from Paula Stuart Warren, CG
Never been to a research place before? Did you check for a website to learn where to park, see if the catalog or other finding aids are online, or learn if there are tours or classes about using that facility? On location, look for signs about tours, classes, or a video. At the very least, give yourself a tour.
As I write this, I am sitting in the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I havenâ€™t been here since last September. A self-tour was top on my list of tasks for the day. I wanted to refresh my memory about where specific things were located. Next on my list was browsing the labels on the microfilm cabinets; I found a collection I didnâ€™t know was here.