Below are descriptions of the two cities nominated for the
2018 Austin Conference site.
AFAOA members: Scroll down to vote.

Votes must be received by December 15, 2017.


Philadelphia is a city full of history. Visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated, drafted and signed. See the Assembly Room where George Washington was appointed commander of the Continental Army. Christ Church, founded in 1695, is where the American Episcopal Church was born. The current building was constructed in the early 1700s. Benjamin Franklin raised money for the tower and steeple, added in 1754. Other attractions include the Philadelphia Zoo (America's first zoo), and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Philadelphia also has many opportunities for genealogy research. The Pennsylvania State Archives holds court records such as land and estate transactions, as well as birth, death and marriage records. The Pennsylvania State Library offers large collections of city directories, passenger lists, family and county histories, microfilmed newspapers, and church and cemetery records. The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, dating from 1789 to the present, for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia City Archives are also excellent research facilities.


The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne boasts the second most complete genealogical collection in the United States, with over 350,000 printed volumes, 513,000 microfilm and microfiche items and over 50,000 compiled genealogies. The library's holdings include family histories, state, city and town histories, census records, city directories, passenger lists, military records, Native American records, records for Canada, the British Isles, Germany and other countries, periodicals and PERSI, the periodical index.

This region, at the confluence of three rivers, became an important center of trade, due largely to the Wabash-Erie Canal. Visit the History Center and the Old Fort, where history is brought to life through hands-on demonstrations and re-enactments. The restored Allen County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, boasts magnificent art glass, exquisite murals and intricately patterned tile floors. Surround yourself with nature at the Botanical Observatory, spark your imagination at Science Central.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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