Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne. The Genealogist’s Unofficial One-Stop Guide to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.
By Harold Henderson, CG. In PDF. 26 pages. 2013.
Accessed at http://www.midwestroots.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ACPLGC-April-2013.pdf.
It isn’t often an author invites the readers to contact him about additions, corrections, and comments. But the author, Harold Henderson, is an exceptionally gracious writer, who offers this publication free of charge, and it’s going to be of great benefit for researchers who plan on attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ “Journey Through Generations” conference to be held August 21-24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Fort Wayne is the home of the Allen County Public Library, whose Genealogy Center is renowned, probably second only to the Family History Library as a library not to be missed in compiling our family genealogies.
Mr. Henderson’s Finding Ancestors will be a great help in preparing for the trip. If you go unprepared, without a research plan, without a good knowledge of the repository you’re visiting, you’ll get about a tenth as much done compared to what you should get accomplished. An unfortunate waste of your time, resources and money. Believe me, I’ve done it a number of times.
Finding Ancestors is a PDF, so it’s easily downloadable. It’s 26 pages, so if you print it out, it’s not going to fill your suitcase. A very manageable set of printed papers. But if you print it out, make sure you have an electronic copy on a jump drive or saved on Google Docs. It’s the links within the publication that make it useful..
Mr. Henderson advises the researcher on what to do even before walking out the door. He recommends online resources (including a video) as an orientation of the library, with numerous links. He well-describes the finding aids, with links. There is a map of Fort Wayne, a map of the library, and accompanying explanations. There are plenty of photos to acquaint the reader with the look of the library.
This is an excellent preparation guide if you’re going to Fort Wayne. Even if you’ve been there before, a good review might help you out. It’s free with plenty of links to give you a great start.
Mr. Henderson put in a lot of work preparing this publication. I’m sure he was thorough in checking his facts and his links, he’s that kind of a guy. He’s done a great service to the genealogists who will be going to Fort Wayne, no matter when.
Mr. Henderson writes a blog at http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com. Midwestern history is his bailiwick.
Give him a big, warm Thank You hug when you see him in August.
Maybe he’ll do this for us again next year!