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Updated: 11 November 2012



Michigan Genealogical Council
2012 Fall Seminar

Thank you to all the speakers, attendees, seminar volunteers, and the Archives of Michigan staff for a fantastic day!

The Michigan Genealogical Council
& The Archives of Michigan
are pleased to present:

Shirley Gage Hodges
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Michigan Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, Michigan

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Shirely Hodges
Featured Speaker
Shirley Gage Hodges
Shirley Gage Hodges 
Session A1
9:40 – 10:40
Using Township Records
Township records can be a genealogical gold mine. They might provide details of the lives of our ancestors. We need to learn more about these records and where we can find them. These records have been stored in township halls for many years and are just waiting to be discovered.
Diane Oslund 
Session B2
11:00 – 12:00
Family Trees - Fact or Fiction?
Get tips on how to view a family tree you found on the internet. How much can you believe, or should you discount it out of hand? Get tips on ways to evaluate that information. You'd be surprised how much ‘common sense’ can help.
Lori Fox 
Session B3
11:00 – 12:00
What Did Grandma Do?
Karen Jania
Session B4
11:00 – 12:00
Genealogical Treasures at the Bently Historical Library
Shirley Gage Hodges 
Session C5
1:00 – 2:00
Tiptoeing Thru the Tombstones
There is a wealth of information to be gleaned from cemetery research. There is no end to the fascinating details you can find on early gravestones. They're peeks into history, glimpses into a bygone era brought to life by the inscriptions that we find on tombstones.
William Ruddock 
Session C6
1:00 – 2:00
New York State Genealogy
The New York Genealogy presentation will focus on the various records and approaches available to research our New York Ancestors.  The opening of the Erie Canal opened the way for easy migration from New York to Michigan.   Many of Michigan's families  can trace their ancestry to New York State, even if earlier generations came from Europe or New England.
Ceil Wendt-Jensen
Session C7
1:00 – 2:00
The Peasant and the Palace: Researching Manor Records in Europe
The session demonstrates how to research ancestors' lives as workers on a manorial estate. The Manorial system was the organization of the rural economy and society throughout Europe. The Manorial system was the organization of the rural economy and society throughout Europe. The manorial system prevailed in France, England, Germany, Spain, and Italy and far into Eastern Europe. Records, maps and histories of the manors help family historians expand their knowledge of their ancestors. The session concludes with a survey of available European records and practical guidance to the repositories.
Jessica Miller
Session D8
2:15 – 3:15
Seeking Ancestors with Seeking Michigan and Other Online Resources
Seeking Ancestors with Seeking Michigan and Other Online Resources will focus on Michigan records and include live demonstrations of death record and state census record searches, as well as a discussion of general search strategies. It will also touch on using online indexes, guides, and catalogs to prepare for visits to the Archives of Michigan.
Peggy Brumbaugh
Session D9
2:15 – 3:15
Deciphering Early Handwriting
Deciphering Old Handwriting looks at examples of how letters, numbers, and abbreviations were made from colonial times to the civil war era with an emphasis on writing tools, cultural influence, and tips to help you decipher that seemingly unreadable document.
William Atkinson
Session D10
2:15 – 3:15
What's in Your Grandfather's Trunk?
Archives staff
Session E11
3:30 – 4:30
Tour of Archives
Get a behind the scenes look at how the Archives of Michigan preserves irreplaceable Michigan documents and artifacts for future generations.
James Jackson
Session E12
3:30 – 4:30
Getting Around the Brick–wall
We all reach the end of the trail on some of our branches. As Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up!" By trying variant spellings, little used sources, and having just a little luck, you may break through that wall. How about really analyzing the sources you already have? There may be hidden clues there. Don't forget boundary changes through the years – are you really looking in the right place? And don't overlook finding aids and resources that are available for free on the internet.
David Irwin
Session E13
3:30 – 4:30
Scots-Irish Migrations to Canada and the USA
Details who the Scots-Irish are and their beginnings in the Lowlands of Scotland from about 1600 to their first migration to Ulster and their life in the North of Ireland. Since there has already been a great deal of information regarding the Scots-Irish migration to America in the early and mid 1700's this lecture covers an area that hasn't been covered very much in that it deals with the Scots-Irish migration from Ulster to America after the revolution in the 1790's and to Canada from about 1830-1870 and their settlement in Ontario especially in Kent County. It also deals with migrations of Scots-Irish to the USA during their peak immigration decade which was actually in the 1880's and a focus on those that settled in Michigan especially in the thumb area (Tuscola County, etc.).

The Archives of Michigan will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.
If you do not wish to attend any of the sessions and research at the Archives, there is no charge.
Reminder: The Library of Michigan is no longer open on Saturdays. 

The following registration options are availiable:
Registration is $45.00
An optional box lunch is available for an additional $7.50.

Electronic registration via EventBrite.
Printable information and mail in registration.

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