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.

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 .

 

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.

Exciting Events Planned this Summer & Fall!

Seminar ImageThere are three events that you will want to let your membership know about and MGC is pleased to help you get the word out.
First, Michigan Genealogical Council will be holding a one-day workshop, Saturday, June 16th at the Pinckney Community Public Library, 125 Putnam Street, Pickney, MI 48169.  The Livingston County Genealogical Society will be the hosts for this one-day event that will feature help with finding volunteers and board members, growing society membership and outreach opportunities.  More information will be coming soon.
Next, the 2018 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held on July 20th and 21st at the Michigan History Center, Lansing, Michigan.  Registration is available at SeekingMichigan.org  The July Delegate meeting will be held in the morning of July 20th.
The keynote speaker will be David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Lambert will be speaking on Researching New England Vital Records and Researching Colonial New England Probate Records.

Other presenters include Kris Rzepczynski, Daniel Earl, James Jackson, Annakathryn Welch, Thomas Koselka, Jill Arnold, Dr. James Sims, Katherine Willson and Jessica Trotter.  A complete list of sessions is available at Seeking Michigan.

In addition to the Saturday sessions there will be the first Barbara J. Brown Family History Day featuring 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.  The Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan will also be holding a lock in Friday, July 20th.

 For more information and registration, please visit SeekingMichigan.org

And finally, MGC is happy to announce the speaker for the MGC Fall Seminar, held on November 3, 2018 – our speaker will be John Philip Colletta!    For his biography, please see his website at http://www.genealogyjohn.com/html/about.htm.  More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Please share the above information with your society members.  Please save the dates – we’ll hope to see you there.  Information about these events is also posted on the Michigan Genealogical Council’s Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/michiganmgc/

Great NGS Conference – 2018 Was A Success

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With 2,341 participants at the National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference, the event was a HUGE success!  What a great event!

Those of us that attended enjoyed interesting speakers, a rousing and engaged Society Night, entertaining keynote speakers, and a vendor hall that was busy and very full most of the time.  The Michigan Genealogical Council’s booth had many visitors, obtaining information about the many societies throughout the state, and some of our societies had booths throughout the event – an opportunity to talk with potential members, sell publications and hear stories from enthusiastic family historians!

Congratulations to the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, the HUGE force of volunteers who helped everyone get around the DeVos Convention Center and Amway Grand Hotel, Jan Alpert and the great team of leaders who stepped up and worked hard to support the conference.  A good time was had by all!!!

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!

NGS 2018 Family History Conference Underway!

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The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference is now happening!  The area around the check in/registration area has been busy since noon, and genealogists are taking over Grand Rapids … well, maybe not “taking over”, but we are flowing in for the first national genealogical conference in Michigan!

The benefit to genealogical societies – and especially all of us in Michigan – is the powerful networking opportunities with other societies across the state, those attending from societies around the United States and Canada (there ARE people here from across the Atlantic, but not representing any society), and the chance to find out how others are working to program the best presentations and information for their membership.

Talking with a number of society leaders (a secretary, a vice president and a treasurer) today over lunch, the conversation about how to encourage membership was the big topic.  Two of these societies create value by having a “members only” section on their website and have generated special benefits from membership – a reduced price for purchases from a genealogical book seller, special copying rates at local FedEx locations.  Posting research materials, presentation handouts and Power Point slides on the Member area provided value to members that aren’t able to attend meetings.  One of these societies has gone to a digital-only copy of its quarterly, to save on costs, and this too is on the “member-only” portion of the website.

Networking with genealogists with such diverse research interests here at the NGS Conference also means that societies can research, hear and talk with presenters offering high-quality lectures and research strategies, and obtain information about the possibility of inviting them to their society meetings or “lock ins” – it takes the guesswork out of finding good speakers for monthly meetings!  If noone from your society is here in Grand Rapids, livestreaming is possible – the NGS website has information here:  https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/live-streaming-information/ 

There is also the opportunity to obtain copies of the audio/video content of the conference, if that would help with screening potential speakers.  The NGS has special pricing during the conference:  NGS 2018 Conference Playback

While it is just beginning, the opportunities are already appearing!  How could your society take advantage of this national event?