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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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CBF 2015 poster flyer

Please join us for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival to be held Sunday, May 17th from noon to 5:00 PM at the Main Library.  Its 9th year promises to be the best yet!

Many performances and activities highlighting Japanese culture will be featured, including traditional music, taiko, minyo dancing, tea ceremony, bonsai, martial arts, anime drawing, cosplay, food, and children’s crafts.

Most events are free of charge but donations are always gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available for purchase as will books, textiles, and hand-crafted items in the festival marketplace.

The festival is organized by Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, partnering with the library.  Many thanks to the local businesses and individuals who contribute to its sponsorship!


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  • Photo part of Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Photo part of Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    John E. Wilkins, Ready and Able

  • Monroeville Branch
  • May 6, 2015
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

Please join us as Mark Meyer presents a Civil War journey through the eyes of Hoosier volunteer John E. Wilkins. Wilkins was one of the first to answer Lincoln’s call for volunteers in April 1861 and served in the Indiana 11th and 16th Regiments.  He chronicled his experiences in a diary and “notebooks of recollections” which are part of the Lincoln Collection at the Allen County Public Library.


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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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"John Wilkes Booth wanted poster" by Unknown - Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division - http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g05341. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Wilkes_Booth_wanted_poster.jpg#/media/File:John_Wilkes_Booth_wanted_poster.jpg

“John Wilkes Booth wanted poster” by Unknown – Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division – http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g05341. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org

  • The Murderer is Still at Large!  The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Capture of John Wilkes Booth
  • Monroeville Branch
  • April 1, 2015
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

Retired Northwood Middle School History teacher, David Dew, returns to Monroeville to talk about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the effort to capture John Wilkes Booth.  Civil War buffs will not want to miss this!

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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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