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The Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department

  • Address: 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: (260) 421-1200
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Trace your family roots at the country's second largest genealogy department. Professional on-site counselors are available to assist in searches. Call the downtown location for library hours which vary according to the season.

  • Genealogy Summer Camp

    The Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department

    Recurring monthly on the 1st until September 1, 2017

    2017-06-01 10:00:00 2017-09-01 10:00:00 Genealogy Summer Camp <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Genealogy Summer Camp</strong></span></p> <p><strong>Her and Me: Finding the Women of My Past </strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10 am, Discovery Center - Melissa Tennant</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Understanding the laws and situations that affected women helps us to uncover our female ancestors who are hidden within our within our family hstory records. Join Melissa Tennant and discover how to search and locate your female ancestors. </p> <p><strong>Introduction to the Historic Textile Preservation</strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10 am, Discovery Center - Karen DePauw</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Family heirlooms are an invaluable source of information, history and pride. caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learm simple, effective techniques for storage, tips for displaying, and the basic dos and dont's for handling these materials. </p> <p><strong>Pity the Poor Orphan: Chidren's Homes in America</strong></p> <p><strong>      </strong>Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 am, Discovery Center - Delia Cothrun Bourne</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Orphanages appeared in larges numbers in the early 1800's as a part of an increase in American benevolent socities and aid organizations. By 1900 there were hundreds of institutions operated by local governments, religious denominations, and prvate charities. This presentation will provide and overview of such institutions, what records may be available and how to locate them along with the children's likely experiences. </p> <p><strong>A Grave Matter in Indiana</strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Saturday, august 26, 2017 at 10 am, Discovery Center - Jeannie Regan-Dinius</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. the size, shape and documentation vary by religious groups, time period, and locations, but all cemeteries are inportant outdoor museums. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of NAtural Resources' Dividsion of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, what is being done at various levels to protect and restore them, and what we can do to help. </p> <p><strong>What I Learned at the 2017 FGS Conference</strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10 am, Discovery Center - Allison DePrey Singleton</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Many genealogists want to attend the FGS Conference in Pittsburg, PA but cannot due to a multitude of reasons. This is an opportunity to learn more about the FGS Conference, what is offered, and about a few sessions and events of interest. come and hear about the 2017 FGS Conference and maybe a little about the 2018 Conference. </p> 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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