In this episode, I talk with Curt Witcher, the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His work includes leading The Genealogy Center, which is a world-class research center for family and local history research.In this interview, Curt and I discuss general research strategies in using the Center’s collections and resources. As well as the benefits and shortcoming in using internet databases and other digital resources. This useful conversation included Curt’s hearty invitation for researchers to make use of the library’s holding and to consult with his dedicated team of librarians, genealogists and assistants, who have a strong public service ethic.
Curt Witcher is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a past chair of the association’s History Section, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He was honored in May of 2007 with the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship.