I have always wondered about our family history but was never sure how to go about researching our genealogy. During my trip to Fort Wayne Indiana, we had the opportunity to visit the Fort Wayne Indiana Genealogy Center and it was amazing. The center is the largest public genealogy library in the country. The Genealogy Center can be found at the Allen County Public Library right downtown Fort Wayne.
You can easily spend hours or weeks at the genealogy center researching your family history. The $65 million dollar facility houses over 456,000 print volumes and 660,000 microfilm resources. This doesn’t even include the amazing amount of genealogy resources you can access online for free during your visit.
The library includes family and local histories from the United States, Virgin Islands, Ireland and Eastern Europe. The collection includes ship passenger lists, military regimental histories, southern plantation records, Native American census and tribal records just to name a few things. The trained genealogy staff is a wealth of information and help. The amount of information available to research family histories is growing daily with the increase in technology that is available. The library staff can help you dive into this massive amount of information and help you research smarter!
During my visit, the librarians helped me located my maternal grandparents wedding registry and certificate. It is hard to describe the feeling of seeing my grandparents handwriting and seeing their marriage certificate. That moment made me want to spend hours at the genealogy center diving into my family history. We located my great-great-great grandparents on a census. I learned that one of my relatives had 13 kids. I would love to see how the family tree branches out and track my family history. I see future visits happening soon to the genealogy center. There are so many great resources available during a visit.
One of the writers who was with me was able to find a photo of one of her relatives during our visit. Another writer found out a relative was an egg salesman in the early 1900’s. So many pieces of family history are in the library.
The Fort Wayne Indiana Genealogy Center is located at 900 Library Plaza downtown Fort Wayne. You can find out more by visiting the Fort Wayne Genealogy Library website. If you are interested in starting researching, your family history check out their tips on getting started and genealogy forms. They helped me out a ton!