National Genealogical Society

Conferences & Events

2014 NGS Research Trip to Allen County Public Library 

18–22 August 2015  - REGISTER NOW

  • Space is limited to 30 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 18 February 2015 - REGISTER NOW
  • Registration Deadline: 1 June 2015  

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

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana is the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. During this five-day, four-night trip, participants have access to more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms for their family history research. 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.

The Allen County Public Library is also home to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), which indexes over 11,000 different periodicals. These publications are available at the library for viewing.

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

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

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Trip Details

The trip includes:  

  • Guidance from experienced research leaders
  • Online orientation to prepare for your trip to Allen County, Indiana
  • Meet and greet on Tuesday at the hotel
  • Five days of research at the Allen County Public Library
  • Personal research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Four nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, including free Internet in rooms, parking for one car, or airport transfers
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities.

Registration Fees

Single Room
Before May 21
May 21 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before May 21
May 21 and after
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before May 21
May 21 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.  

Cancellation Policy

NGS understands that commitments can change your plans. To cancel a trip, please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at If your cancellation request is received by 15 June 2015 (60 days prior to the trip), a $125 non-refundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.

After 15 June, because of contract obligations, a refund (minus the non-refundable administrative fee) is only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.   

Schedule (Changes announced through the online orientation)

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet with questions and answers; snacks and beverages are included
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.
Orientation and research at the library. The Library closes at 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
Research at the library.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.
Research at the library.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Research at the library.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
Research at the library.
Checkout from hotel before 12:00 p.m.


Featured Consultants

Janet A. Alpert, fngs, served as president of the National Genealogical Society from 2006‒2010 and on the board from 2004-2010. In 2014, NGS bestowed the rank of Fellow of the National Genealogical Society on her. She was co-chair for the NGS Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, May 7-10, 2014.

Jan serves as the 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. Researching her ancestors since 1981, her heritage is mostly English, German, and Dutch. She is familiar with research in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, military and DNA records. Jan is also a member of the DAR.

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 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 in Missouri.


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. 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 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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