Allen County Public Library Website

The Allen County Library this fall has posted a new web­site at The site has a num­ber of fea­tures of interest.

  • There are eight free data­bases that you can search simul­ta­ne­ously from their homepage:
    • African Amer­i­can Gate­way — Includes infor­ma­tion on US, Cana­dian, and Caribbean resources.
    • Fam­ily Files and Resources — Six­teen unique fam­ily files sub­mit­ted by researchers.
    • Geneal­ogy Cen­ter Micro­text Cat­a­log — A search­able list of micro­film and micro­fiche avail­able in The Geneal­ogy Cen­ter of the Allen County Pub­lic Library.
    • Indi­ana and Other State Resources — These resources have been con­tributed by researchers. The states included at this point are Indi­ana (with the bulk of the resources), Illi­nois, Ken­tucky, Mary­land, Mass­a­chu­setts, Michi­gan, Min­nesota, Mon­tana, New Hamp­shire, New York, Ohio, Vir­ginia, West Vir­ginia, and Wisconsin.
    • Fam­ily Bible Records — This appears to be a small (but poten­tially grow­ing) col­lec­tion of records, cur­rently total­ing 12 families.
    • Fort Wayne and Allen County Resources — Mar­riage, death, ceme­tery, funeral home, court records (guardian­ships, appli­ca­tions for nat­u­ral­iza­tions), eth­nic records (African-American, Ger­man), gov­ern­ment, his­tory, insti­tu­tional, and mil­i­tary records. If you have fam­ily from this part of the coun­try, this is an invalu­able resource.
    • Geneal­ogy Cen­ter Sur­name File — A data­base of researchers who, since 1998, have left pro­vided the Library with their con­tact infor­ma­tion, and infor­ma­tion on the sur­names they are searching.
    • Our Mil­i­tary Her­itage — A col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can mil­i­tary records from the colo­nial wars through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • There are a num­ber of guides to par­tic­u­lar top­ics in geneal­ogy, includ­ing adop­tion, church records, East­ern Euro­pean research, Scot­tish research.
  • Geneal­ogy Gems, the library’s e-zine, is avail­able for free down­load from its incep­tion in March 2004 through 2009.
  • A blog out­lin­ing the new site and the Library.
  • There is a form you can use to request copies of arti­cles that are in the PERSI, the Peri­od­i­cal Source Index:

Well, I could stay here all night mak­ing a com­plete list, but these are some of the highlights.…

I am look­ing for­ward to delv­ing fur­ther into the site.

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