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Stateline Travelers – Part 6 – A Stateline Celebration for 100 Year-old South Beloit, Illinois and Me

Stateline Travelers – Part  6  – A Stateline Celebration for 100 Year-old South Beloit, Illinois and Me

Part of an on-going series by

Vicki Ruthe Hahn, Stateline Genealogy Sorter.

June 24, 2017


South Beloit, Illinois will be celebrating 100 years this year.

Their Centennial Celebration will be August 24 – 27, 2017.

Sout Beloit 100

Beloit Wisconsin and South Beloit, Illinois have been linked for our entire history.

Next week the Beloit Public Library is opening their new coffee and food shop, “The Blender”.

I am welcoming South Beloiters to Beloit Public Library to visit “their” GEN Club and Coffee shop here in Beloit.

Opening the week of June 26, 2017

Color Logo Grey Text

Blender interiorBlender sign

What a great place to go for a refreshing drink, smoothie, bakery snack, soup, sandwich, breakfast, lunch, or supper –  after doing genealogy at Beloit Public Library, after a Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.


…0r anytime.  I believe that the open hours of The Blender will be something like 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday; and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Maybe we can raise a “toast” to great collaborations between Beloit and South Beloit for another 100 years.

I was the Director of the South Beloit Public Library from 1991 – 1993.  Then I got a job as the Head of the Circulation Department at the Beloit Public Library, and I am still here, 24 years later, as the Public Services Librarian.

Catherine Hayes (at that time the former, former South Beloit Public Library Director) was the historian of South Beloit.  All historical knowledge stated here is from the book, “Our Golden History-South Beloit Illinois”, which is a non-copyrighted work by Catherine Hayes.  She wrote the book to inform the people South Beloit of their pre-incorporation roots for the Sesquicentennial.

Catherine and I had many friendly conversations, as she helped me learn how to be a library director, and taught me about the history of South Beloit –

“Always a City, never a Village!”

The South Beloit Centennial Committee is writing a new Centennial history book.



In 1818, the United States Congress told the people of the Territory of Illinois to form a state government.

A heated debate arose over the correct placement of the northern state line of Illinois.

If the old line of 1787 (Northwest Territory) were kept, Illinois would be much smaller than Wisconsin,

and Chicago would be in Wisconsin because Illinois would have no Lake Michigan shoreline.

A bill passed cutting 8,500sq. miles off of Wisconsin and adding it to Illinois, creating the current state line.


By 1838, the village of Turtle became Beloit.

South Beloit became the south part of Beloit.


Winnebago County voted in 1842 for annexation to Wisconsin.

However, the south had more people and out-voted the north.

So Winnebago County remained in Illinois.


They (south of Beloit) petitioned to become their own city in 1914.

In September 17, 1917, South Beloit became a city.

Hint – these are the newspapers from Rockford Illinois that would also cover South Beloit Illinois:
Winnebago – Rockford   Crusader                  1952 – 1971
Winnebago – Rockford   Morning Star          1961 – 1963
Winnebago – Rockford   Register Star           1988 – 2007
Winnebago – Rockford   Register-Republic  1952 – 1972
The Rockford Public Library should have these on microfilm.
You can contact them for a search if you cannot get there yourself.
We have the Beloit Daily News (in microfilm at Beloit Public Library, Wisconsin)
which also covers news for South Beloit Illinois.
South Beloit does not have their own newspaper that I know of.
We would be glad to look up local history for you, but Beloit Daily News is not indexed for all the years.
We would need to know which date – at least the month and year.
For requests, please send us more information to our Interlibrary loan email.
Or you can contact me at the BLOG email

Ellis Island, & other Top Heritage Museums & Genealogy Research Centers

Ellis Island, & other Top Heritage Museums & Genealogy Research Centers

Vicki’s Note – article from the July/August 2017 Family Tree Magazine.  We will be do an on-line “tour” of the Ellis Island Museum at our July 14, 2017 program 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York City – Peter Urban’s tour – how 12 million immigrants were processed there;  archival photos & films – immigrant experience. 

Here’s more information while you wait.  Lots of great museums in the U.S. to visit this summer, or in the future.  I think that my “Life List of Things and Places to Experience”  just got bigger.  (Doesn’t that sound nicer than “Bucket List”?)


Top Heritage Museums and Genealogy Research Centers


Set your sights on these 11 must-visit heritage museums where you can research your roots and walk in your ancestors’ shoes.


11 Must-See Heritage Museums for GenealogistsYou’ve probably devoted considerable time to discovering your ancestors’ origins. Just knowing the place they came from, however, is rarely enough. Genealogists also want to know how their ancestors lived, what they did for work, what they wore and ate, what their homes looked like. What you need is a resource that’s not only rich in genealogical information, but also shares the richness of your ancestors’ culture.

And if a relative’s specific place of origin yet proves elusive, learning the history of that heritage group may offer another research pathway, suggesting new records to try or offering clues in the lives of his countrymen.

Heritage centers and museums—usually located in places where people of a particular heritage settled together—cover nearly every ethnicity and cultural group. Whether your ancestors hail from Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, Syria, Ghana, Mexico or elsewhere, there’s probably a museum that provides historical materials and a glimpse of that culture’s customs, history and people.

Some centers serve both as history museum and research destination, with manuscript collections, foreign-language newspapers, photographs, maps, local histories and more. They may offer genealogy workshops, translation help and research assistance.

Okage Sama De, the title of an exhibit at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i, translates to “I am what I am because of you.” That’s the crux of heritage museums’ significance: Exploring one rewards you with a better understanding of who your ancestors were—and thus, how you came to be who you are. Here, we highlight 11 of the best heritage museums in the United States, chosen for their genealogist-friendly research libraries, exhibits, tours, classes and community events. Use this guide as a springboard to similar organizations covering your family’s heritage.

American Italian Cultural Center

New Orleans  •  Immigrants from Sicily, who flooded New Orleans in the late 1800s, gave the Big Easy its famous muffaletta sandwich. You can still steep in your family’s Italian heritage here, in addition to starting your genealogy search. Genealogist Sal Serio conducts family history classes. The center also offers Italian language courses.Genealogists researching Italian roots can access special collections at the library, including books, magazines and Italian-language newspapers. “Vertical files,” Serio says, “are packed with information about businesses and benevolent societies, which are prolific in this part of the country.” Make an appointment with Serio for guidance to the right sources and help with translation.

The museum focuses on Italian immigrants to the Southeast, and Italians in jazz and sports. Don’t miss the nearby outdoor Piazza d’Italia, built by the city to honor its Italian heritage. You can play bocce ball, listen to a concert, watch traditional flag-throwers and attend wine tastings.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Chicago • The genealogy department here holds newspapers, books, obituaries, annals, maps and other documents in a collection that spans most of Lithuania’s turbulent history, from the 13th century to 1940. Although you can’t research the collection yourself, staff provide in-depth consultation services to museum members. Nonmembers can take advantage of fee-based services including translation of old documents.

Lithuanian name spellings can vary, as can languages used in records. Pre-WWI documents, for example, are usually written in Russia’s Cyrillic script. Records also may be in Latin or Polish.Get to know the culture of your ancestors in the museum, says Karile Vaitikute, genealogy department director. “There are exhibits and a film that describe Lithuanian history, national costumes, Lithuanian art, agricultural items and even a small house,” she says. The museum also provides workshops and guided travel opportunities.

Courtesy of the Cherokee Heritage Center

Cherokee Heritage Center

Tahlequah, Okla. • Your admission to the Cherokee Heritage Center allows you access to the Trail of Tears exhibit, Diligwa (a 1710 Cherokee village), Adam’s Corner (an 1890s rural Oklahoma village) and Cherokee Family Research Center.Most visitors are new to genealogy. “They’re here primarily because they learned from a family story or legend that one of their ancestors is Cherokee,” says Gene Norris, the center’s genealogist. He recommends starting your research with three federally compiled rolls covering the Cherokee: the Dawes Final Roll, the Guion Miller Roll and the Baker Roll. The center’s website offers tips on getting started.

The library offers databases and records including government and private documents, photographs, posters, maps, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts and articles focusing on Cherokee history and culture. Staff researchers are available for hire.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

New York, NY •  Ellis Island’s immigration museum tells the stories of arrivals before, during, and after Ellis Island processed immigrants (1892 to 1954). The Peopling of America Center, opened in 2015, shares the migration history of American Indians, slaves transported against their will, and Colonial- and Victorian-era immigrants.

The island’s American Immigrant Wall of Honor is inscribed with more than 700,000 names of immigrants through all ports.

If your ancestors came through Ellis Island, you can walk in their footsteps at the immigration museum, view the renowned Great Hall, and follow an audio tour through the immigrant experience as if you were a new arrival. A centerpiece is the American Family Immigration History Center passenger list archive. Now numbering 51 million names of passengers all the way up to 1954, the database is searchable both on-site and online; search results link to images of original manifests showing the immigrant’s name, age, last place of residence and more. You also can view images of immigrant passenger ships—maybe even your ancestor’s.

Historic Huguenot Street

New Paltz, NY • Huguenots were Protestants, largely from France, who left their homelands to escape religious persecution. Many settled in New York’s Hudson Valley, South Carolina and elsewhere along the East Coast. Their descendants include George Washington, the grandson of a Huguenot.

Start exploring this 10-acre museum at the Visitor Center, then head to any of seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 church, a burial ground dating to the earliest settlers, archaeological sites and more. The annual Gathering for Huguenot descendants includes history workshops that may open a door to your family tree.

“Historic Huguenot Street holds genealogies of the New Paltz patentees and associated families, transcriptions of church records, surname folders that include family trees, plus the archive of items such as letters, family Bibles, and estate records,” says spokesperson Kaitlin Gallucci. Access the research library on-site by appointment ($25) or send a research inquiry.

Irish American Heritage Center

Chicago • Nestled on Chicago’s northwest side, the Irish American Cultural Center houses a museum (open for tours by appointment) with artifacts including exquisite Irish lace, an art gallery, the Fifth Province pub, a theater, classrooms and a research library.

“This is the place to find out where you’re from,” says spokesperson Kathy O’Neill. You’ll find 25,000 books on Irish history and literature, newspapers, access to online databases, and other material. A limited-access archives section preserves documents, records and other rare and historic items. Family history classes take place once a month, or you can make an appointment with a staff researcher. Other classes cover Irish language, history and music. Celebrate your Irish heritage here with folk concerts, traditional céilí dances, festivals and storytelling.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i

Honolulu  • Those tracing Japanese roots, especially in Hawaii, will find a valuable resource here. “The center’s historical Okaga Sama De exhibit tells the story of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, from 1860 to statehood and beyond,” says Derrick Iwata, education and cultural specialist.

Visitors can tour the Honouliuli Education Center, which focuses on Japanese internment during World War II. Experience Japanese culture at one of the center’s festivals, including a New Year’s Ohana (Family) Festival on the second Sunday in January. Or come for the classes on martial arts and the Japanese tea ceremony (called chado, or the Way of Tea).

The center’s Tokioka Heritage Resource Center offers a wealth of material related to Japanese-American history, art and culture on Hawaii and the mainland. “Our library and archives has an assortment books and oral histories, as well as a number of directories which list Japanese residents in Hawaii,” says center manager Marcia Kemble. (Access the catalog here.) Staff can provide fee-based services such as translation, Japanese name consultation, and genealogical assistance, including help obtaining a family registry record, or koseki tohon, from Japan.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

New York • “In the case of Jewish genealogy, where so many records were lost and lives disrupted, an institution like the Museum of Jewish Heritage provides a crucial narrative,” says Michael Glickman, museum president and CEO.

The core exhibition uses first-person histories, photos, video and artifacts to explain Jewish history and tradition before WWII, European Jews’ confrontation with the hatred and violence of the Holocaust, and Jewish communities today. (View a selection of photos and documents here.) The outdoor Garden of Stones is a memorial to those lost in the Holocaust.

This museum’s “research library” is at its free partner website, JewishGen, where you’ll find discussion groups and more than 22 million records, including Holocaust records, a burial registry and the Communities Database. “Say your grandfather came from a town called Ostroleka,” Glickman says. “You might find six towns with the same name. How would you know which is the town your grandfather was referring to?” The database lists 6,000 Jewish communities, with their political jurisdictions and name variants over time.

National Hispanic Cultural Center 

Albuquerque, NM • Archivist Anna Uremovich calls this center a “full saturation of the Hispanic culture.” Its art museum features a 4,000-square-foot buon fresco depicting thousands of years of Hispanic history, and works from Spanish artists around the world. You also can attend art classes and other events.

The research library and archives is a destination for family historians with deep Southwest roots, holding Spanish census records, land grants, and the 90-volume set of Enciclopedia Heraldica Genealacia Hispano-Americana and the 15-volume Diccionario Hispanoamericano de Heraldica Onamastica y Genealogia. These books include more than 15,000 names from Spanish and Spanish-American families.

Search the library catalog here
(select National Hispanic Cultural Center from the menu at the top right). Uremovich also suggests researching Catholic parish records to learn family birth, marriage and burial details, and sometimes, names of other relatives.

Mark Bealer Photography

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Cincinnati • Search for African-American roots in the John Parker Library on the fourth floor of this inspirational museum (admission isn’t required if you’re just visiting the library). The library hosts a FamilySearch Center, where you can use databases, microfilm and other resources from FamilySearch. You can call ahead to schedule an appointment with an on-site genealogist. “We help between 60 to 120 patrons a month,” says marketing director Jamie Glavic, who recommends first completing as much of a pedigree chart as you can.

The Freedom Center museum can help you understand the experiences of your enslaved ancestors, who they were, how they were transported to America, and how they lived and worked here. Step inside a slave pen built in the early 1800s on a Kentucky farm, and follow in the footsteps of Underground Railroad passengers and conductors whose actions resisted slavery.

Watch a short film, narrated in part by Oprah Winfrey, describing the work of early abolitionists, intent on ending slavery. You’ll learn about those who resisted slavery and how slavery continues today.

Swedish American Museum

Chicago • Step inside this museum in the heart of Chicago’s “Little Sweden,” and you walk in the footsteps of Swedish immigrants, from preparing to leave their homeland to building new communities in America. View artifacts including steamship tickets, passports, folk crafts and household items brought from Sweden. A children’s museum allows kids to do chores in a stuga (farmhouse) and board a 20-foot “steamship.”

The center’s Swedish American Genealogy Research Center is “the only Chicago-area center that focuses on Swedish research,” says volunteer Vereen Nordstrom. It holds Swedish censuses, immigration and burial records; provides access to church records on the Swedish subscription website ArkivDigital; and hosts genealogy classes. Make an appointment to work with volunteers like Nordstrom, or send a research request (free for members of the museum’s Swedish American Genealogical Society; fee-based for nonmembers).

More Online

Free – Watch Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree Sessions

Vicki’s note – article from 6-15-2017 Family Tree e- magazine genealogyinsider by Diane Haddad:


Free – Watch Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree Sessions

Through July 10th 2017 –

The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree just wrapped up, and you can watch recorded classes online for free through July 10. First, register at the Jamboree 2017 Livestream Registration Page. You’ll get an email with login information and a link to view videos on topics such as finding immigrant ancestors’ stories, Facebook for genealogy and deciphering foreign-language records.

Stateline Travelers – Part 5 – My 3 x Gt-Grandma , and Me. She got teeth & fashion!

Stateline Travelers – Part 5 –

My 3 x Gt-Grandma , and Me.  She got teeth & fashion!

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn, SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

Part of an On-going Series

June 11, 2017

Photo composite fun.

Imagine my shock when I realized that these two different looks were the same person – my great great great grandmother, Catherine McIntosh Greenup.

I love looking for the stories as I do family histories, and piecing them together verbally and visually.

In about five years, she completely changed fashions, and became confident (new teeth?) and very urban sophisticated.  She dressed less like the unsophisticated Virginia/Kentucky country look, and more like the “big” city of Macomb, Illinois look.

This is one of the slides that I composed for my genealogy program – “What They Wore When” or “Contemporary Fashion Through the Ages – How to Tell Which Timeline Your Ancestors Are, by What They Wore.”  I have given the program three times, and am booked for two more presentations in the next few months.


3 x Gt Grandma photos



Hint – I never expected to find that I had any ancestors from Kentucky.  Try to learn about all states that your ancestors lived in.

Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792.  it became the fifteenth state in the US and the first state west of the Appalachian mountains.

So it looks like my Gt-Gt-Gt Grandma Greenup was born in Kentucky 17 years before it became a state, and there are zero chances that there will be a state vital record of that.



Free Family History Library Abundant Genealogy Webinars

Vicki’s note – 5-30-2017 article from Thomas MacEntee about free classes and webinars.  Thanks to Ron Zarnick who sent this to me.


Free Family History Library Abundant Genealogy Webinars

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for June 2017 – Abundant Genealogy


[Editor’s Note: we received the following announcement from our friends at FamilySearch regarding their free classes and webinars coming up in June. Please take advantage of this great opportunity!]

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for June 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. The June classes feature instruction on how to do research in China, Britain, and Germany, tips and tricks on using U.S. records. In addition, a variety of how-to classes will be taught which includes indexing in several languages, using FamilySearch more effectively, searching Civil War records and more. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time (MST).

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.



Sat, 3 June, 1:00 PM Buscando antepasados en los registros civiles (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 5 June , 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 6 June, 11:00 AM Overview of (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Wed, 7 June, 10:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories Using Photos andDocuments (Intermediate) Webinar | M Lab
Wed, 7 June, 1:00 PM Researching in German Archives (Intermediate) Webinar | MF – B
Wed, 7June, 3:00 PM Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner) Webinar | MF – B
Thurs, 8 June, 11:00 AM U.S. Vital Records Overview (Beginner)  Webinar | MF – B
Thurs, 8 June, 7:00 PM Language Indexing Event (1½ hrs.) (Intermediate) M Lab
Sat, 10 June, 9:30 AM Italian Language Indexing (1½ hrs.) (Intermediate) 2N Lab
Sat, 10 June, 9:30 AM Spanish Language Indexing (1½ hrs.) (Intermediate) M Lab
Sat, 10 June, 12:30 PM French Language Indexing (1½ hrs.) (Intermediate) 2N Lab
Sat, 10 June, 12:30 PM Portuguese Language Indexing (1½ hrs.) (Intermediate) M Lab
Mon, 12 June, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 13 June, 11:00 AM Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records (Intermediate) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 13 June, 1:00 PM How to Find Ancestors in the Digitalarkivet (Beginner) Webinar | MF – B
Mon, 19 June, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Mon, 19 June.1:00 PM Chinese Research on (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 20 June, 11:00 AM Family Tree Next Step: Attaching Non-FamilySearch Sources (Intermediate) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 20 June, 1:00 PM Tracing Pre-1900 British Army Ancestry (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Wed, 21 June, 1:00 PM Using the Genteam Website for Austrian and Czech Research (Beginner) Webinar | MF – B
Thurs, 22 June, 11:00 AM What’s New at (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Thurs, 22 June, 1:00 PM Scotlands People (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Thurs, 22 June, 3:00 PM The Blue and Gray: Finding U.S. Civil War Records (Beginner) Webinar | MF – B
Mon, 26 June, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Tues, 27 June, 10:00 AM Submitting Names for Temple Work (LDS Account required) (Beginner) Webinar | M Lab
Wed, 28 June, 11:00 AM Introducing Danish Probates (Beginner) Webinar | MF – C
Thurs, 29 June, 1:00 PM Your British Questions Answered (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee.  All rights reserved.

Foundations in DNA Webinars at BPL

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

(SGS) Stateline Genealogy Sorter

May 31, 2017

Foundations in DNA Webinars at BPL

Join us in just over a week for the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program on DNA – Second Friday of the month, June 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. – noon.

We will be viewing one, or two, Legacy Family Tree webinars by Blaine Bettinger on DNA:

Foundations in DNA – Part 1 Genealogy and DNA

Foundations in DNA – Part 2 DNA Overview

The 3 DNA testing companies do not share their results, but you can upload your data to which is one large database.

Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research
GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free, but we do provide some premium tools for users who wish to help support us with contributions. You will need to upload DNA and / or genealogical (GEDCOM) data to make use of the tools here. Registration requires your name, email and password. Click HERE to register.

Log In

Email Address:

Not Registered? Click HERE

Forgot your password or wish to change your password? Click HERE

Site policy: Click HERE

CAGGNI Internet Special Interest Group Event

Vicki’s note – notice of an event from (CAGGNI) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois:


(CAGGNI) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois- Internet Special Interest Group Event:

Upcoming event information:
Internet Special Interest Group Schaumburg Public Library
Date: 10 Jun 2017 12:45 PM CDT


Internet Genealogical Services include Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, Find My Past, WikiTree and many others.  The Internet Special Interest Group intends to review questions about these services and have a dialog on the advantages and features of the services used by members.  This complements the features available from computer programs such as Family Tree Maker or RootsMagic that exploit the on-line databases available from the internet services.

Facilitator:  Alan Wilson
For more information: Internet Special Interest Group

Best regards,

May 19 Hotel Registration Deadline for June 15 – 17 CAGGNI Road Trip to Allen County Public Library

Vicki’s note – really sad that I will not be able to go on this road trip this year.  (I have contacted CAGGNI, and we are welcome as their “guests” on this road trip. ) You will have to contact them on your own if  you are joining them. Let me know if you end up going on this road trip.  See complete information below from May 2017 (CAGGNI) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, newsletter:

May 19 Hotel Registration Deadline for June 15 – 17 CAGGNI Road Trip to               Allen County Public Library

CAGGNI’s 2017 Road Trip
by Marti Gustafson,
roadtrip chair
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.
Details for planning your trip:
Registration is OPEN and REQUIRED
-limited to CAGGNI members and guests,
-$10 per member, $15 per guest,
-deadline is June 5.
Library location:
900 Library Plaza,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Library hours:
Monday -Thursday, 9 a.m.-9p.m.;
Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Library website:
Library orientation:
Guided tour by ACPL staff, Friday, 9 a.m.
On your own, several members
are willing to ride share.
Make your own reservations-
Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center;
special CAGGNI rate $119 + tax per night, June 15 & 16, includes
breakfast and parking. To stay an extra night, contact the front desk at the hotel property.
Book early, limited rooms,
offer expires May 19.
Option 1–Call (260) 420-1100 and mention the group name “CAGGNI”
Option 2 –Book online at using the group code “CAG”
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.
Getting There
– 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-
Pal along.
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
Things to Know-
General Photocopies:
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.
Heres’ a video (by Elaine):
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
getting settled.
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, 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
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:

Review the list of electronic databases available at the library and select which ones you may wish to access during your visit.The library has at least 14 databases, including Ancestry, Fold3, AmericanAncestors and African American Heritage:
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 for many additional resources.
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.
Good hunt.

Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) – Free Webinar

Vicki’s  notes – free genealogy webinars:

Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) –

Free Webinar by Claire Kluskens

Here is a link to the webinar, if you missed the April 14, 2017 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.  This was just one session in a 2 day 2016 NARA conference (online) which had several sessions.  The Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives (NARA) -Webinar by Claire Kluskens was the first session on day 1.  You can print the handouts if you click on the links.

There are also links to the previous several year’s of conferences.  You can watch any of them, all free.

2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Session Videos & Handouts

On October 26 & 27, 2016, the National Archives hosted the fourth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers participated with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts remain available from this web page free of charge.

You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Session Schedule

Day 1, October 26:  Watch entire day on YouTube

                  Session Ttitle
                         1 Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
                         2 The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren’t Using by Lori Cox-Paul
                         3 National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
                         4 You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
                         5 Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
                         6 Grave Yards and Genealogy: American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2, October 27:  Watch entire day on YouTube

                  Session Title
Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
                         7 Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
                         8 The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports (Army and Air Force) by Theresa Fitzgerald
                         9 The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
                        10 What’s New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
                        11 Faces of the National Park Service by Cara L. Moore
Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings


Transcripts from the live captioning and chat sessions are available. To request them, please send an email to:

Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see

Regarding links outside of the National Archives Website ( We have provided a link to this site because it has information that may interest you. This link is not an endorsement by the National Archives of the opinions, products, or services presented on this site, or any sites linked to it. The National Archives is not responsible for the legality or accuracy of information on this site, the policies, or for any costs incurred while using this site.

Posters and Web Pages from Previous Genealogy Fairs

See previous Virtual Genealogy Fair sessions and presentation materials for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. to Offer Free Access

Vicki’s Note – Article from to Offer Free Access this Weekend | per Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter :


Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter


FYI: to Offer Free Access this Weekend to Offer Free Access this Weekend

On Friday, April 14, will air webinar number 500. In addition to the big celebration during Friday’s live webinar, is also unlocking the membership key of the Webinar Library for the first time ever. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, the entire library – all 500 classes – will be open and free to the public.

To view any of the webinars, visit (starting Friday, not now!) and browse or search for any topic or presenter and enjoy!

Details may be found in an article by Geoff Rasmussen at


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