National Genealogical Society

Conferences & Events

2016 NGS Research Trip to Allen County Public Library 

15–19 August 2016 

  • Space is limited to 30 participants. 
  • Registration opens: 10 February 2016
  • Early bird registration closes: 11 May 2016.
  • Registration Deadline: 1 July 2016  

One of the noteworthy research repositories, the Allen County Public Library has the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection. Besides being home to PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, the library collection contains more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms. Additionally, in a joint venture with the Indiana State Museum, the library houses the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection.

For additional information about the Allen County Public Library, visit the website:

The research consultants are Pamela S. Eagleson, CGSM and Patricia Walls Stamm,CGSM,CGLSM.

Trip Details Registration Fees Schedule
Policies Featured Consultants Accessibility
Hotel Extra Night? FAQs

Trip Details

The research trip package price includes:  

  • Online orientation and preparation assistance for the Allen County Public Library;
  • Five days of research at the Allen County Public Library;
  • Meet and greet for participants;
  • Research consultations with research consultants Pam Eagleson and Pat Stamm during the trip;
  • Four genealogical presentations;
  • Tour of the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection;
  • Four nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, which includes:
     o free Internet in rooms;
     o parking for one car or airport transfers;
  • Fees and taxes for all planned events.

Registration Fees

Single Room
Before May 11
May 11 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before May 11
May 11 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before May 11
May 11 and after



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

Schedule (Changes announced through the online orientation)

Monday afternoon
Genealogical presentation.
Monday afternoon
Meet and greet with questions and answers; snacks and beverages are included
Monday afternoon
Orientation and research at the library.
Tuesday through Friday
Research at the library.
Tuesday through Thursday
Genealogical presentation.
Checkout from hotel before 12:00 p.m.


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.  

Cancellation: To cancel a trip, please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at

  • If your cancellation request is received by 15 June 2016 (60 days prior to the trip), a $125 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
  • After 15 June 2016, because of contract obligations, refunds (minus the nonrefundable administrative fee) are only available if a substitute participant is found.
  • Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.
  • Accessibility

    Both the library and the hotel are handicapped accessible. If you need a handicapped-accessible room, please include that in the comments section of the reservation form.

    Please note that the hotel is about a three-block walk to the library. The library does have a public parking lot across the street. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Cabs, parking, and public transit fees are not included in the cost of the trip.

    Featured Consultants

    Pam Stone Eagleson (Pam) is a researcher, writer, and teacher. She conducts client and personal research nationwide with an emphasis on New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. Pam has been a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) since 1981 and currently serves as a director at large. She lectures at the National Genealogical Society?s national conferences as well as regional and local conferences. She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Winner of the 2004 NGS Family History Writing Contest, Pam is co-administrator of the Stone Surname DNA project and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and many regional genealogical societies.

    Patricia Walls Stamm (Pat) 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 three-block walk to the library.

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

    Can I arrange for extra nights?

    NGS can make arrangements to extend your trip. The price is $140 per night. Please make these plans at least 60 days prior to the trip date. After that, space is based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at for further information.

    *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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