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.