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!

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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!!

Naturalization Records & Professional Registries

Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:00-11:45
K. Naturalization Records Online! The Archives of Michigan & FamilySearch

Are you waiting with baited breath for the release of the digitized naturalization records on SeekingMichigan.org? Join Jill Arnold for a current status and the future plans for this project.  The Archives of Michigan and FamilySearch, with assistance from the Michigan Genealogical Council, are partnering to digitize hundreds of thousands of Michigan naturalization records.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
2:30-3:30
N. Licensed to Work: Professional Registries at the Archives of Michigan

Professions over the years have required a person in that profession to register or perhaps take a test to be able to enter the business. Government agencies have at different times required members of certain occupational fields to register, ranging from barbers and doctors to boxers and drugless healers. Jill Arnold will review how to determine an occupation for an individual, identify collections of interest within the Archives of Michigan, and review what kinds of family history information are held within these registries.

Jill Arnold is one of the Archivists frequently helping researchers in the Reading Room. She is a Digital Engagement Archivist with the Archives of Michigan. She works to engage a variety of audiences with Seeking Michigan (seekingmichigan.org), the online platform of the Archives of Michigan. Jill earned a Master of Science in Information with a specialization of Library & Information Science as well as Archives & Records Management from the University of Michigan.

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-…

Jill Arnold’s presentations: Saturday, July 21, 2018, Session K 11:00-11:45 and Session N 2:30-3:30.
We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!

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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