17 February 2014

National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN 20–23 August 2014


Arlington, VA, 17 February 2014: Registration is now open for the NGS research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 20–23 August 2014. Under the guidance of research consultants Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl, participants will have four days to research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest. This is the first time NGS is sponsoring a research trip to Fort Wayne. Won’t you join us? For more information, or to register for the trip, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ft_wayne_research_trip.

The Allen County Public Library is home to the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection, the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. The NGS four-day, three-night trip will give participants access to more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms to choose from for family history research during the library’s hours of Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The library is also home to PERSI, the Periodical Source Index. The library has a copy of every article indexed in PERSI in more than 11,000 periodicals. For additional information about the Allen County Public Library, visit their website and print the genealogy center brochure: http://www.genealogycenter.org/pdf/AboutUsBrochure.pdf.

The research trip includes:  
  • Online orientation, training, and preparation assistance for the Allen County Public Library
  • Four days of research at the Allen County Public Library
  • Meet and Greet at the hotel 
  • Research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Three nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, which includes
    • free Internet in rooms
    • parking for one car, or
    • airport transfers
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities included
The package price, which does not include transportation to Fort Wayne, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:


Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$525
$675

$675
$825
Double/Shared Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$350
$500

$500
$650
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$600
$750

$750
$900
1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The research consultants, Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl, will be available throughout the trip to help guide the trip participants.

Janet A. Alpert (Jan) was president of the National Genealogical Society from 2006‒2010. She served on the NGS board from 2004‒2010. She is a co-chair for the NGS Family History Conference in RichmondVirginia, 7‒10 May 2014. She is also chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee, a national committee that educates state and federal legislators on the need for access to public records. She has been researching her ancestors since 1981 and has done research in all the New England states, New YorkPennsylvaniaOhioIndianaMichiganIllinois, and Missouri. Her heritage is mostly English, German, and Dutch. Jan is also a member of the DAR and has research experience in military records. She retired in 2004 from a 35-year career in the title insurance industry. She and her husband live seasonally in Hilton Head IslandSouth Carolina, and HollandMichigan.

Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.






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