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!

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!

Listening for Promotion Opportunities

The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids continues today with more great speakers, networking opportunities and opportunities to support membership in our societies!  Opportunities for networking with other states, other genealogical institutions and national speakers, give us unique chances for some very productive outcomes.

Visits to our booth have been full of the great stories that attendees have, and gives us the chance to promote a genealogical society in our state that focuses on their research needs.  Here’s our booth, full of great brochures and handouts – including a promotional card for the Abrams Seminar:  20180504_083809

During the conference, at the presentation of President Rorey Cathcart of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, there were MANY tips for societies to consider in their outreach work.  Rory has moved A LOT in the course of her life – maybe 24 times! – and she talked about how her sense of family (or lack thereof) had created her interest in finding out more about her family.  As she talked about her discovery of genealogical societies, she offered some thoughts about how we could do better in promoting the benefits of membership.  Talking about her frequent moves, she reflected on the ways that societies compile the records that help people like her to find the community records and connections that are so important in a newcomer’s adjustment.  Speaking about the average number of moves of each generation, the topic of Millennials and their unique perspective came up.  They don’t move at the same rate that previous generations have and there is an opportunity for societies to think about ways to engage and support their discovery of genealogy and family stories.  How might your society encourage their involvement?  What projects might they assist with?  As members in our societies age, we need to be continuously recruiting GenXers and Millennials to continue the good work of saving records, documenting our communities and building connections, especially to Rorey’s point, finding a way to reach out to new arrivals in our community to help them discover their connections.

Thank you to the National Genealogical Society for the great learning, networking and discoveries we are all making!  Jan Alpert and her great committee, especially the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, for all of their hard work.  It’s almost “a wrap”, everyone!  Here are Jan and Rorey:20180504_085421

Having fun!