6/26/1997 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
June 26, 1997

Parents of Joshua Bowen

BOWEN--Who are the parents of Joshua Bowen, born in 1802 in North Carolina, who shows up in White County by 1840? Would like to correspond with anyone researching BOWEN.
Mrs. Nora Rinehart,
8452 W. County Road 300 N.,
Merom, IN 47861-8021.

The above-mentioned inquirer is a determined researcher who recently had the good fortune to go back three generations in Germany on the MATZ line. In Germany, the name is MERZ. The Catholic Church over there had records for her. Also, the Lutheran Church sent her two generations more on her KERN line. In her case, arm-chair genealogy paid off, as she had only to write two letters to come up with all this new information.

Last week I took a "busman's holiday" and went to Fort Wayne to do genealogy at the Allen County Library, which is now classed as the second best genealogy library in the U.S. While there, I attended a seminar at Saint Francis College. Other genealogists at the seminar were from Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Wisconsin. Allen County Library subscribes to over 4,000 genealogical magazines and newsletters and is increasing its genealogy books at the rate of 1,000 per month. Despite the mind-boggling amount of material available, I was not able to find anything new on any of my family lines. Those of you who have researched at large libraries know one generally has to rent a locker to keep materials in and is allowed to take only paper and pencil into the actual research area. This library was a welcome change in that one could carry in notebooks, briefcases or whatever and could write with ink. If one needed to leave, one could leave a stack of books at his desk and make a notation to save the seat. Altogether, it was a most pleasant place in which to do research.

Many of us in White County think our immigrant BROWN ancestor was John BRAUN, who came into this country from Germany about 1750. Just out of curiosity, I looked at the volumes showing immigrants and where they landed. There were between 1,500 and 2,000 John Browns who came here in the mid-1700s. No wonder we can't figure out which one is our John Brown!

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