Register now for the Fall Family History Event

2019 Michigan Genealogical Council’s Fall Family History Event, in partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI.

Diahan SouthardOur speaker this year is Diahan Southard who will present four sessions on DNA. Ms. Southard has a degree in Microbiology, and she understands all things DNA.  She worked for Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and is the founder of “Your DNA Guide.” (https://www.yourdnaguide.com/)

You will learn a lot about DNA with Ms. Southard. Her programs are understandable, fun, and upbeat. You will leave the session feeling that you really do understand DNA.

The four sessions, which will be explored in a future blog post, are:

  • Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
  • Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins
  • Organizing Your DNA Results
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches

Other sessions offered at the Fall Family History Event are on Beginning Genealogy, Michiganology, and Poor Houses in Michigan.

Registration options are by mail, or online. All registration information can be found on Michigan Genealogical Council’s website mimgc.org.  There are multiple options for registering.

  • Early bird registration closes at 11:59 pm, October 31, 2019. The cost is $50, a savings of $10.
  • Regular registration after October 31, and for walk in’s the day of, costs $60.
  • A downloadable syllabus is included with all registrations and emailed to registrants prior to the event. An optional printed syllabus is available for an additional $5.
  • Free admission for students up to age 23, with a valid student ID, presented at check in, is available. Students are charged the cost of lunch, if they wish to order one. Also, if they wish a printed syllabus, the cost is $5.

We hope to see you there.

Diahan Southard is Fall Event’s Keynote in November!

In partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Genealogical Council is proud to have Diahan Southard as our Fall Event keynote speaker this year, on Saturday, November 9, 2019.  Registration is open at Diahan Southard Fall MGC EventDiahan Southard

Diahan Southard’s DNA interest began as a high school student. This interest led her to attend Brigham Young University and receive a degree in Microbiology. She started her career at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. She is the founder of “Your DNA Guide” (https://www.yourdnaguide.com/) and offers a personalized, interactive experience to DNA interpretation. Ms. Southard is an international, as well as national, speaker on all thing’s DNA. She has written numerous Quick Guides about genetic genealogy. Her articles have appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Genealogy Today, and others. You are sure to learn a lot about DNA at this seminar. Her fun, upbeat way of presentation combined with her vast knowledge presented in an understandable way will leave you with the feeling that you really can understand your DNA results.

8:30 am Complimentary coffee or tea in the lunch area.

9:15 am Introductions and Announcements

9:30 am-10:45 am
Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing (A1) by Diahan Southard

11 am-12:15 am – choice of one
Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins (B1) by Diahan Southard
Beginning Genealogy 101 (B2) by Daniel Earl
Michiganology (B3) by Jill Arnold, Archives of Michigan

12:15 pm-1 pm Lunch
Optional pre-ordered lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company (choices next page) or bring your sack lunch.

1 pm-2:15 pm choice of one
Organizing Your DNA Results (C1) by Diahan Southard
Beginning Genealogy 201 (C2) by Daniel Earl
Michigan County Poor Farms (C3) by Adam Oster, Library of Michigan

2:30 pm-3:45 pm
Connecting Your DNA Matches (D1) by Diahan Southard

3:45 pm-4:00 pm Closing Remarks

More seminar information, including session descriptions and speaker bios, are available at https://mimgc.org.

The Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan are open Saturdays, 10am-4pm (free parking on Saturdays)

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking on-site adjacent to the building.

What can I bring to the event?
You may bring a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or paper to take notes if you wish. Photography and audio or video recording of presentations are prohibited without the advance consent of the presenter.

A sweater or light jacket is recommended due to temperature fluctuations in session rooms throughout the day. Be sure to bring your questions and enthusiasm too!

Will handouts or a syllabus be available?
A link to the downloadable syllabus will be emailed to all attendees the week before the Fall Family History Event. An optional printed paper syllabus is available for $5.00.

Is there a Friday evening lock-in connected with this event?
Yes, there is a lock-in at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Friday evening. Initially, registration is limited to attendees. If space remains the week of the Fall Family History Event, registration will be opened to all. The Archives of Michigan is handling the Lock-In registrations, and the “how-to” information will be included with the confirmation email to attendees.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Only if you are not the registered attendee or did not receive an email confirmation that you are registered.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact the Michigan Genealogical Council with any questions via email at seminar@mimgc.org.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Please advise us before the day of the event if another person will be using your registration. Use seminar@mimgc.org to contact us with this information.

 

Date And Time

Sat, November 9, 2019

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Location

Michigan Library and Historical Center

702 West Kalamazoo Street

Lansing, MI 48912

 

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.

Benzie Area Genealogical Society hosts MGC for September 12th board and delegate meeting

Please join the MGC board and other delegates at our Thursday, September 12, 11 am meeting. It will be held at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, 132 Coast Guard Rd, Frankfort, MI 49635.  Limited parking is available at the Art Center and I would encourage you to let those with mobility issues park the closest. Other parking is available a short distance from the meeting place.
Our program will be “The Royal Frontenac Hotel History in Frankfort, MI” by Andrew Bolander.  The Royal Frontenac rivaled the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel in its day.  Benzie Area Genealogical Society will be our host for this meeting.
Please find attached the agenda and meeting minutes from our July meeting.
SeekingMichigan.org migrated to Michiganology.org on September 1st.  You will be redirected in the coming weeks but be sure to bookmark the new website. The good news is that the 1943 Michigan Death Certificates are available on Michiganology.  Thank you to the Archives of Michigan staff for all the behind the scenes work that was needed to make this the premiere online research resource for Michigan records.
The MGC Fall newsletter will be coming out soon. The deadline for submissions is September 15th. If your society has anything they would like considered for the newsletter, please send it to Carolyn Haines, hainesw@msu.edu before the 15th.
MGC’s 2019 Fall Family History Event will be held Saturday, November 9th. Our speaker will be Diahan Southard. She will be speaking on DNA, other speakers will include Dan Earl, who will be presenting two programs on Beginning Genealogy, Adam Oster on Poor Houses in Michigan, and an Archives of Michigan speaker, to be determined.  More information will be available on mimgc.org and Michiganology.org soon.  I will send a separate email with more information once registration is live.
Our September meeting is our Out of Lansing meeting.  MGC tries to move our September meeting around the state to give those who can’t travel to Lansing a change to attend. If your society would like to host the September 10, 2020 out of Lansing meeting, please let me know.
I am looking forward to a great meeting on the 12th, I hope you can make it.
Sincerely,
Brenda Leyndyke, President

Turn the PAGE!!

 

The Fall Seminar at the Library of Michigan/Archives of Michigan in Lansing was a resounding success!  It was a packed room for the opening and closing sessions that John Philip Colletta provided, with 174 in attendance, filling the Forum!  In the lower middle picture, there were still seats left but within minutes the lower right photo showed that the room began to fill quickly – if there was an empty seat, it was hard to find!

With four workshops, Dr. Colletta led us through case studies, stories of his ancestors or others he had researched, and he gave us much to think about and learn.  A classically fun moment was when John said “You paid $50 for today?  Here’s the Colletta tip for today …. TURN THE PAGE!”  We all roared, but he was right!  He gave example after example of ancestors found through persistence, using multiple record sources and being targeted on our goal – finding an illusive ancestor.

There were great responses to workshops by Kris Rzepczynski (Senior Archivist, Archives of Michigan), Randy Riley (State Librarian, Library of Michigan), Jessica Trotter (Capital Area District Libraries) and Dan Earl (Vice President of MGC) as attendees learned about Great Lakes migration, the ups/downs of the Library, traveling to do genealogical research, and using Internet Archive.  Lunch provided opportunities for networking across the state and learning from each others’ experiences and discoveries.

Dr. Colletta has a long history of book writing, research and speaking, with a display about his Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy” series promotion shared with attendees wanting more from John’s expertise and knowledge.  Watch for sales!20181103_104042

After a well-attended “lock in” on Friday night and a full day on Saturday, happy family historians were still sharing what research they wanted to do next – all the way to the parking lot!

Don’t forget – TURN THE PAGE!  Thanks to Dr. Colletta, Randy Riley, Kris Rzepczynski, Jessica Trotter and Dan Earl for a great day of learning.

Fall Seminar Provides Additional Speakers with John Philip Colletta

Michigan History Center

While John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. is the nationally-recognized speaker that is coming for the November 3, 2018 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) seminar at the Library of Michigan, there are other speakers ALSO offering great information for Michigan family historians.

Dr. Colletta is offering four sessions:

  • Finding the Town of Origin: U.S. Sources for Discovering an Ancestor’s Native Town Overseas
  • Lesser Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives
  • The County Courthouse: Your “Trunk in the Attic”
  • Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD

AND some other great Michigan-based researchers are presenting!  Here’s the schedule for the day:

SCHEDULE
9:15 am Introductions and Announcements

9:30 am – 10:45 am Finding the Town of Origin: U.S. Sources for Discovering an Ancestor’s Native Town Overseas (A1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm (choose 1)

Lesser Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives (B1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Genealogy Road Trip: No, Really, It’s Not All Online! (B2) by Jessica Trotter, Librarian at Capital Area District Libraries

Library of Michigan: Rise and Fall and Rise of a Family History/Local History Treasure (B3) by Randy Riley, State Librarian at the Library of Michigan

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Enjoy your optional pre-ordered lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company or bring a sack lunch.

1:00 pm – 2:15pm (choose 1)

The County Courthouse: Your “Trunk in the Attic (C1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Researching Great Lakes Migration in the Archives of Michigan’s Abrams Genealogy Collection (C2) by Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan

Going WAYBACK: Using the Internet Archive in Your Research (C3) by Daniel Earl, Vice- President of Michigan Genealogical Council

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD! (D1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Please register in advance (and you MUST register by October 31 for the boxed lunch) here!!

John Philip Colletta is coming November 3rd!

ColettaPromoThe Michigan Genealogical Council is pleased to announce that nationally known speaker and author John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. is the keynote presenter for the next Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event!!  Co-Hosted by the Archives of Michigan, at the Michigan History Center (702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing), the event runs all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Check our Facebook information page (https://www.facebook.com/events/422461818248460/?active_tab=discussion) and our on-going organization page (https://www.facebook.com/michiganmgc/ ) for more information and registration.

Abrams Foundation Seminar Success!

July 20 – the FIRST of two days of learning, networking and fun!  The crowd was big, engaged, enthusiastic and the two days of learning kept everyone moving!  Opening sessions on Friday included the “Breakout” game (yes, everyone got out before time was called) and a tour of the Archives of Michigan, including the opportunity to go into the vault.

Sessions on the first day included Kris Rzepczynski sharing about Michigan World War I research, Dan Earl on city directories, and James Jackson on “Putting It All Together”.  Here’s Kris presenting:

KrisMakingIntrosSwitching it up, the late afternoon sessions were Annakathryn Welch’s presentation on Coroner records, Tom Koselka on the records of Detroit & Wayne County, and Dr. James Sims discussing DNA research.

Then time to research (we ARE genealogists, after all, right??!):  After pizza and a lot of networking, the Library and Archives were locked down for the night and everyone was busy until 10 p.m. doing research.  Even Keynote Speaker and special guest David Allen Lambert, researching his Mason County ancestors, was finding what they needed!  A scene from the busy Reading Room of the Archives of Michigan – thank you to Kris Rzepczynski for this picture!

LockIn Pic

July 21:  The next morning included some great information, special people and recognition of a key woman – Barbara Brown was honored as we began the day.

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And we had the great pleasure to welcome Barbara’s family members as we opened the day – shown here:  Kyle Abbott, Sophia Patzer, and Tiffany Patzer honoring their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.Brown3Gen

And then what we all came for – David Allen Lambert and his presentations, filling the day with information about researching in New England records.  When David asked for a show of hands of audience members with New England ancestors, virtually the entire room had their hands up!  Here’s the crowd attending (thank you to Katherine Willson for this picture):

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David’s first presentation was on New England vital records.

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Then the group split up to learn from Archives staff – Kris Rzepczynski sharing about the Abrams Collection and Jill Arnold about the Michigan Naturalization indexing process (are you helping?!).  David Allen Lambert shared again on New England probate records, leading to the final sessions of the day.  President Katherine Willson discussed our ancestors’ “Voyage to America”, while Jill Arnold shared about resources at the Archives about occupational registrations and Jessica Trotter talked about records for our ancestors’ records when they were fighting tuberculosis and the facilities that worked to heal them.

At the end of the day, a group of happy genealogists, researchers and Archives of Michigan staff agreed that it was another success!  Congratulations to all – AND don’t forget that David Allen Lambert is looking for his Mason County ancestors, so keep your eyes out for records he may not know about!  We’re claiming him as a Michigander!!