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.