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.

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!

Let Us Be Your Guide

At The Genealogy Center, you can sit shoulder to shoulder with an expert who can guide you to the next phase of your research.

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.

And did we mention that its all completely free?

With a professional by your side, the past comes into focus.

Hit a Brick Wall?

Wondering "Where do I go from here?"

All genealogists face a time when they need that extra help — whether it is just getting started, getting over a particular hurdle, or confirming that you are on the right track.

If you’re stuck, we’re here to help you take the next step in your research.

Start planning your trip to Fort Wayne today, where you'll find the tools you need to make progress in your family history. 

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 in the heart of our vibrant 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.

You’d have to travel the whole world to uncover the resources that await just a short drive away – at The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Spend the weekend, uncover the past.

Uncovering the Past was Never so Fun!

Want to be your family’s hero? We make it easy!

At The Genealogy Center you will get farther and find more success than you every have before! With our tools and hands-on assistance, you’ll find great success around every new branch of your family tree!

Join us — it’s the adventure of several lifetimes.

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Downtown Fort Wayne

The Genealogy Center is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city. Just steps from our world-class facility you will find hotels, restaurants, museums and attractions.

Hotel Packages

Take advantage of these great hotel packages to make your research trip a great getaway.

Spouse Itineraries

Want to travel with someone who doesn’t like to spend all day in the library? No problem! We’ve got plenty to keep them busy while you’re hard at work!

Take a Video Tour

Want to learn more about The Genealogy Center? Check out this video tour, showcase all the facility has to offer!

Visit the Genealogy Center

What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today! 

To get started, visit The Genealogy Center online, and enjoy tutorials including “The Mystery of Your Family History” and “How to Start Researching Your Family Tree.” 

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