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!