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
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.