2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar – DNA 101

Are you interested in learning more about DNA and how to incorporate it into your family history research?

In his program “DNA 101: Beginning DNA Research,” Daniel Earl will explore the different available products, strengths and weaknesses of each, and insight into how to interpret your results.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 12-13 and will feature Tina Beaird, MLIS. 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: https://seekingmichigan.org/…/2019-abrams-foundation-family….

Dan’s presentation (Session D) is Friday, July 12, 2:00 – 3:00p.

Daniel’s interest in genealogy was sparked at age 10 when his dad took him to visit the grave of his great-grandfather. Daniel has a Master’s degree in Psychology, serves as the Vice-President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, Vice-President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society and is the President of the Hungarian Genealogical Society of Michigan. He has spoken across the US and Canada sharing his humor and insights with groups from 2 to 200.

We look forward to seeing you here in Lansing next month!

2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar – Probate Records

Will, Thrill, and Chills: Digging into Probate Records with Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan.

This session will provide an overview of probate records, the different types of records created, including wills, inventories, and calendars, the family history content to be discovered, and where to find them online and onsite.

Kris 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 12-13 and will feature Tina Beaird, MLIS. 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:
https://seekingmichigan.org/…/2019-abrams-foundation-family…

Kris’s presentation (Session C) is Friday, July 12, 2:00p – 3:00p.

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.
We look forward to seeing you here in Lansing in July!

2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar – Have famine-era Irish ancestors?

Do you have Famine-era Irish ancestors?

In her program “Records of New York City’s Emigrant Savings Bank,” Katherine Willson will explore the Emigrant Savings Bank, the types of records kept for borrowers and depositors, what genealogical information is found in them, and where you can locate them.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 12-13 and will feature Tina Beaird, MLIS. 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: https://seekingmichigan.org/…/2019-abrams-foundation-family….

Katherine’s presentation (Session I) is Saturday, July 13, 11:15a – 12:15p.

Katherine serves as the President and Founder of the Virtual Genealogical Association, President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, 2019 Conference Publicity Chair for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

We look forward to seeing you here in Lansing in July!

2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar is coming – July 12 & 13!!!

Welcome to the 2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar hosted by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical CouncilFeaturing Tina Beaird, the Seminar will be held in Lansing on Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13, 2010.

Our Keynote Speaker – Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird is owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is also a genealogy librarian at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, Illinois. She lectures extensively on topics including Scottish genealogy, military research and archival preservation. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as a board directors for the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Northern Illinois Historic League. Tina is also a commissioner for the Illinois WWI Centennial Commission. She has been published in the National Genealogical Society Magazine and TIARA: The Irish Ancestral Research Association Quarterly. Tina has provided research assistance for over fifteen years and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over twenty years.

The Archives of Michigan will be open for research from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
In conjunction with the 2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, the Abrams Seminar Lock-in will be on Friday, July 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center.The Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan will both be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pizza and refreshments, provided by the Archives of Michigan, will be available for registrants from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can register for the Lock-In after registering for the Seminar.  Registration is now live for the 2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar!Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the Seminar offers another terrific lineup of programs and speakers. Session schedules, speaker bios, and registration information can all be found online at Seeking Michigan: http://seekingmichigan.org/…/2019-abrams-foundation-family-…

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!!

2018 Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Seminar

Featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., the MGC Fall Seminar promises to be a rich and full learning opportunity!  Please join us on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michigan Library & Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan.

Colletta photoDr. Colletta, a popular genealogy lecturer for 30 years, has worked at the Library of Congress and taught National Archives programs for 20+ years.  He is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).  He has published key resources and guides for genealogists:  They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record; Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans; Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath; and the Great Course “Discovering Your Roots”.  He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.  Fluent in French, German and Russian, Dr. Colletta’s website provides much more information, so check here for more – http://www.genealogyjohn.com.

You WILL want to register for the day of classes, Dr. Colletta’s lectures – and, if you want a boxed lunch, you MUST register before October 31st!  Register here .

Dr. Colletta’s lectures are:  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”; and Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD!  

Additional lectures are scheduled:  Jessica Trotter, Librarian at Capital Area District Libraries, is presenting Genealogy Road Trip: No, Really, It’s Not All Online!  Randy Riley, State Librarian at the Library of Michigan, shares about Library of Michigan: Rise and Fall and Rise of a Family History/Local History Treasure.  Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, is offering Researching Great Lakes Migration in the Archives of Michigan’s Abrams Genealogy Collection.  From Dan Earl, VP of the MGC, we’ll hear about Going WAYBACK: Using the Internet Archive in Your Research.

REGISTER NOW!!!

Register here .