On Thursday morning, Curt Witcher presented information about a website established by the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library to preserve the records and information that document the lives of our nation’s veterans.
The ‘Our Military Heritage’ website is available to researchers and genealogists free of charge. The material is organized chronologically by war whenever possible. Within each war or category, materials are organized by type of record and includes biographies, burials, diaries, letters, pension records, posters, service records, photographs, post war activities and linage societies, and unit histories and rosters. The source information is printed material in the public domain, copyright-clear or used with permission of the author.
The most exciting news associated with this program is that the Allen County Public Library is soliciting material from private collections. The library is working on a portal to submit the material, but until then the website advises you to contact Curt Witcher (Cwitcher@ACPL.Info) or The Genealogy Center, Attn: Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802 if you have any material you would like to share. They will take it as printed, hard copies or as electronic copies. This can be material from your own collection, research files or items you may have which doesn’t belong to your family, but you don’t have the heart to it toss out. The website can be found at the following URL: http://www.genealogycenter.net/military/index.php.