Why is Fort Wayne, Ind., a family history hot spot? Its Allen County Public Library is a perfect place to trace your roots, no matter where they lie.
Roots researchers reserve the term mecca for Salt Lake City, home of the Family History Library (FHL). But when they describe genealogical nirvana, another destination quickly comes to mind: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Family history isn't merely a hobby in this Midwestern metropolis, it's a top tourist attraction. Nearly 110,000 people from all over the country — and around the world — travel here each year just to trace their roots.