Thursday, August 20, 2009

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

The Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center is a major resource for genealogists. Many of its valuable resources are availaible online.

The collection includes more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche.

If you are new to the Center, you may want to view the orientation video.

Their resources include seven major online databases (for which an ACPL card is required), and access to the 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical and historical records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The Genealogy Center actively contributes significant portions of its collection to, and digitized family histories from Indiana and beyond to the BYU Family History Archive

They own a large microfilm collection of federal, state and territorial records, passenger lists, miltary records, and other significant local, ethnic, and U.S. collections along with more than 50,000 citiy directories from 1785 to the present. These collections can be searched by category.

Their enormous periodical collection led to the development of PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index) , which can be accessed through Heritage Quest Online with your Glenview Library card number.

The GenealogyCenter Info website includes databases for Military Heritage, Family Bible Records, and a surname file to which visitors to the Center have been contributing since 1998.

You can also subscribe to their monthly e-zine Genealogy Gems, which lists information about the department's collections and useful research tips.

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