13 May 2009

Genealogy on the brain

Hope that all the moms had a great mother's day, I know I did!

Yesterday I traveled with the Dearborn Genealogy Society for a trip down to the Ft Wayne public library to visit their wonderful genealogy collection.

This library is to many people the closest they will ever come to making it to Salt Lake City to research. I must admit that I don't see many people complaining - great parking, access to a wonderful genealogy collection that really covers all corners of the genealgical spectrum.

Combine an awesome collection with staff that goes above & beyond the call of duty to help the average patron. With a microtext collection that contains original vital records for parts of the USA dating back into the early 1800's, thousands of records indexed & transcribed by WPA projects, land records, newspapers, passenger lists and one of the largest collection of military records anywhere - I can see why this library has been the research haven of choice for many researchers from all over the country.

The thousands of family histories they have acquired along with shelf after shelf of city directories from all over the country and hundreds of thousands of county histories, cemetery records and more make this the perfect place to spend a few days researching whether you are a novice or an experienced researcher. As if all this isn't enough toss in free wi-fi, scan to email capability for many of your film & book copies and you've got a library with a passport to success.

So if you have a few days you want to spend researching - escape from the heat this summer, program the GPS for 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, pack up the research materials and head on over. Its a great library & you'll be glad you did!

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