Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Photos from the Allen County Public Library Visit

I described my activities at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana in Day 7 on the Seaver Midwest Genealogy Tour.  Here are some pictures that I took during my visit:

1)  On the wall opposite the second floor walkway leading to the Genealogy Center:

The sayings on the wall include:

*  "We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom" -- Maya Angelou

*  "There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering" -- Theodore Roosevelt

*  How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mother's names." -- Alice Walker

*  "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke

*  "For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

2)  The entrance to the Genealogy Center has an interesting display about Abraham Lincoln's ancestry, complete with an ancestral char (descendants of Samuel Lincoln)t:

3)  The main reading room near the national, state and county history books looks like this:

4)  I was looking for books in the stacks, and geneablogger Tina Lyons (GenWishList) found me to say hello:

5)  In the reading room with the family history books, there were two ladies doing a land records project for a Kentucky county: 

They were creating land maps from the deed records and then trying to tape them together in the proper place relative to geographical features and other land maps.  This is a really daunting project for a local genealogical society to attempt because of the three-dimensionality of the project - latitudinal and longitudinal location and time of the records - especially in a State Land state that does not use ranges, meridians, townships, sections and aliquot parts. 

1 comment:

Tina Lyons said...

It was nice to see you in the stacks, Randy.