Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 97, March 31, 2012
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Genealogy Gems:  News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 97, March 31, 2012

In this issue:
*The Long-Awaited 1940 Census
*Genealogical Software Guides--Family Tree Maker
*Non-Catholic Church Registers of Quebec
*Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word 2010 Ribbon: File Tab
*Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Preservation Week: Pass It On!
*Introduction to the 1940 Census
*Beginners’ Workshop
*Tree Talks Highlight Aid to Beginners
*German Genealogy: A Two Day Mini-Course Is Back!
*Out and About
*Area Calendar of Events
*Driving Directions to the Library
*Parking at the Library
*Queries for The Genealogy Center

The Long-Awaited 1940 Census
by Curt B. Witcher
One would have had to be in seclusion for the past couple of years or
be brand new to family history, not to know that the 1940 census will
be released in less than two days. How can one not be excited about
the release of such an information-rich set of documents?! Details
about the lives of approximately 132 million Americans were recorded
with the taking of the 1940 census, and these details are being made
available to researchers for the first time. The 1940 census will be
the first U. S. census to be released digitally, and the first one to
be available to researchers everywhere for free on its release date.

Some of us will be able to find our parents or grandparents listed on
a census for the very first time; some may even find themselves listed
on a census for the first time! And assuredly this phenomenal release
of historical data will answer many researchers’ questions. What a
treasure these documents are, and will be for generations.

At 9 a.m. on Monday morning, April 2, 2012, the entire 1940 Census
will be available online at the following National Archives website:

As many already know, the 1940 census will be completely un-indexed
upon release. Until the indexes are created, one will locate
individuals of interest by conducting geographic-based searches
through the census data. My colleague, Delia Bourne, has put together
a search process, as well as a nice collection of links, to assist
researchers in locating individuals on the census before those records
are indexed. What is your search process? What can you add to the list
below? There will be many neat discoveries and shared experiences as
we explore this amazing collection of historical documents. (Delia is
also the presenter of the two free 1940 Census programs we are
offering this month, one on Census Day--April 2nd, and one on
Saturday, April 7th.)

Search Process
1. Identify targets: names, ages/birth dates & places.
2. Acquire possible address: city directories (book or microtext),
telephone books, city maps, atlases, fire insurance maps, family
records, WWII draft records, naturalizations or declarations of
3. Find person in 1930 census: note address and enumeration district (ED).
4. Use Steve Morse site to find 1940 ED from 1930 ED.
5. Use Google Maps, or other maps contemporary to the 1940s, to locate
6. Use cross-streets in the “Unified Census Finder” to narrow down to
one or two EDs.
7. Examine 1940 ED maps and compare with Google maps to determine
location and ED(s).
8. Search: Pay attention to street names and house numbers.

Online Information Sources About the 1940 Census.
Information on searching the census can be found at this site. Digital
images of the census records will be browsable for free on Ancestry
shortly after the official release.
With census template and facts, this site will have the 1940 census
available for free soon after release. This company is also
participating in the community-based indexing project for this census.
**Bureau of the Census.
One can find the enumerator’s instructions for the 1940 census here.
It is interesting to read these instructions, and such knowledge can
clarify what was recorded.
Another site where the census will be available to search for free
shortly after census day. FamilySearch is also leading the
community-based indexing project.
**Steve Morse’s Site:
Unified 1940 census enumeration district finder.

The release of the 1940 census should be another call to action for
us. First, we definitely should seek to document all possible
ancestors in this amazing collection of records. Second, I would urge
you to get involved in the community-based, crowd-sourced indexing
that is being led by three powerhouses in the genealogy space:
FamilySearch, and brightsolid. The adage many have heard
nearly innumerable times is so true: together we can do so much more
than we can do individually. Go to the website and volunteer TODAY:

Finally, let the release of this tremendous data set encourage us to
again commit to a discover-document-disseminate posture for our
research. Let’s commit to researching and finding our families’
histories, to compiling with appropriate sources what we have found,
and to sharing our histories with family members, libraries and online
research communities so that our histories will live on for

At no other time have the records that document our nation’s history
been at such great risk. Natural and man-made disasters, over-reaching
governments at all levels “protecting” us from historic information,
and the lack of attention being given to data integrity and
redundancy/back-up at all levels and in all sectors of society is
converging to place our historic records at greater and greater risk.
Many are committed to continuing the fight for the appropriate
preservation of, and access to, records on the local, state, and
national levels. At the end of the day, however, most successes in
this arena are compromises, and these compromises continue to erode
our access to the evidence of our history.

So let’s really celebrate the 1940 census by finding our families
among its pages, by being a part of the indexing community of more
than two hundred thousand individuals who will help index the 1940
census (making that index freely available to everyone forever), and
by sharing our stories that will assuredly contain new chapters based
on 1940 census data.

Genealogical Software Guides – Family Tree Maker
by Cynthia Theusch
Many family historians use genealogical software to organize their
research. Among the many benefits of this approach, they appreciate
the ease with which they can generate a variety of reports to share
with relatives. For the past few years Family Tree Maker has been the
most popular program, and according to TopTenReviews it is rated
number 1 in 2012. A useful aid to understanding the program’s many
features and workspaces is “The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker
2012” by Tana L. Pedersen (929 P324ca). The Genealogy Center also has
her earlier edition “The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2011”
(929 P324c). For Mac users, there is Pedersen’s “The Companion Guide
to Family Tree Maker for Mac 2” (929 P341c).

Each of these guides will help beginning and intermediate users get
comfortable with using routine features of the Family Tree Maker
software. For example, Family Tree Maker 2011 and 2012 both have
incorporated source templates to make it easier to cite sources for
each fact or event added to your family database. Currently, there are
more than 170 source templates. For the 1930 census, for example,
there are two source templates from which to choose – digital or
microfilm citation. Whatever record you wish to cite as documentation,
Pedersen’s “Guide” will lead you step by step through the use of these
handy templates.

Once you become familiar with using Family Tree Maker, you can move on
to additional features covered by Pederson’s “Beyond the Basics: A
Guide for Advanced Users of Family Tree Maker,” available at the
Genealogy Center in both 2011 (929 P324b) and 2012 editions (929

Other genealogical software guides also are available in The Genealogy
Center’s collections. For users of The Master Genealogist, for
example, there is Terry Reigel’s “A Primer for the Master Genealogist”
(929 R272p). The 2nd edition, just out, is on order.

Take a few minutes on your next visit to examine one of these useful
guides and learn how to get the most out of your genealogical
software. For those who are considering purchasing one of these
programs, the guides can help you compare and contrast their relative
merits for your own genealogical project.

Non-Catholic Church Registers of Quebec
by Dawne Slater-Putt, CG(sm)*
Quebec’s heritage is overwhelmingly French Catholic, which makes
resources for non-Catholics all the more precious to those with
ancestry in this minority group. The “Index des baptemes, mariages et
sepultures des Protestants de la region de Quebec, ca. 1790-1875
(Index of baptisms, marriages and burials of Protestants of the Region
of Quebec, ca. 1790-1875)” is a set of 182 microfiche covering
Protestant church records for the city of Quebec and the surrounding
areas of Levis, Lotbiniere, and Portneuf. Marriage, burial and
baptismal entries are combined into a single alphabetical index by
surname. Information on the filmed cards includes:

*For marriages: groom’s and bride’s names, date of marriage and church
or parish of marriage
*For burials: name of deceased, age, date of burial and church or parish
*For baptisms: child’s name, father’s name, mother’s first name, date
of baptism and church or parish of baptism

A typical marriage entry in the index is that of Ramon Beaufiel and
Sarah Taylor, married 13 September 1831 in Metropolitan. John Begg’s
funeral entry notes that he was 6 years old and was buried 25 July
1854 from St. Andrew’s Church. Thomas Beamish’s baptism entry reveals
that he was the son of John Beamish and Ann, and was baptized 8 July
1849 in the church serving Lake Beaupart, Stoneham and Valcardier.

The Genealogy Center also has original records from the non-Catholic
churches in the city of Quebec spanning the period 1768-1941 on 24
microfilms. These are arranged by parish or church and then by date.
Some of the original books have individual indexes. The microfiche
index to non-Catholic church records may be used to locate the
original records in this microfilm set. For example, the original
baptismal record of Thomas Beamish in the church records for the
parish serving Lake Beaupart, Stoneham and Valcardier in the late
1840s includes information not in the index entry: Ann’s maiden name –
Smith – and Thomas’s birth date, 20 October 1848. It also provides the
names of witnesses to the baptism.

Other microfilmed, non-Catholic church registers from Quebec are
available in The Genealogy Center for Cowansville (1825-1879),
Frontenac (1831-1880), Sherbrooke (1818-1879) and Montreal. In
addition, the department has a three-reel index to non-Catholic church
records of St. Francois, as well as numerous non-Catholic records in
the Drouin Collection.

*“CG” & “Certified Genealogist” are service marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, and are used by authorized associates
following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations.

Technology Tip of the Month--The Microsoft Word 2010 Ribbon: File Tab
by Kay Spears
The File tab is the very first tab on the ribbon and contains several
useful features. Under the Options feature, you will find most all of
the settings for Word. Altering these settings will change the
appearance and operation of Microsoft Word, so tread carefully.
However, do take a look at the choices available. Some of the things
you can change under Options are the spacing between words, the
auto-correct features, spell checking, how documents print, etc.

Also located on the File tab is the Recent feature. This displays the
last 20 Word documents and folders you have had open. Located to the
right of each document or folder is a Thumbtack.  Enabling this
Thumbtack pins that particular document or folder to the top of the

The Save and Save As options are also located on the File tab. The
Info tool will display basic information about the document that you
have open, including who created it, when it was created, and what
permissions may be attached to it.

The Print tool on the File tab features some interesting improvements.
When you click on the Print button, a print view of your document is
revealed on the right hand side of the screen. The number of pages in
your document is shown at the bottom. At the top left of your preview
document is the printer icon. Beside it, you may indicate the number
of copies you want to make. The default printer connected to your
computer is listed below the printer icon and a drop down arrow allows
you to select an alternate printer, if one is available. The Settings
appear below the listed Printer and may vary depending on your printer
drivers and the capabilities of your printer. For instance, some
printers have the capacity to duplex, or collate and staple, while
others do not. Drop down arrows allow you to change the default

For documents longer than one page, the printing options are Print All
Pages, Print Selection, Print Current Page, or Print Custom Range. One
of the features I like is the ability to select and print a single
page from the preview document without flipping back and forth between
File and Home. For instance, after clicking on File>Print, scroll to
page three in the preview document and select Print Current Page, then
Print. Only page three will print.

So, let's say a fond farewell to the Ribbon. Next article: Using the
Mask Tool in Adobe Photoshop.

Quick-Tip of the Month for Preservation--Preservation Week: Pass It On!
This year, national preservation week is April 22-28, 2012. The theme,
“Pass It On,” is intended to renew and reinforce interest in
preserving materials about our families and our communities. A website
that links to some resources to help you preserve your family
treasures and learn what to do when disaster strikes is below.

There also is an activity guide filled with fun projects to get the
whole family involved. Free webinars as well as free webcasts are
linked here, too. A few of these free offerings are listed below.

Free Webinars
**Taking Care: Family Textiles, Tuesday, April 24, Bronwyn Eves
**Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs, Thursday, April 26, Bill LeFurgy
Free Webcasts
**Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures, with Nancy Kraft
**Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories, with Bill LeFurgy

Introduction to the 1940 Census
At last, the 1940 Census will be available online for free on Monday,
April 2, at 9 a.m. 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 months before the entire 1940 census index
is completed. While you are waiting for the name indices, you will
need to search page by page for your ancestors. The Genealogy Center
is offering to assist you with this searching through our
"Introduction to the 1940 Census" class being offered twice in the
first week of April. The class will provide information and tips on
narrowing your search. Sessions are available on 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 for either of these classes by calling 260-421-1225 or
send an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

Beginners’ Workshop
The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is delighted to offer
"Getting Started in Family History & Genealogy Research," on Saturday
April 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Meeting Rooms A & B.
This three-hour workshop will be presented by Margery Graham, who
continues to get rave reviews on her classes and seminars. She will
demonstrate how to begin a family history search, how to gather and
organize information to produce the best results, and how to employ
basic research methods. The workshop will end with a tour of The
Genealogy Center. The fee is $10 and pre-registration is required. To
register, or to obtain more information, contact Marge at 260-672-2585
or by email at gramar57 [at]

Tree Talks Highlight Aid to Beginners
In an effort to continue the excellent instruction that Margery Graham
will begin with her introductory workshop in April, The Genealogy
Center's Tree Talks series (May through August) will feature classes
aimed to assist the beginner in family history. The first class, on
Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Meeting Room
A, will feature "Getting the Most from a Book." We know it sounds
easy, but not all books are the same. Differing formats, different
types of information, and different indexing systems can actually make
evaluating the information a little more difficult, especially for
beginners. This class will discuss the basics of using books, and how
to retrieve and evaluate all possible information. Other classes in
the series will include "How to Use The Genealogy Center: Basics" on
Saturday, June 23; "Ancestry: The Beginner's Way to Search" on
Saturday, July 28; and "Beginner's Guide to Vital Records" on
Saturday, August 25. All Tree Talks classes are 10:00 a.m. to 11:00
a.m. in Meeting Room A. For more information, see the brochure at
Please register for any or all of these free classes by calling
260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy [at] ACPL.Info.

German Genealogy: A Two Day Mini-Course Is Back!
The Genealogy Center is presenting the very popular two-day
mini-course in German Genealogy on June 7 & 8, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. each day. This workshop is an excellent introduction for
researchers with little or no experience in German records and covers
basic sources and techniques that lead to success. Instructors John
Beatty and Steve Myers will cover the following topics: An
Introduction to German Genealogical Research; Using German Church
Records; Advancing Your Research with the “PERiodical Source Index
(PERSI);” German Maps, Gazetteers & Other Important Printed Sources;
Swiss Genealogical Records; and Palatines Along the Hudson:
Researching 18th Century Settlers on Livingston Manor. There will be a
tour of The Genealogy Center and assisted research time both days.
Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.
Registration is $50 (Please make check payable to: "ACPL Foundation").
Cancellation after May 24, 2012 will incur a $20 administrative fee.
For more information and the registration packet, go to

Out and About
Curt Witcher
April 12-14, 2012, Cleveland, OH, Intercontinental Hotel--Ohio
Genealogical Society Annual Conference. April 12, 3-4 p.m.: “Roll
Call: Resources for Civil War Research in the Allen County Public
Library’s Genealogy Center;” April 14, 4-5 p.m.: “And the Rockets’ Red
Glare: Online Resources for War of 1812 Research.”

April 17, 2012, Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County Public Library--Indiana
Library Federation District 3 Conference. 10:10-11 a.m.: “The Changing
Face of Genealogy, and Our Changing Response.”

April 21, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture
Hall--Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Spring Seminar. All
day seminar to include the following topics: “Historical Research
Methodology;” “Mining the Motherlode: Using Periodical Literature for
Genealogical Research;” “And the Rockets’ Red Glare: Online Resources
for War of 1812 Research;” and “Pain in the Access: Getting More from
the Internet for Your Genealogy.”

Delia Bourne
April 17, 2012, Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County Public Library--Indiana
Library Federation District 3 Conference. Co-presenting with Melissa
Shimkus, 11:10 a.m.-12 noon: “Collaboration: Your Library’s Gateway to
‘The Sky’s the Limit!”

Melissa Shimkus
April 17, 2012, Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County Public Library--Indiana
Library Federation District 3 Conference. Co-presenting with Delia
Bourne, 11:10 a.m.-12 noon: “Collaboration: Your Library’s Gateway to
‘The Sky’s the Limit!”

April 28, 2012, Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County Public Library--Indiana
Genealogical Society Annual Meeting. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: “Becoming
Expert at Using Ancestry.”

Area Calendar of Events
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)
April 11, 2012--Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. 6:30 p.m. refreshments and social time, 7 p.m.
program.  Margery Graham will present: “Researching the War of 1812.”

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry, Ft. Wayne, IN
April 1, 2012, 2 p.m. Don Graham will be speaking on, “Fort Wayne’s
Historic Baseball Past.”

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
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