Thursday, June 07, 2007

Allen County Public Library: Genealogy

Allen County Public Library: Genealogy

This renowned collection includes more than 332,000 printed volumes and 362,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Patrons of the department also have access to major online databases at:

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has signed a cooperative agreement with the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to collaborate to digitize their family history reference collection, 50,000 + family histories, and place the digital books on the internet free of charge. This work is all being done by missionaries (volunteers) from our church.

The same kind of digitizing is being carried out in SLC for family history books from the Family History Library and at Orem, Utah for BYU Library family history books.

The website is BYU Family History Archive and may be accessed now.

The easiest way to start on the above website is to click on the above URL and then specify a surname using the Surname Search.
If it doesn't find the name, it will notify you with "Your search retrieved no results." If it finds the name in any of the book descriptions, the search engine will list each book where it finds the name you specified.
On the Search Results screen, click on the title of a book, and it brings up an image of the first page and digital Table of Contents for that book.
For the first book, you have to re-type the Surname into the "Search for Object" box, then click Search. The pages having the specified surname are shown with red brackets. Click on the page number, or "Next Hit", and the image of that page will be displayed, and by reading the image page, you will find the name you searched for (Hopefully its the right one!) If you don't find the surname on the website, check back often for more books will be added as these projects progress.

Also, one may click "Browse the Collection" on the home page, and it will list every book which can be viewed, 20 titles at a time.

This represents a quantum leap in technology. Enjoy!

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