The Genealogy Center


>>YOU KNOW, DARRYL, IT WAS
FASCINATING TO SEE ALL THE TIME FASCINATING TO SEE ALL THE TIME
AND EFFORT THAT WENT INTO AND EFFORT THAT WENT INTO
RESTORING THOSE CARS AND IT RESTORING THOSE CARS AND IT
MAKES SENSE. MAKES SENSE.
FORT WAYNE HAS A REPUTATION FOR FORT WAYNE HAS A REPUTATION FOR
PRESERVATION. PRESERVATION.
>>YES, JUST LIKE THE HISTORIC >>YES, JUST LIKE THE HISTORIC
EMBASSY THEATRE BEHIND US BUT EMBASSY THEATRE BEHIND US BUT
NOT ONLY DOES FORT WAYNE FROM A NOT ONLY DOES FORT WAYNE FROM A
REPUTATION FOR PRESERVING REPUTATION FOR PRESERVING
HISTORY BUT THEY HAVE A HISTORY BUT THEY HAVE A
REPUTATION FOR DISCOVERING REPUTATION FOR DISCOVERING
HISTORY AS WELL. HISTORY AS WELL.
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>>MANY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ABOUT >>MANY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ABOUT
THE SALT LAKE FAMILY HISTORY THE SALT LAKE FAMILY HISTORY
LIBRARY, BUT FEW REALIZE THAT LIBRARY, BUT FEW REALIZE THAT
THE LARGEST PUBLIC GENEALOGICAL THE LARGEST PUBLIC GENEALOGICAL
RESEARCH LIBRARY IS HERE IN RESEARCH LIBRARY IS HERE IN
INDIANA AND IT ALL STARTED WITH INDIANA AND IT ALL STARTED WITH
AN ECCENTRIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR AN ECCENTRIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR
NAMED FRED REYNOLDS. NAMED FRED REYNOLDS.
>>HE WOULD ACTUALLY ON THE >>HE WOULD ACTUALLY ON THE
WEEKENDS TAKE A LIBRARY STATION WEEKENDS TAKE A LIBRARY STATION
WAGON AND DRIVE AROUND THE WHOLE WAGON AND DRIVE AROUND THE WHOLE
MIDWEST AREA, DOING SOMETHING MIDWEST AREA, DOING SOMETHING
THAT 20th CENTURY LIBRARIANS THAT 20th CENTURY LIBRARIANS
DIDN’T DO IN THE ’40s AND DIDN’T DO IN THE ’40s AND
’50s, AND THAT WAS BUY USED ’50s, AND THAT WAS BUY USED
BOOKS. BOOKS.
BUT IN THE PROCESS, HE COLLECTED BUT IN THE PROCESS, HE COLLECTED
A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LOCAL A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LOCAL
HISTORY AND HERALDRY AND FAMILY HISTORY AND HERALDRY AND FAMILY
HISTORY. HISTORY.
IN 1961, HE STARTED THE IN 1961, HE STARTED THE
DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT.
IT JUST TOOK OFF LIKE A BONFIRE, IT JUST TOOK OFF LIKE A BONFIRE,
AND FROM A COLLECTION OF A FEW AND FROM A COLLECTION OF A FEW
HUNDRED VOLUMES TO NOW NORTH OF HUNDRED VOLUMES TO NOW NORTH OF
1 MILLION VOLUMES, IT WAS 1 MILLION VOLUMES, IT WAS
LITERALLY THE CATALYST THAT LITERALLY THE CATALYST THAT
STARTED THIS COLLECTION. STARTED THIS COLLECTION.
PEOPLE ASK US, SO WHY DO PEOPLE PEOPLE ASK US, SO WHY DO PEOPLE
KEEP COMING TO THE GENEALOGY KEEP COMING TO THE GENEALOGY
CENTER WHEN THERE’S A LOT OF CENTER WHEN THERE’S A LOT OF
THINGS ONLINE. THINGS ONLINE.
THERE’S A GREAT FAMILY HISTORY THERE’S A GREAT FAMILY HISTORY
LIBRARY. LIBRARY.
>>I TELL THEM QUITE SINCERELY >>I TELL THEM QUITE SINCERELY
AND I BELIEVE IT, PEOPLE COME AND I BELIEVE IT, PEOPLE COME
HERE FOR THE EXPERIENCE. HERE FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
>>IT QUICKLY BECOMES SOMEWHAT >>IT QUICKLY BECOMES SOMEWHAT
OF A SICKNESS WHERE YOU JUST OF A SICKNESS WHERE YOU JUST
FIND YOURSELF NEEDING AND FIND YOURSELF NEEDING AND
WANTING MORE BECAUSE THERE’S WANTING MORE BECAUSE THERE’S
NEVER AN END TO IT. NEVER AN END TO IT.
EVERY QUESTION, ANSWER JUST EVERY QUESTION, ANSWER JUST
BROUGHT TEN MORE QUESTIONS. BROUGHT TEN MORE QUESTIONS.
>>IT’S THAT VERY EXPERIENCE >>IT’S THAT VERY EXPERIENCE
THAT INITIALLY ATTRACTED REXBURG THAT INITIALLY ATTRACTED REXBURG
TO THE LIBRARY NEARLY 20 YEARS TO THE LIBRARY NEARLY 20 YEARS
AGO. AGO.
HE FOUND HIMSELF DRIVING FOUR HE FOUND HIMSELF DRIVING FOUR
HOURS ROUND TRIP, SUN UP TO SUN HOURS ROUND TRIP, SUN UP TO SUN
DOWN LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ANSWER DOWN LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ANSWER
IN HIS GROWING FAMILY TREE. IN HIS GROWING FAMILY TREE.
>>THE ALLURE OF THAT CHALLENGE >>THE ALLURE OF THAT CHALLENGE
LED REX TO BECOMING A LED REX TO BECOMING A
PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
SPECIALIZING IN CASES WHERE SPECIALIZING IN CASES WHERE
NORMAL RESEARCH HAS LED TO DEAD NORMAL RESEARCH HAS LED TO DEAD
END. END.
>>I LIKE THE REAL ANALYTICAL >>I LIKE THE REAL ANALYTICAL
TYPE OF WORK WHERE I HAVE TO TYPE OF WORK WHERE I HAVE TO
THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND I THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND I
HAVE TO THINK OF NEW WAYS TO HAVE TO THINK OF NEW WAYS TO
SEARCH AND TO PIECE TOGETHER SEARCH AND TO PIECE TOGETHER
CLUES. CLUES.
I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT THE I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT THE
INTERNET IS THE BEST THING THAT INTERNET IS THE BEST THING THAT
EVER HAPPENED TO GENEALOGY AND EVER HAPPENED TO GENEALOGY AND
THE WORST THING THAT EVER THE WORST THING THAT EVER
HAPPENED TO GENEALOGY. HAPPENED TO GENEALOGY.
SOME PEOPLE CAN FIND INFORMATION SOME PEOPLE CAN FIND INFORMATION
AND IT DOESN’T SUPPORT ANYTHING AND IT DOESN’T SUPPORT ANYTHING
THEY HAVE. THEY HAVE.
AND SOMEONE ELSE GET IT’S FROM AND SOMEONE ELSE GET IT’S FROM
THEM AND FROM THEM AND IT THEM AND FROM THEM AND IT
SPREADS LIKE A FIRE AND IT’S SPREADS LIKE A FIRE AND IT’S
OFTEN INCORRECT INFORMATION OFTEN INCORRECT INFORMATION
THAT’S BEING PACED AROUND FROM THAT’S BEING PACED AROUND FROM
PLACE TO PLACE TO PLACE. PLACE TO PLACE TO PLACE.
>>WHICH IS WHY THE ALLEN COUNTY>>WHICH IS WHY THE ALLEN COUNTY
PUBLIC LIBRARY IS A PERFECT PUBLIC LIBRARY IS A PERFECT
HUNTING GROUND FOR THIS HUNTING GROUND FOR THIS
HISTORICAL DETECTIVE. HISTORICAL DETECTIVE.
IT FEATURES THE LARGEST IT FEATURES THE LARGEST
PERIODICAL COLLECTION IN THE PERIODICAL COLLECTION IN THE
WORLD AND OVER 300,000 PRINTED WORLD AND OVER 300,000 PRINTED
VOLUMES INCLUDING CHURCH, COURT VOLUMES INCLUDING CHURCH, COURT
AND CENSUS RECORDS AND OVER AND CENSUS RECORDS AND OVER
70,000 COMPILED FAMILY 70,000 COMPILED FAMILY
HISTORIES. HISTORIES.
>>WHEN PEOPLE SAY, WHAT DO YOU >>WHEN PEOPLE SAY, WHAT DO YOU
COLLECT? COLLECT?
THE SHORTEST ANSWER IS USUALLY, THE SHORTEST ANSWER IS USUALLY,
YES. YES.
WHATEVER YOU CAN THINK. WHATEVER YOU CAN THINK.
AND QUITE LITERALLY. AND QUITE LITERALLY.
THE CHURCH PUBLICATIONS, THE CHURCH PUBLICATIONS,
PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES, TOWN PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES, TOWN
DIRECTORIES, HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTORIES, HIGH SCHOOL
YEARBOOKS, SCRAPBOOKS, WE YEARBOOKS, SCRAPBOOKS, WE
COLLECT IT ALL BECAUSE IT’S COLLECT IT ALL BECAUSE IT’S
SETTING A TIME PHOENIX FO TEX FE SETTING A TIME PHOENIX FO TEX FE
COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY.
A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT’S ONLY A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT’S ONLY
PUBLISHED MATERIAL, BUT IT’S ALL PUBLISHED MATERIAL, BUT IT’S ALL
ABOUT DATA. ABOUT DATA.
WE CAN HELP ORGANIZE THE WE CAN HELP ORGANIZE THE
ARCHIVAL DATA AND IT INTO ARCHIVAL DATA AND IT INTO
SOMETHING THAT PUBLIC LIBRARY SOMETHING THAT PUBLIC LIBRARY
COMMUNITIES CAN USE. COMMUNITIES CAN USE.
WE HAVE BEEN OUTLIERS. WE HAVE BEEN OUTLIERS.
WE HAVE PEOPLE LITERALLY FROM WE HAVE PEOPLE LITERALLY FROM
ALL OVER SENDING US MATERIALS. ALL OVER SENDING US MATERIALS.
SOMETIMES WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE SOMETIMES WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE
DRINKING FROM A FIRE HOSE. DRINKING FROM A FIRE HOSE.
THERE’S SO MUCH COMING IN, BUT THERE’S SO MUCH COMING IN, BUT
STEP BY STEP, DAY BY DAY, WE STEP BY STEP, DAY BY DAY, WE
CONTINUE TO CATALOGUE MORE CONTINUE TO CATALOGUE MORE
ITEMS. ITEMS.
SO EACH MONTH WE ADD SEVERAL SO EACH MONTH WE ADD SEVERAL
THOUSAND RECORDS TO OUR WEBSITE, THOUSAND RECORDS TO OUR WEBSITE,
AND WE ADD AT LEAST A THOUSAND AND WE ADD AT LEAST A THOUSAND
PHYSICAL ITEMS, BE THEY PHYSICAL ITEMS, BE THEY
MICROFILM OR BOOKS AND SO THE MICROFILM OR BOOKS AND SO THE
RESEARCHERS WHO WERE HERE 18 RESEARCHERS WHO WERE HERE 18
MONTHS AGO, THERE’S AT LEAST MONTHS AGO, THERE’S AT LEAST
18,000 TO 20,000 NEW ITEMS IN 18,000 TO 20,000 NEW ITEMS IN
THE COLLECTION TODAY THAT THE COLLECTION TODAY THAT
WEREN’T THERE WHEN THEY VISITED WEREN’T THERE WHEN THEY VISITED
US LAST. US LAST.
THAT’S THE CHALLENGE, AND THAT’S THAT’S THE CHALLENGE, AND THAT’S
ALSO THE EXCITEMENT. ALSO THE EXCITEMENT.
IT’S KEEPING OUR WEB OF IT’S KEEPING OUR WEB OF
CONNECTIVITY ALIVE. CONNECTIVITY ALIVE.
WTHERE HAVE BEEN AN INCREASING WTHERE HAVE BEEN AN INCREASING
NUMBER OF STUDIES THAT KIDS NUMBER OF STUDIES THAT KIDS
SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT
THEIR FAMILY HISTORY. THEIR FAMILY HISTORY.
THEY ARE FOCUSED IN SCHOOL AND THEY ARE FOCUSED IN SCHOOL AND
PAY BETTER ATTENTION. PAY BETTER ATTENTION.
I HAVE THINK THE WHOLE THING, I HAVE THINK THE WHOLE THING,
THAT YOU ARE CONNECTED. THAT YOU ARE CONNECTED.
YOU HAVE BEEN BLED FOR AND DIED YOU HAVE BEEN BLED FOR AND DIED
FOR, CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THEIR FOR, CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THEIR
PAST, THAT’S A POWERFUL THING PAST, THAT’S A POWERFUL THING
FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL, PARTICULARLY FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL, PARTICULARLY
A YOUNG PERSON TO KNOW, THAT YOU A YOUNG PERSON TO KNOW, THAT YOU
ARE NOT JUST A NOBODY. ARE NOT JUST A NOBODY.
YOU ARE SOMEBODY. YOU ARE SOMEBODY.
AND HAVING THE CONTEXT

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