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The Allen INGenWeb Project started in 1996 as a part of the 92 county INGenWeb Project of the 50 state USGenWeb Project all volunteer project to provide Free online Allen County, Indiana genealogy research material.

Genealogy is researching factual data records for our families to create family trees and charts, while family history is researching and writing family stories. See What's the difference between genealogy and family history? by Daniel Klein published November 3, 2017 on The Jersey Journal blog.

Only a small percentage of available documents are found online compared to all the papers, manuscripts, periodicals, and books available in private collections, public and research libraries, courthouses, and archives. See Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information? by Dick Eastman published June 12, 2018 on his blog and The Online Trap Don't get caught in the trap of believing all the records you need are online published November 06, 2017 on Legacy News by Legacy Family Tree.

I am Stan Follis the county coordinator since April 2009. The About Allen INGewWeb page discusses our history back to 1996. I can add your family research, data, photos, family trees, transcriptions of historical books, cemetery photos, house photos and more to our pages. Contact Allen INGenWebto volunteer and/or provide material and suggestions for our site.

Our hosting site ACGSI.org has 1,000's of pages of indexes and digital images of Allen County, Indiana public records created by volunteers. The Search box at the top of each page searches all pages on our web sites.

Most publications before 1923 are in the public domain so are copyright free for any use. After 1923 copyright gets complicated - see That 1923 date by  published November 30, 2016 on her Legal Genealogist blog. Internet Archive is saying up to 1941 can be in the public domain copyright free. See Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated! by Brewster Kahle posted October 10, 2017 on their blog.

The average lifespan of web pages is around 90 days. Many web pages are archived on the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive site so if you use the add-on browser extension Wayback Machine for Chrome or Wayback Machine for Firefox it should automatically re-direct to archived web pages. I am not aware of an extension for the Windows 10 Edge or Internet Explorer browser. Evidence Explained Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage blog discussed Using Permalinks in Citations December 3, 2016. Please Contact Allen INGenWebwhen you find broken links on any of our pages.

I also post information on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and WordPress blogs with logo links on the bottom of each page.

What's New!

New Responsive Mobile Website

Several new videos from October Family History Month at the Genealogy Center were added to our Allen County, City Directory, Timeline, and Library pages.

Contact Allen INGenWeb if our new site is not working on your mobile device. Up-to-date Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers should display pages correctly.

People and Places

Biographies and genealogies, some in online books are embeded on our pages, for people born, lived, or died in Allen County as well as historical places and local events.

Over 33,000 marriages, 19,000 deaths, 15,000 funeral cards, 4,000 deed citations, census, cemetery, church, divorce, funeral home, newspaper abstracts, school records and more are on our ACGSI Records page.

Timelines

Timeline pages chronologically list historical events including city directories and online books when published, links to our census, people pages and more to make it easier to write interesting family stories as well as dates and facts to add toyour family trees and charts.

Add Your Information

Contact Allen INGenWebto add names, photos and documents from your family research, historical books, and newspaper articles. Tell us when you find blogs and other Allen County, Indiana related web sites we should add links to or know about!

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Indiana

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December 11, 1816 the 4th President of the United States James Madison admitted Indiana as the 19th state of the union. Mountain lions still roamed the state, elk grazed the prairies and bison roamed the western edges of Indiana creating a buffalo trace to the Ohio River. The state population was 65,000, about equal modern Terre Haute with the capital in Corydon moved from Vincennes in 1813. Read more in Celebrating Indiana's rich history by Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman published September 13, 2015 on BrazilTimes.com. The United States Census Bureau Quickfacts estimate for the July 1, 2016 Indiana population was 6.6 million people. November 26, 2016 the U.S. population passed 325 million according to the U.S. and World Population Clock ranking as 3rd most populous country of over 7,352,000,000 people in the world!

The Indiana state flag torch stands for liberty and enlightenment; the rays represent their far-reaching influence. The thirteen stars in a circle represent the original thirteen states; the five stars in the circle represent the next five states; the large star is Indiana, the nineteenth state. Copied from Indiana State Flag by the Indiana Historical Bureau. For more information read “A Permanent Emblem of Its Own:” The Indiana State Flag & Its Designer by Nicole Poletika published January 11, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog.

Allen County

Allen County is located in northeast Indiana with 660 square miles of land making it the largest of 92 Indiana counties. Allen County was created on December 17, 1823, from Delaware and Randolph counties then established April 1, 1824. The county is named for Colonel John Allen, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, an attorney and Kentucky state senator who was killed in the War of 1812 at the Battle of the River Raisin January 22, 1813 in Monroe County, Michigan. Counties in Kentucky and Ohio are also named in his honor.

In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates a 4 percent population increase to over 370,000 in Allen County since the 2010 census discussed in Census: County grows 4% since 2010 by Ron Shawgo published April 15, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. United States Census BureauQuickFacts show 260,000 were in Fort Wayne July 1, 2016 , leaving around 110,000 people outside the city limits in the county. See Northeast Indiana Demographics for more information.

In 2016, Indiana's largest county, Allen County boasts the third largest population and second most number of farms in the state. Roughly 64 percent of its 420,682 acres are in agriculture; producing commodities including corn, soybeans, hay, livestock, poultry, eggs, horses, wheat, oats, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. From A Fun Fact Friday posted July 10, 2015 by the Allen County Extension Service on Facebook. See also November 11, 2016 Fun Fact. See also County ranks as nation's 186th largest by Ron Shawgo published March 27, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and Allen County Insight January 2015 shows Allen County ranks 10th in agricultural production. We are also in the top 10 percent of all counties nationwide for grain production and also in the top 2 percent of counties in the country for horse, mule and pony ownership. Our Amish population and the large physical size of the county explain how we can have both high urban population and farm ownership. Copied from County's job gains rival those of '90s, researchers report by Dave Gong published February 14, 2015 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, in 2016, the 100th largest city in the United States, was established in 1794 as a fort named for Army General "Mad" Anthony Wayne a veteran of the Revolutionary War who died in 1796. Fort Wayne was chosen as the county seat in May 1824. In 2015, the three-county Fort Wayne metro area ranks as the state’s second-largest metro area with 429,820 residents and the 125-th largest in the nation from Numbers set path on the road to a million published March 26, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

The Discover Downtown: Historic Fort Wayne YouTubeabove was published June 17, 2012 by Downtown Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne settlement started as the Miami Indian village Kekionga on the banks of three rivers which is a common phrase used in the greater Fort Wayne area. The Maumee River flows northeast from Fort Wayne to Lake Erie through Toledo, Ohio after forming from the confluence of the St. Joseph River flowing south from Michigan through Indiana and northwest Ohio and the St. Mary's River flowing northwest from western Ohio. Large swampy areas surrounded early Fort Wayne into northwest Ohio and were eventually drained to provide fertile farm land. Read more in The Great Marsh in the 1800s by the Little River Wetlands Project a restored wetlands in the portage area on the southwest side of the city. The former Great Black Swamp east into northwest Ohio was also drained and is now flat fertile farm land. The Black Swamp Conservancy conserves remaining wetlands in Ohio. The three rivers are the reason Fort Wayne is here and Riverfront Fort Wayne is a multi-million dollar 21st century river development project designed to highlight the three rivers in downtown Fort Wayne. Downtown Fort Wayne is in St. Joe River watershed, which is part of Maumee River watershed, which is part of Lake Erie watershed, which is part of the Great Lakes watershed. That means rainwater that falls from a downtown building roof could eventually end up in Lake Erie. Copied from an October 1, 2018 Tweet by RiverFront Fort Wayne. It also means we might find interesting background information in histories of those watersheds.

Fort Wayne is on the St. Lawrence River Continental Divide separating the Great Lakes Basin from the rest of the Atlantic Ocean watershed. It is known as the Little River Valley. Summit City became a common nickname during the Wabash and Erie Canal era since it was a high point on the canal. The canal ground breaking was in 1832 and completed from Fort Wayne to Huntington County July 3, 1835. The canal lead to the bankruptcy of the state of Indiana and was replaced a couple of decades later by the growth of the railroads.

Fort Wayne was incorporated as a city in 1840 and as Indiana's second largest city historically serves as a transportation and communication center for our region.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Aerial Shots of Iconic Locations by Nicholas J Photography 5 minute video uploaded July 30, 2015 on YouTube. Appears to be during the week long Three Rivers Festival in early July.

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