This is a weblog about genealogy in and about the State of Ohio. It will feature news and views (mostly mine) about developments of interest to genealogists doing research in Ohio, no matter where they reside.--Wally Huskonen

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Allen Co. Library on the Move

Buckeye genealogy researchers who were planning a trip across the state line into Indiana to research at the Allen County Library during January will have to hold off awhile.

An article in the Dec. 27 issue of the Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette reports that the family history holdings of the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne are unavailable to researchers for about a month, beginning the weekend before Christmas. The library’s genealogy department closed Saturday Dec 23 so that employees could began moving the materials to a new library building on Tuesday, Dec 26. The new $64 million main library will open on Webster Street on Jan. 27.

The main library moved from Webster Street to temporary quarters at Berry and Clinton streets in early 2003.

Workers started moving much of the genealogy department’s 750,000-piece collection Tuesday. The microfilm machines and microfiche cabinets had already been moved. Employees took books, newsletters and other materials off the shelves and placed them on a wheeled cart, which was then taken to a truck waiting at the dock. The carts were loaded into the trucks, which were then driven to the new location and unloaded.

The Allen County Public Library’s genealogy collection is second only to the one at the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.