Marti has been doing genealogy for over 20 years while also working in information technology. She has experience with organizing trips for her daughter’s cheerleading squad and has been the maintenance and architectural chair for a condominium association for last five years. She brings a wealth of experience to the committee.
CAGGNI is going to the Allen County Public Library June 15-17.
-deadline is June 5.
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Guided tour by ACPL staff, Friday, 9 a.m.
are willing to ride share.
breakfast and parking. To stay an extra night, contact the front desk at the hotel property.
Meals: On your own. We are facilitating a dinner Friday, June 16, at Don Hall’s Old Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, a 15-minute walk from the Library. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal, drinks and tip.
Joining CAGGNI for the road trip to the Allen County Public Library?
Here are some tips prepared by the 2012 and current road trip committees. (While care has been taken to update this document, some information may be out of date.)
The Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort. Wayne,IN, is the second largest genealogy library in the country. Despite its size and vast collection, the library staff has done an exceptional job of organizing its resources into an understandable and easily accessible collection. If this is your second visit to ACPL or you have not yet visited the new library building that opened in 2007, CAGGNI believes you will find the following tips and suggestions helpful. Additionally, since knowledge of what to expect and preparation in advance promises a rewarding experience, we hope
these tips will make your visit less stressful and even more successful.
– Location: The ACPL main library is located at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802; Phone:(260) 421-1200.
Hours:The library is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9:00a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m.
For directions to ACPL click on the “Location” tab on the library’s homepage. Then click on “Directions”in the white pop-up box, which will bring up Google maps with the address of the library already provided.
If you wish to park at the library, a map showing the locations of the public lots/garage can be found under the “Genealogy”tab; scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on
“Our Location,” then in the right hand column click on “Parking Info.”
Parking costs $7per day and does not provide for in/out privileges. Parking tickets must be taken inside the main library for validation and/or payment.
Handicapped parking:The ACPL Parking map noted above shows a Handicapped Lot at the corner of Ewing Street and Washington Boulevard. There is also handicapped parking in the garage underneath the library, which has elevator access. A handicapped placard or license plate is required.
What to Bring: Of course, you will bring your personal research tools along with notepaper and writing utensils, but what else might be helpful?
Laptop: If you have a laptop, bring it along. The library has Wi-Fi and you will be able to use your laptop to access the same information you can from the library computers,including the library’s extensive webpage, subscription databases and catalog without waiting for a library computer to become available.
Cable Lock: Since it is easy to get distracted, the library staff suggests you bring a laptop cable lock if you will be using your computer at the library.
Camera:The library allows the use of digital cameras to “copy” documents.
Scanner:You may also use your personal scanner–so bring your Flip-
Flash Drive:All public computers have USB ports. Information may be downloaded to your flash drive rather than using the printer.
Identification:You will need to get a Guest Pass to use the library’s computers and identification sometimes is required.
Small Paper Pad:The library does not provide paper to jot notes and call numbers. When you arrive make your first stop in the library at the Genealogy Center’s Ask Here desk on the second floor.
Guest Pass: At the Ask Here desk request a Guest Pass, which allows you to use the library’s computers. They are printed each morning and have temporary library card numbers on them.
Book Location Guide: Pick up the sheet “Location Guide for Books in The Genealogy Center” at the Ask Here desk. It provides the stack numbers for materials, which are grouped by subject, family histories, periodicals and oversized. Using the guide will make locating materials much easier.
Floor Plan: A printed floor plan of the Genealogy Center is available at the Ask Here desk. The floor plan has the stack numbers labeled, so it works in tandem with the “Location Guide” to help you locate books.
Reference Librarians:There is always a reference librarian on duty at each of the Ask Here desks. They are all very helpful. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
Register Your Family Names: at the Technology Kiosk in the second room of the Genealogy Center, you have the option to register names you are researching. If you wish to see what names other patrons are researching, go to www.GenealogyCenter.org
Things to Know-
Several copiers are available throughout the Genealogy Center. Prints are $0.10 per page and a “print card” is required, which costs $1.00. However, the $1.00 can be used to make copies. Only $1.00, $5.00 and $10.00 bills can be used to reload the “print card.” No coins are accepted. ALWAYS PUSH THE “FINISH”BUTTON BEFORE AND AFTER YOU MAKE A COPY.
Book Carts: Use the small black metal book carts to transport books you wish to consult to the worktables in the reading rooms.
Reshelving Books: The library staff asks you not to reshelve books. Please return books you have used to the wooden carts located throughout the library or to the gray return shelves located at the ends of the stack rows. Since books do not circulate, the Genealogy
Department’s circulation statistics are based on how many books are reshelved. Information they use to lobby for book and materials budget.
Compressed Shelving:Some of the genealogy materials are stored in high-density or compressed shelving. Just follow the directions at the end of each shelf range to electronically “move” the book stacks. If you are standing between the book stacks, no one can automatically move the shelving stacks.
Electrical outlets: The majority of tables in the Genealogy Center have electrical outlets to accommodate computers and other electrical equipment. Check to verify the outlets have power before
Microform readers: There are about 20 excellent microfilm readers and several other types of microform readers available. If assistance is needed, a separate MicroText Desk is located near the microform cabinets.
Lockers: The library does not have lockers available for patrons.
Wi-Fi:The entire library has free Wi-Fi. Just turn on your computer and from the available wireless networks, click on “ACPL Wi-Fi.”
Public Library Computers: There are two banks, approximately 40, of public computers available to users in the ACPL Genealogy Center.
USB Ports: All library computers have USB ports. If you forget your flash drive, you may purchase one at the first floor checkout desk.
Public Computers contain Windows 7; MS Office 2013 including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and Internet Explorer
and Firefox web browsers.
Scanners: Eight public digital scanners are available in the Genealogy Center on the second floor near the MicroText
area. You can scan an image/document and then email the resulting
digital file to your email account or save these scanned images to your flash drive. There is no charge for the use of the scanners.
Genealogy Center Materials: All resources of the Genealogy Center must be used in the Center and may not be taken to other parts of the library to be photocopied or scanned. Materials may not be checked out or sent via interlibrary loan to other libraries.
Public Computers: A public computer can be used with a valid ACPL card or Guest Pass. There are no time restrictions on use. If you see a message that time is “expiring” from the computer you can make a request to extend it.
Food and Drink: No food or drink is allowed in the Genealogy Center.
Cell Phones: All cell phone calls should be taken in the Great Hall as a courtesy to other researchers.
Unique and Special Collections at ACPL
Genealogical Periodicals: The Center holds the largest English
-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world with more than 6,200 current subscriptions and more
than 10.000 titles. Individual articles can be accessed through a variety of indexes including the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI.)
City Directories: The Genealogy Center has more than 48,000 R. L. Polk directories for cities throughout the US. Many directories for smaller cities and rural areas produced by other publishers, as well as a substantial number of micro-published city directories, are also
Family Histories: A collection in excess of 55,000 volumes of compiled genealogies representing research on many North American and European families is available in the Center.
U.S.Local Records: More than 210,000 printed volumes are testimony to the Center’s efforts to comprehensively collect U.S.
genealogy and local history publications. County and town
histories, vital, cemetery, church, court, land, probate and naturalization records are available for numerous U.S. counties.
Census Records: The library has many census records not available on Ancestry.com, primarily state census schedules taken between census years and non-population schedules like agricultural, manufacturing, etc., Additionally, they have all surviving 1790
-1930 population schedules.
Newspaper Collection: A microfilm collection covering large city newspapers with various date coverage for 17 U.S. states, a comprehensive collection of Indiana newspapers and
underground newspapers from the late 1960s covering 37 U.S.
states and several international locations.
International Records: The Genealogy Center is also home to a significant collection of resources from Canada, British Isles
and Germany. Printed sources for other countries are limited mainly to guidebooks and references on European nobility and heraldry.
Genealogy Brochure:The ACPL has put together an 8-page PDF guide to its genealogical collections, and it may be viewed and printed by going to
Online Catalog: Make use of ACPL’s online catalog to determine what resources may be of useto you. The online catalog is accessible from the homepage as well as from http://www.genealogycenter.org
Genealogy Center Homepage: ACPL librarians have created a Genealogy Center webpage, which includes information about planning your research trip, a calendar of genealogical programs, access to online databases and links to other resources available through the library:
Video Tour: There are linksto several videos about the library and beginning genealogy research:
Online Resources/Electronic Databases:
These can only be accessed within the library.
Pathfinders: Or snapshots for all U.S. states and several Canadian
provinces provide a selective list of titles, which may be useful in your research.
ACPL Blog: The Genealogy Center has its own blog. Several times per week, posts are added providing general genealogical information. Check it out prior to your trip, perhaps new
acquisitions will be highlighted. It can be viewed at:
Library Electronic Newsletter: A free monthly subscription called “
Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library” is available to anyone interested. It lists information about the department’s collections and useful research tips. Back issues of the Newsletter may also be viewed. It requires you to provide your email address.
Website: Spend some time looking through ACPL’s entire website at
Registration is open, go to the CAGGNI site under Road Trip 2017:
Members pay $10.00 and guest of members pay $15.00. You can become a member today for just $25.00!
If you take time to prepare in advance, you will have a more enjoyable visit. You will also have a much better chance of success.