Saturday, March 01, 2008


From Genealogy Gems from Allen County Public Library, No. 48 (February 29, 2008):

Tree Talks--A Family History Lecture Series
by Delia Bourne and Melissa Shimkus

As announced in our January issue, every fourth Saturday from March to October will feature educational opportunities for researchers at ACPL's Main Library. Mark your calendars now for the first two events:

Using Census Records presented by Melissa Shimkus
Saturday, March 22, 2008, 10:00 a.m. Meeting Room C

Census records are easily accessible to genealogists via the Internet. Family relationships, migration, and immigration can be discovered using these resources. Melissa will help you to identify what genealogy treasures are found in census records, as well as to develop search methods and strategies to overcome research problems.

Indiana Church Records presented by John Beatty
Saturday, April 26, 2008, 10:00 a.m. Meeting Room A

Church records offer a significant and little-used resource for
genealogical research. John will discuss the different types of
records that churches produce, including parish registers, minutes of meetings, and directories. He will illustrate, through examples, the types of records that exist for various denominations, and provide descriptions of the information these records contain. He will also offer some strategies for locating these records.

Tree Talks – Super Sized

A couple of times each year, the Genealogy Center will present a two-day symposium on selected aspects of research. We are already planning the first of these, a Military Symposium presented by Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, on Friday and Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2008. Starting with "Using Records at the National Archives: A Researcher's View," on September 26 at 3pm, and followed by research time in the Genealogy Center, where registered attendees may stay researching until the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Friday evening at the library will end with Curt Witcher speaking on the Genealogy Center's "Military Heritage" website. Saturday morning, Ms. Melchiori will present "If Grandpa Wore Blue: Union Records in the National Archives" and "If Grandpa Wore Gray: Confederate Records in the National Archives." Morning sessions will end at noon, allowing plenty of research time and an opportunity for individual consultations in the afternoon. Space is limited so it is certainly not too early to register.

Registration (including Friday evening dinner): $50 payable to the Allen County Public Library. Send a check with your name, postal address and email address to:

Military Symposium 2008
Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library
P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270

Questions: 260-421-1225 or Genealogy@ACPL.Info

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.

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