Archive for the ‘Program’ Category

“French Migration to Allen County, Indiana with a Special Nod to Alsace”” – November 10,, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

The area now known as Allen County has a long history of French explorers, traders, and settlers. Many of the county’s prominent families share in this French heritage. This presentation will share research into this segment of our county’s heritage.

Martine Copeland, born and educated in France, came to the United States as a guest lecturer at the University of South Carolina. She later moved to New York City where she worked on Wall Street and as a real estate broker. Her research in Allen County was sparked by a surname found on a stained-glass window at Saint Louis Besancon Catholic Church. Martine has compiled a database of more than 30,000 people who immigrated from France to Allen County. This list may be viewed at: https://www.genealogycenter.info/search_allencountyfrenchcomp.php

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook. Monthly handouts are on our Programs page: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Colonial Era Research” – October 13, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

This is the second of two presentations on the colonial era which is basically 1607 to 1789. This presentation explores the people who lived in the colonies including the Native Americans, English immigrants, and non-English immigrants. Analysis will be provided of immigrant’s home country and why the immigrants came to colony of arrival. We will explore the life situations and how our ancestors adjusted into the various social classes of the colonies. Guidance will be given on researching ancestors in the colonies using DNA, ship’s logs, court records, tax records, land records, and clues provided by family names and religion.
Curt Sylvester has researched extensively in the American colonies. He has verified over 130 immigrant great-grandparents that arrived in the colonies prior to 1789. The earliest ancestor arrived in 1618. Prior to the Revolution, Curt had several ancestors who were in the colonial militias and leaders in colonial government including one who was an acting governor of the colony of Virginia. Curt has documented nineteen great-grandparents who were veterans of the Revolutionary War and five who were veterans of the War of 1812. He is a member of the Indiana Territorial Guard authenticating eight great-grandparents that lived in Indiana before it became a state in 1816. He has eleven great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Clark County, Indiana and twenty-six great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Monroe County, Indiana. Curt is a board member of the Indiana Genealogical Society and is a Past-President of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. He holds a doctorate degree from Drew University.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook. Monthly handouts are on our Programs page: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Colonial Era Research” – September 08, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

This is the first of two presentations on the colonial era which is basically 1607 to 1789. In this presentation, the thirteen colonies, plus the forgotten colonies, will be reviewed regarding the types of colonies, their founders, why they were founded, their boundary changes, and various government styles. Each colony had unique requirements for citizenship, voting, inheritance, and the right to own property. Guidance will be given on how to research and verify ancestors in the changing geographics of the colonies.


Curt Sylvester has researched extensively in the American colonies. He has verified over 130 immigrant great-grandparents that arrived in the colonies prior to 1789. The earliest ancestor arrived in 1618. Prior to the Revolution, Curt had several ancestors who were in the colonial militias and leaders in colonial government including one who was an acting governor of the colony of Virginia. Curt has documented nineteen great-grandparents who were veterans of the Revolutionary War and five who were veterans of the War of 1812. He is a member of the Indiana Territorial Guard authenticating eight great-grandparents that lived in Indiana before it became a state in 1816. He has eleven great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Clark County, Indiana and twenty-six great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Monroe County, Indiana. Curt is a board member of the Indiana Genealogical Society and is a Past-President of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. He holds a doctorate degree from Drew University.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Writing Your Family History: A Primer for Doing A Book or Article” – May 12, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

This talk will look at the art of genealogical writing with the view of either writing a full-length book or a shorter article. We will look at the Genealogical Proof Standard, numbering, documentation, and other techniques to make your written work outstanding and publishable.


John Beatty, senior librarian and chief bibliographer of The Genealogy Center where he has worked since 1984, is a Certified Genealogist with a Master’s degree in History and Library Science from the University of Michigan.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Your History Can Be Found At Home: Virtual Libraries” – April 14, 2021- Free Genealogy Program


Attendees will learn about the different online resources available to help them find hard-to-locate genealogy books online for free. Whilst researching family history, many find they need to access a resource from a remote place that is not local. Others have exhausted most research options other than books and need to use these published sources to break through a brick wall. Attendees will receive a list of Virtual Libraries to use for research, including such websites as Internet Archive, FarmilySearch Books, Google Books, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and more. Attendees will also receive tips on how to utilize these resources to get the best results.

Curt Witcher, Manager of the Genealogy Center, will present the program.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Researching Tennessee and Kentucky Ancestors” – March 10, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

Learn how to track your Tennessee and Kentucky ancestors, including the best print sources, physical repositories and online resources.

Sara Allen is a senior librarian at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. She is the administrator of the Mitchell Y-chromosome surname project at FamilyTreeDNA. She has completed several advanced DNA courses at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Go West, Young Man: Westward Migration in the Mid-1800’s” – February 10, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

The concept of moving west was not a new one by the mid-1800’s. Americans had been setting their sights on land to the west of civilization since before the United States was even a country. This hunger for land could not even be stopped by a civil war. Let’s explore a bit of the history and available records sets for studying your ancestors’ movement to the west.

Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, is a senior librarian at The Genealogy Center. Among her activities at the Genealogy Center, she is a Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator for the National History Day in Indiana, was a co-chair of the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, and recently spoke at the 2020 RootsTech Conference.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

“Great Discoveries and Unique Ancestors” – January 13, 2021 – Free Genealogy Program

Presented by ACGSI Members

This evening will be an open sharing time for those who wish to share about a unique ancestor, a great discovery, how they broke through a brick wall, or any other topic of interest. Prior to this online event, information will be provided on how those wishing to share can register to be a presenter. These evenings always prove to be fun and informative.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

Pre-1850 Census Records and Census Substitutes – December 09, 2020 – Free Genealogy Program

The time period before 1850 is a challenging one for family history. Record gaps exist, while other records often do not name women and children. How can you bridge those gaps and surmount those obstacles? Come to this program to find out how to use pre-1850 census records and census substitutes effectively in your genealogical research.

Sara Allen is a senior librarian at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. She is the administrator of the Mitchell Y-chromosome surname project at FamilyTreeDNA. She has completed several advanced DNA courses at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

Register on Zoom

Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/

Why Should I Look at Revolutionary War Pension Records? – November 11, 2020 – Free Genealogy Program

Pension records are an invaluable source for learning more about your Revolutionary ancestor, his family, military unit, and fellow servicemen. Discover how to access these rich files and what family history information could await.

Melissa Tennant, the Genealogy Services Manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, co-coordinates programs and seminars, supervises preservation and digital projects, and administers the Genealogy Center.org website.

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Free Monthly Educational Programs

Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook.

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

Any changes to the meeting platform will be announced on our social media sites.

Our FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Web and Social Media Sites

ACGSI web site: www.acgsi.org

ACGSI events: www.acgsi.org/event.php

Monthly Programs: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

Allen INGenWeb: www.acgsi.org/genweb/

Facebook: facebook.com/ACGSI/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/acgsifw/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/acgsi/

Twitter: twitter.com/ACGSI

WordPress blog: acgsi.wordpress.com/