NGS Announces Research Trip to Allen County Public Library

Arlington, VA, 18 February 2015: Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which will take place 18–22 August 2015. Under the guidance of research consultants Janet A. Alpert, fngs, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CGsm, CGLsm, participants will research for five days at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest. The trip is limited to 30 participants. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center is the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. The NGS research trip will allow participants to access more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms for family history research. The library is also home to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the library has copies of the 11,000 periodicals indexed in PERSI. For additional information about the Genealogy Center, visit the website at

The research trip includes:

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

The package price, which does not include transportation to Fort Wayne, varies depending upon room occupancy and NGS membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Single Room
Before May 21
May 21 and later


Double/Shared Room
Before May 21
May 21 and later


Room shared with non-researching companion1
Before May 21
May 21 and later



1 Non-researching companion receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The research consultants, Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, are available throughout the trip to help guide participants.

Janet “Jan” served as president of the National Genealogical Society from 2006 to 2010 and on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010. In 2014, she became a Fellow of NGS. 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. She has been researching her ancestors since 1981, a heritage which is mostly English, German, and Dutch. She is familiar with research in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and military and DNA records. Jan is also a member of the DAR.

Patricia “Pat” serves as Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at National Genealogical Society and 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.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.