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2014 NGS Research Trip to Allen County Public Library 

20–23 August 2014 

  • Space is limited to 25 attendees. 
  • Registration Opens: 17 February 2014 - SOLD OUT
  • Registration Deadline: 10 July 2014  

This event is now SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Courtney Holmes.

Do you want to do research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest?

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 Allen County Public Library is also home to PERSI, the Periodical Source Index. PERSI indexes locations and subjects found 11,000 different periodicals. The library has a copy of every publication in which an article is indexed in PERSI.

For additional information about the Allen County Public Library, visit their website and print the genealogy center brochure:

The trip will be guided by research consultants Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl.

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Trip Details

The 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

Registration Fees:

Single Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before June 2
June 2 and after



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


Roommates: NGS will aid participants in locating a roommate; however, no guarantees are made. Please see the FAQ for further information. 

Payments: Full payment is required at the time of registration.  


Please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes. If your cancellation request is received by 20 June 2014, 60 days prior to trip date, a $100 non-refundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.

After 20 June, refunds minus the non-refundable administrative fee are only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missing events or leaving the trip early.  


Featured Consultants

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 Richmond, Virginia, 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 York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, 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 Island, South Carolina, and Holland, Michigan.

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.


The hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott--Ft. Wayne Downtown, located at 1150 South Harrison Street. It is a short three-block walk to the library.

This hotel is a nonsmoking facility. Rooms were recently refurbished and are equipped with either a king or two queen beds. The room has coffee service, iron with ironing board, hairdryer, mini-fridge, microwave, and flat panel HDTV. For your relaxation, the hotel has an indoor pool and an exercise center.

Can I arrange for extra nights?
Extra nights are available based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at to add additional room nights to your trip. The price is @ $140 per night.

*Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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