Register now for the Fall Family History Event

Register now for the Fall Family History Event

2019 Michigan Genealogical Council’s Fall Family History Event, in partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI.

Diahan Southard

Our speaker this year is Diahan Southard who will present four session on DNA. Ms. Southard has a degree in Microbiology, and she understands all things DNA.  She worked for Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and is the founder of “Your DNA Guide.” (https://www.yourdnaguide.com/)

You will learn a lot about DNA with Ms. Southard. Her programs are understandable, fun, and upbeat. You will leave the session feeling that you really do understand DNA.

The four sessions, which will be explored in a future blog post, are:

  • Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
  • Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins
  • Organizing Your DNA Results
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches

Other sessions offered at the Fall Family History Event are on Beginning Genealogy, Michiganology, and Poor Houses in Michigan.

Registration options are by mail, or online. All registration information can be found on Michigan Genealogical Council’s website mimgc.org.  There are multiple options for registering.

  • Early bird registration closes at 11:59 pm, October 31, 2019. The cost is $50, a savings of $10.
  • Regular registration after October 31, and for walk in’s the day of, costs $60.
  • A downloadable syllabus is included with all registrations and emailed to registrants prior to the event. An optional printed syllabus is available for an additional $5.
  • Free admission for students up to age 23, with a valid student ID, presented at check in, is available. Students are charged the cost of lunch, if they wish to order one. Also, if they wish a printed syllabus, the cost is $5.

We hope to see you there.

NEW Michigan Pioneer Certificate Programs

New Pioneer Certificate Programs – Two New Programs Celebrate First Families and Family in Michigan Pre-Statehood

Michigan Genealogical Council has updated the Pioneer Certificate program. The new committee of Kim Smith, Barbara Curtindale and Chelsea Johnson believe this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, honor and preserve the history of your Michigan ancestors.

The ultimate goal is to encourage the documentation of Michigan’s earliest residents by using the best sources available and promote our research repositories and resources: Archive of Michigan, Library of Michigan, local libraries and archives.

Two categories are offered at the nominal fee of $25.00 per certificate: Pre-Statehood (before January 26, 1837) and First Families (January 26, 1837-December 31, 1880). Each certificate is custom designed with comes with a corresponding lapel pin.

The Pioneer Certificate application and a promotional brochure is available to download on our website: https://mimgc.org/

Kim Smith, Pioneer Certificate Chair

DNA Is Focus of Fall Family History Event

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DNA is a hot topic in the world of genealogy. Many people have tested and are wondering what to do with all the DNA testing results. Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) is here to help! Well, Diahan Southard, is here to help.

The 2019 MGC Fall Family History Event will be held on Saturday, November 9, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI. MGC in partnership with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan will feature Diahan Southard.  Ms. Southard’s DNA interest began as a high school student. This interest led to her receive a degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University. She started her career at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.  Ms. Southard is the founder of “Your DNA Guide” (https://yourdnaguide.com/). Her presentations offer a personalized, interactive experience to DNA interpretation. Ms. Southard has
spoken across the United States and internationally. You are sure to learn a lot about DNA with Ms. Southard’s fun, upbeat way of presentation. Her knowledge of the subject will amaze attendees.

Ms. Southard will present four DNA sessions at the event: 1) Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing 2) Me and My 1,000+ 4th Cousins 3) Organizing Your DNA Results and 4) Connecting Your DNA Matches. In addition, two Beginning Genealogy classes will be offered. This would be a great time to invite those who want to learn more about conducting family history research. The event is rounded out by a session on Michiganology, the Archives of Michigan new online portal; and Michigan County
Poor Houses.

In addition to Diahan Southard, speakers will be Daniel Earl, Archives of Michigan’s Jill Arnold, and Library of Michigan’s Adam Oster.

Registration is available now.  Please visit the MGC website mimgc.org for session descriptions, speaker biographies, and registration options. Attendees may register online or via postal mail. Free registration is offered to students, with a valid student ID, presented at check in. Registering by October 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm will save you $10. Early bird registration is $50; regular registration is $60. An optional lunch is available for an additional cost. All registrants will receive by email a downloadable syllabus. If you prefer a paper copy, one is available for $5. All this information and more can be found on the registration forms.

If you have any questions, please email MGC President, Brenda Leyndyke, at President@mimgc.org

Lock-In Offered to MGC Fall Family History Event Attendees

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The Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, in partnership with Michigan Genealogical Council, are pleased to announce a Lock-In, a free event to be held November 8, 2019 from 6p-10p. The lock-in will be held on Friday night at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI. Currently, individuals can register for the Lock-In after registering for the 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event, being held Saturday, November 9. The Archives of Michigan is handling the Lock-In registrations, and the instructions, including how to sign up for the lock-in, will be sent with your registration confirmation. If spots are still available, registration will be open to the general public on Monday, November 4th.

The Archives and the Library will be open to Lock-In registrants from 6p-10p. Pizza and refreshments will be available to registrants from 5p-6p.

More information can be found at mimgc.org.

2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar – Homestead Land Records & WW1 Records

Did your ancestors have Homestead land? Do you have a World War I veteran in your family tree? Do you have Illinois roots?

Tina Beaird will explore all of those enriching topics in 3 different programs during the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar. In “Free Land: Homesteading on the Frontier,” Tina will discuss original homestead claims, the information found in these land records, and how to access them. In “Recreating the Great War: Finding Military Service Information for Your WWI Veteran,” Tina will offer ways to locate copies of peripheral federal military records in the absence of the burned service records and provide solutions for recreating some of the lost history by using local government documents, newspapers, base records and more. Finally, in “Illinois Digital Resources,” Tina will explore a number of Illinois websites for finding those Land of Lincoln ancestors, including CARLI and IDA, and how to find maps, newspapers, phone books, company magazines, yearbooks and more.

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 12-13 and will feature Tina Beaird, MLIS. 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: https://seekingmichigan.org/…/2019-abrams-foundation-family….

Tina’s 3 presentations are on Friday (Session F, 3:30-4:30p), July 12 and Saturday (Session G, 9:30-11a; Session K, 1-2p) July 13.

We look forward to seeing you here in Lansing in a few weeks!

Fall Seminar Provides Additional Speakers with John Philip Colletta

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While John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. is the nationally-recognized speaker that is coming for the November 3, 2018 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) seminar at the Library of Michigan, there are other speakers ALSO offering great information for Michigan family historians.

Dr. Colletta is offering four sessions:

  • 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”
  • Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD

AND some other great Michigan-based researchers are presenting!  Here’s the schedule for the day:

SCHEDULE
9:15 am Introductions and Announcements

9:30 am – 10:45 am Finding the Town of Origin: U.S. Sources for Discovering an Ancestor’s Native Town Overseas (A1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm (choose 1)

Lesser Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives (B1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Genealogy Road Trip: No, Really, It’s Not All Online! (B2) by Jessica Trotter, Librarian at Capital Area District Libraries

Library of Michigan: Rise and Fall and Rise of a Family History/Local History Treasure (B3) by Randy Riley, State Librarian at the Library of Michigan

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Enjoy your optional pre-ordered lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company or bring a sack lunch.

1:00 pm – 2:15pm (choose 1)

The County Courthouse: Your “Trunk in the Attic (C1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Researching Great Lakes Migration in the Archives of Michigan’s Abrams Genealogy Collection (C2) by Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan

Going WAYBACK: Using the Internet Archive in Your Research (C3) by Daniel Earl, Vice- President of Michigan Genealogical Council

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD! (D1) by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Please register in advance (and you MUST register by October 31 for the boxed lunch) here!!

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 .

 

Strengthening Our Societies Workshop – Recap, Video and Handouts are ONLINE!

While it was back in June that MGC hosted a well-attended workshop at the Pinckney Community Public Library, the recent MGC Newsletter has been shared and perhaps you haven’t seen it – but the content of the workshop and a video are available.  Your society will benefit from the knowledgeable ideas and content of this meeting!  While a panel spoke to specific questions, the video shares the detail of the discussion with an engaged audience of society members from across the state.  Societies are identified so that you can reach out to them for more information.

MembershipPanelThe newsletter can be found posted on the Michigan Genealogical Council’s website at https://mimgc.org/ where you can download the entire 22-page document with information about this June session and the questions that framed the discussion.  While there isn’t a video of the morning session (due to technical challenges), the afternoon’s session IS available at the “Member Societies log in” area – the video is posted as are the handouts from Jen Baldwin (from July21, 2017) on “Engaging Your Long-Distance Members” and Amy Johnson Crow (from July 9, 2016) on “How to Keep Your Volunteers Happy, Helpful and Engaged”.  Great resources for your society!

John Philip Colletta is coming November 3rd!

ColettaPromoThe Michigan Genealogical Council is pleased to announce that nationally known speaker and author John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. is the keynote presenter for the next Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event!!  Co-Hosted by the Archives of Michigan, at the Michigan History Center (702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing), the event runs all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Check our Facebook information page (https://www.facebook.com/events/422461818248460/?active_tab=discussion) and our on-going organization page (https://www.facebook.com/michiganmgc/ ) for more information and registration.

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!!