” box. If you want to print an entire sheet of
labels with the same address, enter the “Address,” then select “Full
page of the same label” in the “Print” box. If you want to print an
entire sheet of labels, each with a different address, click on “New
Document.” This will open an entire page of blank labels on which you
may enter addresses. Or, you may use Mail Merge instead. I will cover
mail merges in the next article.

Now, let’s look at the Review tab. This is where Microsoft has located
the Proofing tools most often used in reviewing documents. Included
are Spelling and Grammar, Research, Thesaurus, and Word Count. The
Review tab also contains a Tracking tool, which I suggest that you use
sparingly. While this tool may help you keep track of changes,
sometimes it can create confusion and frustration for the person who
will be receiving your document.

Next month: The Microsoft Word 2010 Ribbon: The Joys of Mail Merge

Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Recipe Cards and Cookbooks
by Dawne Slater-Putt
Now that the hustle-bustle of the holidays is over and the weather may
be inclement, it’s a great time to settle in with a family project. In
the quest to preserve our family information, we often think of
traditional genealogical records, files and photographs. But what
about those cookbooks and recipe cards which have been passed down
from one generation to the next? Sharing holiday meals during the
recent season may have led you and your loved ones to reminisce about
family gatherings of years ago and the dear mothers, grandmothers and
other relatives, since passed away, who prepared those festive meals.

A wonderful project to distribute at this summer’s family reunion, or
at the holiday gathering at the end of the year, might be a family
cookbook! Your relatives may have recipe cards tucked away that were
handwritten by family members and describe how to make some of the
family’s favorite dishes. These can be transcribed for the book, and
the recipe cards color-copied to preserve the handwriting of the loved
one. You could include a photograph of each cook – preferably in the
kitchen, wearing an apron! Ethnic specialties or dishes particularly
loved by the family are excellent choices to represent in the book.
Write about any family traditions connected with food, such as the
necessity to have two dishes of dressing with the turkey at
Thanksgiving – one with oysters and one without! (Woe to the person
who got them mixed up and took a mouthful of the oyster dressing by

The “publication” of the cookbook can be as simple or as elaborate as
you desire. You can include photographs or not; print it in color or
black and white. It can be printed at home and simply stapled,
comb-bound with a plain colored cardstock cover, or saddle-stapled
with a glossy, coated cardstock cover. Your local office supply store
can advise you about printing and provide price estimates.

Creating a family cookbook is a wonderful way to ensure the
preservation of favorite recipes and family traditions, along with the
handwriting of the cooks and the warm memories of gathering with loved
ones at those special times of year.

WinterTech: Exploring for Your British, Irish & Scots Ancestors
The Genealogy Center's WinterTech series concludes with Steve Myers
explaining the many databases and other resources available through
The Genealogy Center's subscription to the Origins Network, on
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C.
Held in the afternoons of the second Wednesdays, November through
February, to coincide with the Allen County Genealogical Society of
Indiana's monthly evening meetings, WinterTech expands your knowledge
of family history research using technology. For more information, see
the flyer at
Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to register.

March Madness: Genealogy Style
The Genealogy Center's annual “March Madness: Genealogy Style” ushers
in the spring research season with a week of educational opportunities
to jumpstart the hunt for your ethnic ancestors. This year's schedule
is listed below.
**”Researching Your Polish Ancestors,” Sunday March 18, 2012, 1:00 -
2:00 p.m., Meeting Room A, with Kris Rzepczynski.
**”French Canadian Research at The Genealogy Center,” Monday March 19,
2012, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Meeting Room A, with Cynthia Theusch.
**”The Riches of First Nations Heritage: Beginning Native American
Genealogical Research,” Tuesday March 20, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.,
Meeting Room A, with Curt Witcher.
**Daughters of the American Revolution Research Assistance for
Membership, Wednesday March 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., The
Genealogy Center AND “It Was Everyone's War,” Wednesday March 21,
2012, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Meeting Room A.
**”Shadowed Roots: Antebellum Era Records for African-American
Research,” Thursday March 22, 2012, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room
A, with Melissa Shimkus.
For more information about these free classes, see our flyer at
Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info to register.

Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 2--A Two-Day Mini-Course
The week of “March Madness: Genealogy Style” finishes up with one of
our most popular two-day mini-courses, as Steve Myers presents “Irish
& Scots-Irish Genealogy: Part 2,” on Friday & Saturday March 23-24,
2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B. This
workshop is designed for researchers with some experience in using
basic Irish records and will cover additional sources and techniques
that lead to success. Sessions include: Irish Local History
Publications: An Untapped Source; Irish Probate Records, Deeds &
Biographical Sources; Using Irish Landed Estate Records and Other
Manuscript Sources; The Irish Rebellion of 1798 as a Source of
Genealogical Records; Confiscation, Plantation & British Military
Service; The Irish Research Trip; and personal consultations. Cost for
both days is $50. Space is limited so please register in advance.
Program details and registration information are included in the
brochure at

Introduction to the 1940 Census
The long-awaited release of the 1940 census will occur on April 2,
2012. The unindexed census will be available that day from the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website. Shortly
after appearing on the NARA site, the 1940 census will be available at,, and The indexing process
will begin immediately, but it will be a while before those indices
appear online. While you are waiting for the name indices to become
available, take this class to discover tips on locating your ancestors
in this valuable resource. The Genealogy Center is offering this
lecture three times: Wednesday, March 28, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting
Rooms B & C; Monday April 2, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms A
& B; and Saturday April 7, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B.
For more information, please see the brochure at
Please register in advance for any or all of these classes by calling
260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

Family Tree Maker Training Sessions
Struggling with your Family Tree Maker software? Have a few questions
you need answered? Or just starting with the system and wondering
where to begin? Ponder no more! The Genealogy Center is offering a
series of training sessions to walk you through the features of this
popular genealogy program. Taught by Cynthia Theusch, these training
sessions will be on Wednesdays, twice a month from March to mid-June,
and vary in length, depending on the aspect of the software that is to
be covered. The sessions are:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

All sessions are a hands-on learning experience in the library’s
Computer Classroom. Remember to bring a flash drive so that you can
save your work and bring it next time. Space is limited and
registration is required for these free sessions, so call 260-421-1225
or email Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info today to register!

Fee Change for Computer Prints
Beginning February 1, 2012, computer printouts at the Allen County
Public Library will cost 10 cents per page, up from 5 cents. The
change will make all copy charges uniform in preparation for the move
to a single copy card that will allow patrons to photocopy printed
material or to print data they find in a computer search. Photocopy
charges have held steady at 10 cents per page for more than 32 years.

Library Closure for Staff Development Day
The entire Allen County Public Library system, including The Genealogy
Center, will be closed on Friday, February 10, 2012 for staff
development day. The library and Genealogy Center will open again on
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the regular time of 9 a.m.

Out and About
Curt Witcher
March 24, 2012, Carlsbad, CA--North San Diego County Genealogical
Society. All day seminar will cover the following topics:
“Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Research
Key,” “Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery!” “Historical Research
Methodology: Engaging the Process to Find All the Answers,” and
“Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.”

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
February 8, 2012--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments and social time, 7 p.m.
program.  Roberta Ridley will present: “African American Genealogical

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
February 5, 2012, 2 p.m. J. J. Foster will be speaking on, “Separate
but Equal.”
Special Program on February 12, 2012 at 2 p.m.: “The Road to Brown.”
This video and panel discussion will focus on the landmark 1954
Supreme Court ruling about segregated schools in America. It is
sponsored in cooperation with the African/African American Historical
Society and Museum.

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.

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