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February 17 Monthly CAGGNI Presentation:

The History of Collection Development in ACPL's Genealogy Center

by John Beatty 

10:30 a.m. CT

Saturday, 17 February 2024

Hybrid event – Zoom and Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

This talk will examine the history of the renowned Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. It will discuss how the collection has developed since 1961, the unusual and unorthodox approaches to the development of its collection over time, and finally, the current collection development practices that guide the collection. We will look at some of the major sources for new genealogical books as well as tools for finding out of print books.

John D. Beatty, CG, has been a reference librarian in The Genealogy Center since 1984 and also serves as its principal bibliographer. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in History from the University of Michigan in 1982, and a Master of Arts degree in History and Library Science with honors from that university in 1984. He became a Board-certified genealogist in 2014. He is the author of sixteen books on local and family history, including works on German and early American families, abstracts of town vital records from Biddeford, Maine, and annotated narratives from the Irish Rebellion of 1798, as well as numerous articles on a variety of genealogical and local historical topics. In 2006, he served as principal editor for volume one of a two-volume History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005, the first history of Allen County produced since 1917. Because of a diversified family background, he has genealogical expertise in a variety of areas. He has conducted original research on families from colonial New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Kentucky, as well as on seventeenth and eighteenth century families from Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. He serves as archivist for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, and his interests also include local Fort Wayne and Allen County history.

For more info and to register: The History of Collection Development in ACPL's Genealogy Center - 17 Feb 2024

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CAGGNI (The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to effectively using technology and the internet in support of their research activities.  

Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest, including software, tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for computer and genealogy issues and internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership. 

A wide variety of genealogy software packages are used by the members as well online trees and database websites. We are also interested in personal websites, digital photography, handheld apps and other ways to share our family histories.

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