We have genealogists who perform in-depth research in the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The library contains 400,000 books and more than 650,000 microfilms and microfiche.
The record collections are explained in their brochure. Available records can be searched in the Genealogy Center Catalog. Available microfilms and microfiche can be searched in the microtext catalog.
Some of the records in the library include:
- Largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world with more than 10,000 titles
- Over 55,000 compiled genealogies and family histories, some not found anywhere else
- Federal and state census records, including non-population censuses such as agriculture schedules not available online
- National Archives service and pension records covering every conflict from the Revolutionary War (1775) through World War I (1918)
- Newspapers for Fort Wayne, Allen County, and other Indiana cities; also for large cities in the United States, and London, England (a list of newspapers is available)
- Passenger lists and passport applications from 1795 covering 163 ports of entry
- Over 60,000 city directories since 1785 for more than 3,000 localities
- Native American records since 1824
- African American records (1775 to present)
- Canadian records, including all censuses since 1666, passenger lists, marriage indexes, Drouin Collection, and Ontario BMD indexes from 1869
- British Isles records consisting of 15,000 volumes from 1538
We’ll search records for you and email you digital images of what we find.
Research in the Allen County Public Library begins at $500. You can submit a request for a research quote.