Fall Seminar Session Focus Researching Your Family’s History at the Archives of Michigan

KrisWRzepczynskiResearching Your Family’s History at the Archives of Michigan with Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist, Archives of Michigan. An introduction to the Archives of Michigan, this program will explore the genealogical collections available there, including original source records, published resources, and online tools at Michiganology. Also, learn about the ongoing Michigan naturalization and probate records digitization projects.

Original records are a critical component in researching our family history. Along with the published materials available in the Abrams Collection, these items are available at the Archives of Michigan. Make the most of your visit by preparing ahead of time at https://michigan.gov/archivesofmi.

Saturday, September 18, 2021, and co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Register today! For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Fall Seminar Session Focus Follow the Witnesses

BerniceBennettFollow the Witnesses with Bernice Alexander Bennett will show how following witnesses on documents can reveal the community history.

Checking witnesses is one of the best ways to fill your “reference list” of Friends, Associates, and Neighbors of your ancestor. In most circumstances, if someone served as a witness to an important event in our ancestor’s lives, it means that individual is an important person in that subject’s life. Researching the witness can lead to other events that place our ancestors in a specific place at a particular time. When we leave no stone unturned, we have more details to complete the picture of our family.

September 18, 2021, and co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Register today! For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Fall Seminar Session Focus What can you find with your Library of Michigan Card

Tim Gleisner web squareWhat can you find with your Library of Michigan Card?  With Tim Gleisner, Library of Michigan Special Collections Manager. Learn about resources available to Library of Michigan cardholders for family history research including the Grand Rapids Press historical archives, the Michigan Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Michigan Sanborn maps.

If there can be a bright spot during the pandemic, the Library of Michigan’s online collections that are available to their cardholders. Don’t have a card yet? If you are a Michigan resident, you can get your “virtual card” by visiting https://michigan.gov/librarycard.

The 2021 Michigan Genealogical Council Virtual Fall Family History will be on September 18, 2021, co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Register today! For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Fall Seminar Session Focus Writing and Telling Your Story

BerniceBennettWriting and Telling Your Story with Bernice Alexander Bennett. Do you have a story to tell and don’t know how to write or tell it? This session will explore how you can turn your genealogical research into a compelling and engaging family story.

One of the differences between a beginning genealogist and a family historian is the collection and writing of your family story. While a novice collects names and dates, as our skills increase so do the stories we include in our family history This session will explore techniques to create an interesting, relevant, and captivating story

The 2021 Michigan Genealogical Council Virtual Fall Family History will be on September 18, 2021, co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Early bird registration is open through 11:59 pm on September 6. For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Fall Seminar Session Focus Black Homesteaders at the Crossroads of Freedom

BerniceBennettBlack Homesteaders at the Crossroad of Freedom with Bernice Alexander Bennett will answer these questions: Who were the homesteaders? What is the Homestead Act of 1862? What are the eligibility requirements? What is the application process? and What can you find in the land entry papers?

Utilizing records created if your family filed for a Homestead Act can enhance your family’s story and add rich details about their lives. Filling in the blanks between the dates is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of researching our family history.

The 2021 Michigan Genealogical Council Virtual Fall Family History will be on September 18, 2021, co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Early bird registration is open through 11:59 pm on September 6. For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Fall Seminar Session Focus USCT Civil War Widows Pension Records

BerniceBennettUSCT Civil War Widows Pension Records Tell the Story with Bernice Alexander Bennett will discuss the anatomy of a Civil War Widows Pension file and several examples to illustrate the value of using these records.

Civil War pension records are one of the best sources to trace your family. Once you can identify your Civil War soldier, a widow’s pension application is full of rich content about the marriage of your soldier and proof of military service, complete with the testimony of family, associates, and neighbors.

The 2021 Michigan Genealogical Council Virtual Fall Family History will be September 18, 2021, and is co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan. This year our featured speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett. Once again, this year, the seminar will be held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform.

Early bird registration is open through 11:59 pm on September 6. For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-bernice-alexander-bennett-tickets-165251498681.

Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar is set!! Judy G. Russell is our Featured Speaker!

The Archives of Michigan with MGC support will be hosting their Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar with Judy G. Russell, aka “The Legal Genealogist” on July 9th and 10th, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom this year.

Speaker Bios, program schedule and registration is available at https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148_98951-523785–,00.html .

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an excellent seminar. Judy Russell is one speaker you have to hear. She is fantastic. Early bird registration is now through May 31 for $35 and Registration June 1-July 9 is $45.  

Sunny Morton is Featured Speaker – Fall Family History Event

Sunny Morton is our guest speaker and will present four sessions. The Library and Archives of Michigan will present one session each.

In partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Genealogical Council is proud to have Sunny Morton as our 2020 Virtual Fall Seminar keynote speaker on Saturday, November 14.

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering our seminar virtually this year. That means that you can participate in the sessions from the comfort of your home. No worries about driving, parking, lines at the restroom or at lunchtime.

Registration is required and includes all four sessions with Sunny Morton, one session with the Archives of Michigan, one session with Library of Michigan, and a downloadable syllabus. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-virtual-fall-family-history-seminar-with-sunny-morton-tickets-116868746567?aff=SocialMedia

Speaker, writer, blogger, and editor, Sunny Morton, speaks to genealogical communities throughout the world. Her work includes being a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine and a National Genealogical Society award winning editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She is co-author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, and the quick reference guide, Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites. Sunny is especially known for tracing U.S. ancestors expertise; comparing the industry’s largest websites, and giving presentations on how to reconstruct and tell meaningful stories from the past.

All registrants will receive seminar log-in information and the syllabus link, via email, a few days before the event.

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MGC Fall Seminar – Early Bird Registration Ends October 31st.

Businessman  working with the computerEarly Bird Registration Ends October 31st

Everyone likes to save money and we at MGC are no different. If you want to save $10 off your registration for the 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council’s Fall Family History Event held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI. then you need to get your registration in by 11:59 pm on October 31, 2019.

Complete registration information with class schedule and speaker biographies can be found at the Michigan Genealogical Council website at mimgc.org.

Students Receive Free Registration with I.D.

We invite any student who would like to join us at the 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council’s Fall Family History Event, in partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI. to register for FREE, yes I said FREE.

Students up to the age of 23 with a valid student ID, which must be presented at check-in, may register and there will be no cost to attend the sessions.  Now if you want some grub, you will have to pay for your lunch which is $12 for a sandwich box lunch and $14 for a salad box lunch. The sandwich or salad comes with a bag of chips and a cookie. You are free to brown bag your lunch, if you prefer. Your grub choice is due by October 31 at 11:59 pm.  So, get your order in before you go trick or treating!

Your free registration entitles you to a downloadable syllabus that is emailed to you prior to the event. If you want to go old school and have a printed syllabus, it is available for $5.

Bring a friend or two and join us for an excellent experience.  Sessions will be held on DNA, Beginning Genealogy, Michiganology, and Michigan County Poor Houses(no these weren’t for people who didn’t pay their college loans.)

Complete registration information including schedule, session descriptions, and speaker bio’s is available at mimgc.org or register directly at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-fall-family-history-event-featuring-diahan-southard-tickets-71904683845

Schedule for 2019 MGC 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.

DNA is one of the hottest things in genealogy right now. You won’t want to miss our event where you can take four DNA sessions. If a day of DNA isn’t your thing then check out the other sessions on Beginning Genealogy, Michiganology, and Michigan County Poor Houses.

You won’t want to miss this excellent genealogical education experience, so register before Oct 31, 2019 to get $10 off your registration fee. Registration is available at mimgc.org

Check back often for more in depth information on our speakers and class sessions.

Schedule

9:15am                   Introductions and Announcements

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

11 am-12:15pm       Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins by Diahan Southard

Beginning Genealogy 101 by Daniel Earl

Michiganology by Jill Arnold, Archives of Michigan

12:15pm-1pm         Optional pre-ordered lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company

1pm-2:15pm           Organizing Your DNA Results by Diahan Southard

Beginning Genealogy 201 by Daniel Earl

Poor Houses in Michigan by Adam Oster

3:45pm-4:00pm      Closing Remarks