People of Allen County, Indiana

The Search box on the top of each page will quickly find names and search terms on our pages. If you can supply biographical material on more people please Contact Allen INGenWeb.

History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all - Lawrence Overmire from his Memorial page on Find A Grave.

History isn't about dates and places and wars. It's about the people who filled the spaces between them. - Jodi Picoult posted October 18, 2017 by Amy Johnson Crow on Facebook.

Some Allen County, Indiana pioneers : a notebook handwritten personal notes kept by Stopher, John Publication date 1900

  1. ACGSI Records page has a growing list of indexed records for Allen County, Indiana.
  2. Cityscapes - People & Places is on the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  3. Family Web Sites of Allen County, Indiana is our list of local family web sites as well as how to find web sites that no longer exist via the Wayback Machine using automatic browser extensions to find those archived web pages.
  4. Historical Record Lists has over 400 names of people who served such as ministers, mayors, state representaives and more prior to 1900 in Allen County and other counties in Indiana at OurFamilyTree.com.
  5. April 8, 2017 and August 11, 2017 general discussion of people from Fort Wayne were on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Surnames

We have a Surname Queries page where you can post names on our Submit a Surname Query page, or search already submitted names on our Query Index page.

Library Information

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library has a web page called Life Stories Your Story, Our History, Told By You that has links to interview information and a growing collection of online video Interviews recorded, preserved and presented at the library. Current video interview pages include:

  1. Allen County Public Library Interviews
  2. Community Interviews
  3. Family Resources growing collection of material submitted to The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  4. Indiana Artists More than 1,000 entries compiled from the "Indiana Artists" clipping folder of the Indiana Collection Vertical File (which no longer exists).
  5. Lasting Lawyer Legacy Project currently has the most videos of local attorneys. Information not in the history books was one heading in the article Allen County Bar Association project collects oral histories from the legal community by Marilyn Odendahl published August 9, 2017 on The Indiana Lawyer.com. 
  6. Life Stories Your Story, Our History, Told By You at the Allen County Public Library.
  7. "My Life Indiana" Stories
  8. Surname File Lists other researchers searching same surname w/ contact information

Other Information

  1. 1875 State Legislators - INGenWeb pdf - name Index
  2. 1860 Lawyers from Livingston's United States Law Register published in the December 5, 1894 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel newspaper on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana on Facebook.
  3. 1879 State Legislators on Internet Archive
  4. 108 year old resident: Irene Alma Steiss Burgoon Mensalvas died September 11, 2012. She lived on Ferguson Road farm that became part of Fort Wayne International Airport, lived in Hawaii, several states, a couple other countries before returning to Fort Wayne. From her Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.
  5. A Brief History of Brewing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the Wayback Machine formerly IndianaBeer.com.
  6. Dialects and 4 part tongue in cheek YouTube video How To Speak Hoosier video links discussed August 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Some of the video comments indicate some of these dialects are fading away and not state wide.
  7. Finding Indiana Records a pdf by the Indiana Historical Society
  8. First Name AbbreviationsIn many historic documents, first names were abbreviated. For example, old street directories and city directories always abbreviated common first names. Parish records often abbreviated familiar Christian names. This was done to save space and paper. From Genealogy In Time archived on the Wayback Machine.
  9. FORT WAYNE FIVE: Important medical figures published April 9, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  10. Historical Databases of over 18,000 19th-20th Century Indiana Physicians and over 9,000 Union Civil War Surgeons at Ruth Lilly Medical Library at Indiana University of Medicine. 14 Doctors of Allen County search results.
  11. Hoosiers: The Story of Indianafour-part video series explores Indiana’s 200-year history. Based on the definitive history of Indiana, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, by James Madison. Produced by WFYI Public Media.
  12. The book Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne by Randy Harter and Craig Hartman is about 182 well known Fort Wayne locals released August 31, 2015 and nnounced July 16, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when...a Closed Group on Facebook.
  13. Fort Wayne researcher on quest to find 'One Hundred Leading Hoosiers 1816-1916' Fort Wayne woman is trying to track down all of the people profiled in the 1916 newspaper series “One Hundred Leading Hoosiers 1816-1916,” which highlighted people who made major contributions to the state. by Kevin Kilbane published February 4, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper .
  14. Legends of Fort Wayne. Over 400 comments December 28, 2017 on I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Facebook.
  15. Linkpendium has links to over 9 million surnames worldwide including 160,000 recently added free online biographies according to their November 21, 2015 Facebook post.
  16. List of people from Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  17. List of people from Indiana on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  18. Little-known women influenced city by Michael Hawfield in Cityscapes from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  19. Miss Fort Wayne Scholarship Organization - list of names from beginning in the 1940s to present on FreeWebs.com
  20. Most Popular People Born In "Fort Wayne/ Indiana/ USA" lists over 120 people with some claim to fame with Fort Wayne connections on IMDb.com.
  21. Old Settlers and pioneers in Indiana by Indiana Division Librarian Andrea Glenn published December 6, 2017 on Indiana State Library blog.
  22. Fort Wayne media personalities discussed August 16, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  23. Surname spellings were often based on what the writer heard, rather than standard English grammar and spelling. Discussed in this blog North American Dialects and Fonetik Speling by Michael J. Leclerc's Genealogy News May 9, 2013 on the Wayback Machine for Mocavo about the North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns Rick Aschmann outlines eight dialects in North America. Discussed again as Where to Find the Best Collections of Regional Dialects and Local Accents by Nick Douglas September 7, 2017 on lifehacker.com.
  24. Top 5 Names In Each Of The Last 100 Yearsfemale and male names 1917 through the last year on Social Security.gov
  25. A common myth is some of our ancestors changed the spelling of their name at Ellis Island. Read: Ellis Island -- Names were NOT changed! A very persistent myth perpetuated in our genealogical world ... on the July 10, 2013 National Genealogical Society blog.
  26. USGenWeb has a list of Common Nicknames.
  27. People from Fort Wayne and Allen County on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  28. Portraits in the Grand Staircase - portraits of Sam Hanna, Samuel Foster, and Major-General Henry Lawton by Carmen Doyle published September 24, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  29. Social Security Administration Top 10 Baby Names have look up by decade and state.
  30. Why is HE so important? (A brief reason why some things in Fort Wayne were named that) (The dead guys with streets and places named after them) by Carmen Doyle published December 24, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  31. Writing Her Story annually since 2013 by the Indiana Commission for Women.

Trivia

  1. In 1966, the famous “Blue Light Special” was invented by a Kmart manager in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who was seeking a way to make it easier for his customers to find the Christmas wrapping paper that he was clearing; the Blue Light Special went on to be adopted chainwide and become an American icon. Copied from Kmart Corporation on Encyclopdia.com.
  2. Movies made here or about Fort Wayne.
  3. Television shows with a real or fictional character from Fort Wayne.

Videos

From The Journal Gazette newspaper

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journalgazette/videos

On Vimeo over 4,000 videos in 2016: https://vimeo.com/thejournalgazette

From The News-Sentinel newspaper

News-Sentinel.com videos: http://www.news-sentinel.com/videos/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenewssentinel/videos

eBooks

Over 900 pages of Biographical Sketches in Memorial record of northeastern Indiana published in 1896 by Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago.

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Keys to the Fort

The Key to the Fort goes to individuals who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to the community through a lifetime of stewardship and involvement. The Key is a hand forged replica of the iron key that was at the Fort in the days of Anthony Wayne, circa 1790. The original key is at the History Center. Recipients include the late Charles Redd, a former City Council member and community activist, the late Jane Avery of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Bob Chase, legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster and WOWO personality, Belinda Lewis of Animal Care and Control.

PAST CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

2016: Dan Wire, river promoter runs the Tri-State Watershed Alliance

2015: Chuck Surack, founder and president of Sweetwater

2014: FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson and Board President Mark GiaQuinta

2013: Michael Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview HealthSystem

2012: Irene Walters, executive director of university relations at IPFW, community volunteer

2011: Larry Wardlaw, chairman of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, community volunteer

2010: Meg Distler, executive director of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, and Minn Myint Nan Tin, executive director of the Burmese Advocacy Center

2009: Lynn Reecer, co-founder and president of Aboite New Trails

2008: Jane Avery, executive director of Community Harvest Food Bank

2007: Jeff Krull, director of the Allen County Public Library

2006: Hana Stith, founder and curator of the African/African-American Museum

2005: John Stafford, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW

2004: Shirley Woods, founder of the Euell A. Wilson Center

2003: Donald Andorfer, Sister Elise Kriss, university presidents; Chancellor Mike Wartell

2002: Judges Fran Gull, Steve Sims and John Surbeck, court reform activists

2001: Jim Kelley, philanthropist

2000: Rosetta Moses Hill, education activist

1999: Father Tom O’Connor, founder of St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen

1998: Phil, Joann, Matt, Glen and Ryan Nixon, activists for bike trails, traffic safety

1997: Jane Novak, mental health advocate

1996: Ternae Jordan, Stop the Madness founder

1995: Ian Rolland, Lincoln National CEO, community activist

1994: Irene Walters, Mike Hawfield and Patty Martone, Fort Wayne bicentennial organizers

1993: Jane and Tom Dustin, environmentalists

1992: Joyce Schlatter, Fort Wayne Community Foundation specialist

1991: Don Wolf, founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Community Schools Study Connection

1990: Brenda Robinson, director of Old Fort YMCA

1989: Dr. David Porter, child abuse prevention specialist/advocate

1988: Paul Clarke, philanthropist and founder of Fort Wayne Community Foundation

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Page updated: April 9, 2018