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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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