Did you know that Fort Wayne is home to the nation’s largest public genealogy collection?

Whether you are a casual family historian or a seasoned professional genealogist, there is only one place to research your family’s history: The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana.
Learn more about The Genealogy Center and enjoy online tutorials including “The Mystery of Your Family History” and “How to Start Researching Your Family Tree.” 

What You’ll Find
Open seven days a week, The Genealogy Center is world-renowned for its immense collection that is more accessible than any you’ll find. The Genealogy Center is home to over 370,000 printed volumes, 590,000 microforms, military records that go back to the 1700’s, city directories, census records, passenger lists, and so much more. In all, our collection totals over 961,726 items! Holdings include:

  • Thousands of completed family histories
  • Census records
  • Military record from the Revolutionary War to present
  • Extensive passenger lists
  • US local records
  • Extensive international collections
  • City directories
  • Periodicals
  • Vital records
  • Native American and African American  records
  • And much, much more!

You would literally have to travel the world to find everything we have on hand in Fort Wayne!
And even though our physical collection is one of the largest in the world, our electronic and virtual content is world-class too. We provide free access to several databases only available to libraries, and subscribe to the top seven licensed genealogical databases. In addition, you can view hundreds of thousands of files on microfilm, and access the Salt Lake City holdings, all from a free, easy-to-use facility right here in Fort Wayne.

You’ll Be Treated Like Family
The Genealogy Center is fully staffed with trained genealogists who are eager to help you get started, or dig deeper into your family research. Your individual research can be evaluated and an individual research plan can be created for your needs.

Our personal touch makes our enormous collection user-friendly and easy to navigate. You won’t just be gathering facts, you’ll be growing your knowledge and enjoying an experience like you’ve never had before.

It’s Worth the Trip
Genealogists love Fort Wayne because of our collection and staff, but they also rave about our affordable, family-friendly city. The library is located downtown, just a few blocks from dozens of restaurants, museums, hotels, and other welcoming amenities. 

And, traveling to The Genealogy Center couldn’t be more convenient - Fort Wayne, Indiana is centrally located just a short drive from many Midwestern cities. And our major highways and accessible airport make a trip to Fort Wayne easy for anyone.

Make Your Stay Exceptional – Other Resources

Hotel Packages
Take advantage of these great hotel packages to make your research trip to a great getaway. And, be sure to check out the LaSalle Inn - only one block away.

Take a Video Tour of the Genealogy Center

Want to learn more about the Genealogy Center? Check out this great video tour of what the Genealogy Center offers!

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