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Societies of Allen County, Indiana

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)

Formed in 1976 and web host for the Allen INGenWeb web site. Search boxes are linked together to easily find all information on either web site. ACGSI free educational programs related to genealogy are the second Wednesday of each month, September through June. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a speaker at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the main Allen County Public Library.

P.O. Box 12003
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

It's Not Trash - It's History was a newspaper ad run several years ago encouraging donations of genealogy material to the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

African-American Genealogical Society of Allen County, Indiana

In 1975, African American teachers Hana L. Stith and Miles Edwards started working with the Allen County Historical Museum to preserve their history. In May 1999 they moved into their current building.

436 East Douglas Avenue
P.O. Box 11524
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46859

Celebrate the African/African-American Historical Society’s Anniversary! by Renee posted on March 20, 2012 on Fort Wayne Insider official blog of Visit Fort Wayne.

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Allen County - Fort Wayne Historical Society

Formed in 1921, since the 1980s housed in the 1893 City Hall building, oversees the historic Barr Street Market dating back to 1837 and the 1827 home of Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville.

The History Center
302 East Berry St.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Besancon Historical Society

French settlement and St. Louis Catholic Church history society formed in 1995 to serve the eastern Allen County, Indiana area.

15535 Lincoln Highway East
New Haven, Indiana 46774

Delta Sigma Theta

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. One hundred years ago Sunday [January 13, 1913], 22 women at Howard University in Washington, D.C., founded an organization geared toward service, scholarship and sisterhood. Less than two months later, those women performed their first public act: They were the only black group and the only Greek group to participate in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. read the rest of their story in Sorority celebrates a century From suffrage to service Delta Sigma Theta keeps founders’ ideals by Jaclyn Youhana published January 14, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Delta Sigma Theta sorority celebrates century of service by Frost Illustrated Staff October 18, 2013 on Frost Illustrated.com.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc.

15808 Edgerton Road
New Haven, Indiana 46774
Website: fortwaynerailroad.org/
Mailing Address:
PO Box 11017
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46855
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fortwaynerailroad
YouTubes on Fort Wayne Historical Society channel
See Santa Train on Visit Fort Wayne blog.

Four Presidents Corners Historical Society

Dedicated to the history and historic preservation in Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe townships of Allen County, Indiana.

Meetings first Wednesday of each month at Monroeville Library

115 Main Street
Monroeville, Indiana 46773
Web site: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~infpchs/

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Grabill Historical Society and Olde Church Museum

Mission is to recognize and preserve the unique history of Grabill.

13506 West Street
P.O. Box 346
Grabill, Indiana 46741
260.627.5227 Ext. 6
web site

Hoosier Homestead Awards

Photos and more since 2011 online

The Hoosier Homestead Awards recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Started in 1976, more than 5,000 statewide awarded. Earliest Allen County award is Paul Parker from November 5, 1837.

Centennial Award - 100 years of ownership
Sesquicentennial Award - 150 years of ownership
Bicentennial Award - 200 years of ownership

Huntertown Historical Society

Established in 1997, serving Perry and Eel River Townships.

P.O. Box 662
Huntertown, Indiana 46748-0662
Has obituaries, photos, stories, contact information and more on their web site:
www.huntertownhistoricalsociety.org and Huntertown Historical Society Family Files at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies

Founded in 2010, they meet twice a year (Fall & Spring) for those in the state of Indiana and the Midwest with interests in cemetery research and preservation.

Indiana Chapter, Association for Gravestone Studies blog
National gravestonestudies.org website.

Indiana Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 10507
Fort Wayne IN 46852
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndianaAncestors
Blog: indgensoc.blogspot.com

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Indiana Jewish Historical Society

Founded in 1972, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, holds events throughout the state, collects, preserves, and publishes information on the 250 years of Jewish Life in Indiana.

6301 Constitution Drive
Fort Wayne 46804
Web site: ihs.org

INPAWS - Indiana Native Plant And Wildflower Society

Since 1993, a diverse mix of naturalists, gardeners, conservationists, scientists, writers, and photographers educating the public about the value, beauty, diversity and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation.

P.O. Box 501528
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Web site: www.inpaws.org

Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter NSDAR (National Society Daughter's of the American Revolution)

Organized December 18, 1901, the eleventh chapter formed in the State of Indiana, the chapter name was chosen to honor the wife of General Anthony Wayne. Around 20 of their Yearbooks before 1923 are online at the Internet Archive.

DAR LIBRARY DAY at the Allen County Public Library The Genealogy Center

900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana
1st Wednesday of each month
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Web site: www.rootsweb.com/~inmpwcd/

Sagamore of the Wabash award

Created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. The term “sagamore” was used by the American Indian Tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice. Each governor since Gates has presented the certificates in their own way. Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage. There is no record of the total number which have been presented, as each governor has kept his own roll. From SAGAMORE OF THE WABASH AWARD on in.gov and Sagamore of the Wabash on Wikipedia, see also Sagamore of the Wabash by Jeffrey Graf Reference Services Department Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

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St. Vincent de Paul Historical Society

Originally located near Academy, Indiana in St. Joseph Township. Central focus of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Washington Township.
Wayback Machine archived web site: www.rootsweb.com/~insvhs/

Settlers, Inc.

Since 1971, costumed Settler members have researched the early Americana domestic arts and crafts, their politics, history, folklore and mechanics involving the many skills needing to survive early America. Settlers have shared their knowledge with the community via their Speakers' Bureau and their programs at the Swinney Homestead. In 1980 Settlers leased and moved into the Swinney House and began teaching classes in a historical, elegant setting. Copied from their About Settlers, Inc. section of their web site.

1424 West Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Web site : www.settlers.org

St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative

Formed in March 1996, joining local and state natural resource professionals and political leaders to share information and to discuss issues and solutions to water quality issues. Was a response to publication of Weed Killers by the Glass, published by the Environmental Working Group in 1995, which brought to light the problem of herbicides found in Fort Wayne, Indiana's tap water. In the report, a single sample of tap water taken on June 1, 1995 contained nine different herbicides. 

3718 New Vision Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
260.484.5848 ext. 3
Fax: (855) 408-4688
Web site: www.sjrwi.org

Scottish Cultural Society of Fort Wayne

2010 Indiana Highland Games & Scottish Festival at IPFW uploaded May 24, 2010 YouTube
Blog: www.scottishsocietyftw.org

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Other Societies

  1. Local Societies Can Help Preserve the Past by Margery Graham, originally appeared in the IGS June 2010 Newsletter, published March 30, 2015 on the Indiana Genenealogical Society blog.
  2. Indiana Postal History Society
  3. Indiana Historical Society
  4. Indiana History Bureau
  5. Indiana Historic Architecture
  6. Indiana Historical Society has Local History Contacts to county historical societies, county genealogical organizations, and county historians.
  7. Indiana Magazine of History published since 1905, free online access to all but the two most recent years of the publication.
  8. National Society Sons of the American Revolution
  9. Society of Indiana Pioneers - Several videos on YouTube by threehermits
    The Society of Indiana Pioneers: Overview
    The Society of Indiana Pioneers: Membership, Benefits and Genealogy
    The Society of Indiana Pioneers: Founders Project celebrating Indiana's 2016 bicentennial.
  10. Territorial Guard Society of Indiana - Indiana Genealogical Society member who is a direct descendant of someone who lived within the boundaries of present-day Indiana on or before December 11, 1816, the date of Indiana statehood, apply for membership.

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