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I had the excellent fortune of meeting Dallan a number of years ago when in the Salt Lake area for the Computerized Family History and Genealogy conference and as a part of the FamilySearch Advisory Team. As manager of the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center where I have worked for nearly three decades, I am quite excited about the collaboration between our library and the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy which Dallan and his wife, Solveig, founded.

I am fairly involved in library activities that deal with genealogy and family history, and in genealogical societies. I am a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a past chair of the association’s History Section, and the current convener of the association’s Genealogy and Local History Discussion Forum. I have served as president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and was founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society, still serving on that board.

I write for both the Federation’s quarterly publication, “FORUM” and “Ancestry Magazine.” I also write columns for our Genealogy Center’s “Genealogy Gems” monthly e-zine and penned a work on African American genealogy at the turn of the century. I’ve enjoyed participating in major indexing projects such as the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System and the “Periodical Source Index,” available through and

If I could find the 25th hour of the day, I could actually do some of my own family history research. If you happen to find the 25th first, please email it directly to me--I claimed it years ago!

Curt Witcher