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~ Guest Post by The Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center is partnering with Children’s Services and Young Adult Services to host a weekend full of family activities and events June 5-7 as a “branch party” of Global Family Reunion 2015! All activities will take place at the Main Library, 900 Library Plaza.

Global Family Reunion will be Saturday, June 6, in New York City. The event, brainchild of author A. J. Jacobs, celebrates that we are all part of one big family – we are all cousins! The New York activities, including speakers, games, and other events, will take place on the grounds of the legendary 1964 World’s Fair, now home to the New York Hall of Science. Our local “branch party” will feature live streaming from New York on Saturday. Proceeds from ticket sales to the New York event will go toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Events at ACPL are free.

Full details about local activities are available in the Global Family Reunion brochure. Besides other events, there will be three family photo opportunities:
•    Have your family photo taken in The Great Hall and we will email you a copy
•    Take a silly picture of your family with props in Children’s Services
•    You Are (Were) Here – Take a photo in front of the green screen in Young Adult Services & we’ll superimpose it on a country of your ancestors’ origin

In addition, bring heritage family photos and we will scan them, preserve them on our website, and email you a copy!

There will be chess and board games in Young Adult Services noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as outdoor games – bocce ball on Friday, cornhole on Saturday, and badminton on Sunday – on the Library Plaza!

The Genealogy Center will present talks on Family History Fun, Ways to Display Your Family History Using Pinterest, Storytelling, Exciting Ways to Share Your Genealogy, and Being Creative … with Your Family History.

There’s more! Keep watching this blog, The Genealogy Center’s website, our social media outlets and Genealogy Gems to learn times and days for various activities.


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  • Preservation Week, Pass It On Through Photography
  • Main Library
  • April 26 – May 2, 2015
  • Free


Photographers and Photography of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1843 – 1930 presented by John Beatty.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Sunday, April 26, 2015.  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

How to Look at Your Photographs, Analyze & Organize presented by Kay Spears.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Monday, April 27, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Scrapbooking Your Photographs presented by Sara Allen.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.   Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Taking Better Photographs presented by Bob Albertson.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Preserving Photos on Social Media & in the Cloud presented by Dawne Slater.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Thursday, April 30, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

A Day in Allen County.  Friday, May 1, 2015.  Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info , Twitter #DayinAllenCo2015 , Upload pictures at http://www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter , Instagram @GenealogyCenter

A Preservation and Care of Photographs Discussion.  Main Library, Meeting Room B & C.  Saturday, May 2, 2015. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register for any or all of these free programs.

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LINCOLN Civil War Mourning and the Death of Abraham Lincoln

  • Lincoln at the Library:  Civil War Mourning and the Death of Abraham Lincoln
  • Main Library, Meeting Room A
  • April 19, 2015
  • 2:00 pm
  • Free

Shannon Cable will present our next Lincoln at the Library lecture in 2015 — please join us!  As the nation remembers the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the Civil War, Cable will present an insightful look at the mourning rituals of nineteenth century America.  An extensive collection of original mourning materials will be on display.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.  Hope to see you there!







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  • You Are Your Own Cold Case
  • Hessen Cassel branch
  • March 30, 2015
  • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Free

Find your family tree with African American Genealogy in a “You are your own cold case” style of investigation.  Roberta Ridley will show you how to uncover what is available in the census records to start your family tree and share suggestions for talking with your family members.  This program is for the whole family.

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  • Discovering Your Female Ancestors
  • Main Library, Meeting Room A
  • March 17, 2015
  • 3:00 pm
  • Free

Female ancestors are difficult to uncover because they are “hidden” within records. Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us locate them. Join Melissa Tennant and discover how to search records and locate your female ancestors.

Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register for this free program.

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  • March Madness, Genealogy Style
  • Main Library, Meeting Room A
  • March 1, 2015 – March 7, 2015
  • Free

Now that our WinterTech series is over, and spring is right around the corner, it’s time to rebound into your research with March Madness, Genealogy Style. Hear about the life of basketball great, John Wooden at the History Center, then join The Genealogy Center staff and friends for some back-to-basics research essentials!

Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden presented by Barbara Olenyik Morrow.  The History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Colonial Southern Overview: What You Need to Know Before You Start Your Research presented by Delia Bourne.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Monday, March 2, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Genealogical Research in Colonial New England presented by John Beatty.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Using Clues in the 1880 Census to Solve Earlier Research Challenges presented by Cynthia Theusch.  Main Library, Meeting Room A. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Finding Family in Pre-1850 Census Records and Census Substitutes presented by Sara Allen.  Main Library, Meeting Room A. Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

We All Deserve a Second Chance! Taking another Look at the Early Records in Our Files presented by Dawne Slater.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Friday, March 6, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

History and Records of Indiana’s ‘Gore’ presented by Tina Lyons.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register for any or all of these free programs.  For more information, see the March Madness, Genealogy Style brochure.

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  • Exploring Unique African American Resources in the Genealogy Center
  • Main Library, Meeting Room C
  • February 23, 2015
  • 6:30 pm
  • Free

Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center Manager, will offer a look at the Center’s African American Gateway, the online collection of African American Historical Newspapers, the growing collection of home-going programs online, and the Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive database.

Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register for this free program.

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