30 November 2007

Genealogy Gems

The following is a section of "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library,No. 45, November 30, 2007" that i thought would be of interest to many of you.

The Military Heritage Center
by Curt B. Witcher
In this season of giving, and after having just celebrated Thanksgiving and Veterans' Day 2007, we are pleased to announce a new feature of the GenealogyCenter.Info website. Starting December 1st there will be a special section of the GenealogyCenter site called "Our Military Heritage" to honor those who have given so much to our country. This is our way of both giving thanks for our military men and women, living and deceased, and assisting researchers in gaining access to data that documents our military heritage.
In this section we will be posting full-text searchable images of public-domain publications, soldiers' letters and diaries, photographs, pension and service records, posters, military burial records, commemorative works, military institutions' yearbooks, articles, postcards and links to significant military websites. We anticipate this will be a very dynamic, growing area of the site as we look to include web-streamed interviews and programs in addition to other contributed materials. The section is linked on the main page of GenealogyCenter.Info and can also be accessed directly by the following URL: www.GenealogyCenter.Info/military
Exploring this site, you will see that we have an interesting and rather unique collection of military documents already assembled. A Spanish American War poster of Allen County, Indiana soldiers entitled "Our Gallant Volunteers" can be viewed as a complete image or you can zoom-in on a particular veteran by clicking on a data table; a World War II era sermon talks about war and honors the men serving; and our own library director, Jeff Krull, submitted information on the interesting military career of his great uncle, Edward C. Kuhn, who was a famous military insignia designer.
The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has nearly a half-century long tradition of preserving historical and genealogical information and making that data available to researchers. When you consider that every generation since the founding of our country has had individuals serving in the military, you understand why access to historical military data is so important in family history. Through this feature of our site, it is our intention to make valuable military information widely available to researchers without cost. We can also assist you in submitting copies of military materials to the Veterans' History Project at the Library of Congress.
If you would like to contribute letters to and from service personnel, diaries of military ancestors, copies of pension and service records, pictures of medals and citations, discharge papers, military burial records and the like, please contact The Genealogy Center through Genealogy@ACPL.Info or call 260-421-1225. You can also simply send digital copies of the military documents (scanned at 300 dpi) to: The Genealogy Center, Attn.: Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802. We hope you find this new feature of GenealogyCenter.Info both useful and enjoyable.

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