Abrams Foundation Seminar is coming SOON!

July 20th and 21st are coming soon – the Abrams Foundation Seminar at the Michigan Historical Center features nationally-known speaker David Allen Lambert of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society.    Register now here:  Abrams Foundation Seminar Registration

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David Allen Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England.

Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.  Mr. Lambert will speak on Saturday, July 21st.

Many additional workshops are offered on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21st.  Among them are:  On Friday, chose from a genealogy game that will have you checking your knowledge and genealogy skills or a concurrent tour of the Archives of Michigan.  The next session choices are World War I record collections and resources, offered by Rzepczynski of the Archives of Michigan, using city directories for researching your ancestors by Dan Earl, and James Jackson will help you in his session with Putting It All Together as he shares about all of the records that documented a pioneer family traveling west.  The choices for the last sessions on Friday are: Anatomy of Coroner’s Records with Annakathryn Welch from the Archives of Michigan, Finding Records of Your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestor by Tom Koselka, and Dr. James Sims’ discussion about DNA Test Results: What’s Next?.

Saturday, July 21st is Barbara J. Brown Family History Day

Educational programs and family fun activities throughout the Michigan History Center; held concurrently with the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, including an oral history recording booth and genealogical trivia.  As a longtime President of the Abrams Foundation, Barbara Brown’s commitment to family history and generous support helped make the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection the destination collection that it is today.

The morning session features:  Researching New England Vital Records with David Allen Lambert, New England Historic Genealogical Society.  This lecture will cover the vital record resources for each New England State from the Colonial Era through the 20th century Vital Records. The resources of original, microfilm and digitized resources for CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT will be discussed.

Two mini-sessions will feature staff from the Archives of Michigan:  Utilizing the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection with Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan.  In this mini-session, attendees will hear about the many resources available in the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection, one of the larger family history collections in the country. States of particular strength include those with historic ties to Michigan, including the New England region, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.  And Naturalization Records Online! The Archives of Michigan & FamilySearch with Jill Arnold, Archives of Michigan.  The Archives of Michigan and FamilySearch, with assistance from the Michigan Genealogical Council, are partnering to digitize hundreds of thousands of Michigan naturalization records. In this mini-session, come hear about the current status and future plans of the project!

After lunch (you must pre-order lunch if you aren’t bringing your own), we will again hear David Allen Lambert, New England Historic Genealogical Society, talk about Researching Colonial New England Probate Records.  New England Probate records were different in each colony. Learn about the resources and where to find them online from home, or how to best research without visiting the courthouse.

Afternoon sessions include: Voyage to America by Katherine Willson, for the journeys of your immigrant ancestors; Licensed to Work: Professional Registries at the Archives of Michigan with Jill Arnold of the Archives staff; and TB in the Family Tree with Jessica Trotter, discussing the records and sanitoriums for TB (tuberculosis) patients in Michigan.

Detroit or Wayne County ancestors? Join us to learn more!

Do you have Detroit or Wayne County ancestors?

In his program “Finding Records of Your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestor,” Thomas Koselka will explore the available record sets, what information is found in them, why they were created, and where you can find them.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

Tom’s presentation (Session G) is Friday, July 20, 3:30 – 4:30p.

We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!

Want to honor World War I ancestors?

Have questions on finding information on Michigan World War I servicemen?

In his program Over the Top: Researching Your Michigan World War I Ancestors, Kris Rzepczynski will explore the fabulously rich record collections and resources available for Michigan World War I servicemen.

Kris’s presentation (Session C) is Friday, July 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

How much do you know about the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection?

In this mini-session, “Utilizing the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection,” attendees will hear about the many resources available in the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection, one of the larger family history collections in the country. States of particular strength include those with historic ties to Michigan, including the New England region, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Kris’s presentation (Session J) is Saturday, July 21, 11:00 – 11:45 am

Kris Rzepczynski is a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research, Kris has worked in the genealogical community for nearly 20 years. He is a former Vice-President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a Past-President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!

Got DNA? Join Us to Learn More!

I Have a DNA Test Result – What Comes Next?

Dr. Sims sheds light on finding living relatives. Living relatives can be a treasure trove of information, including photos, diaries, bibles and even DNA. Yet identifying and locating living relatives can be a challenge, as the techniques used and records available for 20th and 21st century research are often quite different. Learn how to utilize both online and paper record sources to find those long lost cousins.
Dr. James Sims’ presentation (Session H) is Friday, July 20, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Dr. Sims is a trained professional scientist; Dr. James Sims has more than 20 years of experience as an amateur genealogist working mostly in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States from the British colonial period to the 20th century. He has more than 15 years of experience in genetic genealogy, and currently serves as the volunteer administrator of the Symes DNA project, which is associated with the Family Tree DNA testing company.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!

David Allen Lambert – Researching New England Records

Do you have New England ancestors?
In his program on July 21, 2018 at the Michigan History Center in Lansing,  “Researching New England Vital Records,” David Allen Lambert will explore the vital record resources for each New England state (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT) from the Colonial Era through the 20th century.  His workshop is part of the upcoming Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar July 20-21.

In his program “Researching Colonial New England Probate Records,” David Allen Lambert will discuss New England probate records, their differences in each colony, where to find them online, and how to best research in them without visiting the courthouse.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

David’s presentations are both on Saturday, July 21: New England Vital Records is 9:30 – 11a (Session I) and Colonial New England Probate Records is 1 – 2p (Session L)
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We look forward to seeing youLambert in Lansing!

Anatomy of Coroner’s Records

Do you have an ancestor who died under mysterious circumstances or their cause of death was questioned? If you do then Annakathryn Welch’s session, “Anatomy of Coroner’s Records” is for you! Her session will explore coroner’s records at the Archives of Michigan and dissect the information found in them.

Annakathryn Welch is an Assistant Archivist at the Archives of Michigan where she handles reference inquiries, processes reproduction and permissions requests and works on digitization projects. She is currently a graduate student in the MLIS program at Wayne State University where she is specializing in Archival Administration.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

Annakathryn’s presentation (Session F) is Friday, July 20, 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!

City Directories: Learn from Dan Earl!

Are you struggling to find your ancestors in-between census years?

In his program “City Directories: Not Your Average Phone Book,” Daniel Earl will look at the wealth of family history information that can be found in city directories, where to find them, and how they can help scale that brick wall.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 20-21 and will feature David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event’s information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2018-abrams-foundation-family-…

Dan’s presentation (Session D) is Friday, July 20, 2:00 – 3:00p.
We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!