In partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Genealogical Council is proud to have Diahan Southard as our Fall Event keynote speaker this year, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Registration is open at Diahan Southard Fall MGC Event
Diahan Southard’s DNA interest began as a high school student. This interest led her to attend Brigham Young University and receive a degree in Microbiology. She started her career at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. She is the founder of “Your DNA Guide” (https://www.yourdnaguide.com/) and offers a personalized, interactive experience to DNA interpretation. Ms. Southard is an international, as well as national, speaker on all thing’s DNA. She has written numerous Quick Guides about genetic genealogy. Her articles have appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Genealogy Today, and others. You are sure to learn a lot about DNA at this seminar. Her fun, upbeat way of presentation combined with her vast knowledge presented in an understandable way will leave you with the feeling that you really can understand your DNA results.
8:30 am Complimentary coffee or tea in the lunch area.
9:15 am Introductions and Announcements
9:30 am-10:45 am
Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing (A1) by Diahan Southard
11 am-12:15 am – choice of one
Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins (B1) by Diahan Southard
Beginning Genealogy 101 (B2) by Daniel Earl
Michiganology (B3) by Jill Arnold, Archives of Michigan
12:15 pm-1 pm Lunch
Optional pre-ordered lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company (choices next page) or bring your sack lunch.
1 pm-2:15 pm choice of one
Organizing Your DNA Results (C1) by Diahan Southard
Beginning Genealogy 201 (C2) by Daniel Earl
Michigan County Poor Farms (C3) by Adam Oster, Library of Michigan
2:30 pm-3:45 pm
Connecting Your DNA Matches (D1) by Diahan Southard
3:45 pm-4:00 pm Closing Remarks
More seminar information, including session descriptions and speaker bios, are available at https://mimgc.org.
The Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan are open Saturdays, 10am-4pm (free parking on Saturdays)
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking on-site adjacent to the building.
What can I bring to the event?
You may bring a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or paper to take notes if you wish. Photography and audio or video recording of presentations are prohibited without the advance consent of the presenter.
A sweater or light jacket is recommended due to temperature fluctuations in session rooms throughout the day. Be sure to bring your questions and enthusiasm too!
Will handouts or a syllabus be available?
A link to the downloadable syllabus will be emailed to all attendees the week before the Fall Family History Event. An optional printed paper syllabus is available for $5.00.
Is there a Friday evening lock-in connected with this event?
Yes, there is a lock-in at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Friday evening. Initially, registration is limited to attendees. If space remains the week of the Fall Family History Event, registration will be opened to all. The Archives of Michigan is handling the Lock-In registrations, and the “how-to” information will be included with the confirmation email to attendees.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Only if you are not the registered attendee or did not receive an email confirmation that you are registered.
Can I update my registration information?
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact the Michigan Genealogical Council with any questions via email at email@example.com.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Please advise us before the day of the event if another person will be using your registration. Use firstname.lastname@example.org to contact us with this information.