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Michigan Genealogical Council
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Updated: 30 October 2011

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2011 Family History Month Workshop

Thank you to all the speakers, Arvhives of Michigan staff, MGC volunteer helpers and attendees who made the 2011 Family History Month Workshop possible.

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

Pamela J. Cooper
Saturday, October 29, 2011
9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Michigan Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, Michigan

Just take me to the registration information.
Pamela J. Cooper
Featured Speaker
Pamela J. Cooper
Pamela J. Cooper
Speaker Bios 
Session A1
9:15 – 10:15
Pray that you can find the church or better yet the records!
What church did you ancestor attend?  Is there a record that will provide your ancestor's religion?  How do you find the record?  Suggestions on how to establish the religion will be explored.
Pamela J. Cooper
Speaker Bios 
Session B2
10:35 – 11:35
Galusha A Grow and the Homestead Act
Homestead records (1862-1986) are an excellent resource for documenting residence and collecting details about the neighborhood and personal relationships.  Learn the steps it took for your ancestor to acquire the land and how to order copies of the records.  Historical information about the man who introduced the Act is included.
Cynthia Theusch
Speaker Bios 
Session B3
10:35 – 11:35
Civilian Conservation Corps
The Civilian Conservation Corps, known as the CCC and Roosevelt's Tree Army, was part of FDR's New Deal alphabet program.  Learn background and historical information, how the CCC helped the nation, about the men who joined, plus where to obtain your ancestor's enlistment papers.
William T. Ruddock
Speaker Bios 
Session B4
10:35 – 11:35
New York State Genealogy
Presentation will focus on the various records and approaches available to research our New York ancestors.  Many of Michigan's families can trace their ancestry to New York State, even if earlier generations came from Europe or New England.
Ceil Jensen
Speaker Bios 
Session C5
12:50 – 1:50
American Immigration Agents
During the 1840s-1880 many states competed for immigrants and settlers.  Michigan was the first state to hire agents and develop a recruitment plan.  Learn how Michigan state agents, working with shipping lines, recruited future citizens both at U.S. ports and in villages and towns in Europe.  The Archives of Michigan holds the agents’ primary documents and lists of immigrants who answered the call.
Shirley Hodges
Speaker Bios 
Session C6
12:50 – 1:50
Michigan-Ontario Migration
There were many reasons people migrated between Michigan and Ontario in both directions, including employment and business opportunities, new transportation routes and cheap land.  We will take a look at some of these reasons to help determine if our people might have been involved in this migration.
Mark Bowden
Speaker Bios 
Session C7
12:50 – 1:50
Selected Detroit and Michigan Genealogical Resources at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
This presentation focuses on some of the unique genealogical resources for Michigan and Detroit research found at the Burton Historical Collection including: Detroit Death index, burial transit permits, Wayne County coroner’s files, Roman Catholic Church records, naturalization records from Detroit Recorders Court, Michigan World War II service awards index, Michigan Korean war casualties index, and more!
Archives staff
Session C8
1:00 – 1:50
Tour of Archives
Get a behind the scenes look at how the Archives of Michigan preserves irreplaceable Michigan documents and artifacts for future generations.
Pamela J. Cooper
Speaker Bios 
Session D9
2:10 – 3:10
Navigating Back To England
Starting where your ancestor set down roots in the U.S. is the best place to begin your research back to England or any country.  Records of U.S immigration and naturalization as well as other records to locate place or origination will be discussed.  Second half will discuss English records readily available via the Internet and through local sources.
Archives staff
Session D10
2:10 – 3:10
Strategies for Searching SeekingMichigan.org
SeekingMichigan.org grows monthly providing easy online access to records on Michigan's people, places and events.  What can be found there, what is coming and how to access will be covered.
Bobbi Schirado
Speaker Bios 
Session D11
2:10 – 3:10
Write it or Lose It
How often have you wished your great grandparents had taken the time to write about their lives?  In the past, diaries, letters and even post cards have allowed genealogists a personal look at how our near ancestors thought and lived.  Today, emails, Facebook and discarded digital photos may create a gap in the information available to future generations.  During the past 60 years the world has experienced almost constant change.  As family historians it is our duty to tell future generations what life was really like and to chronicle our own lives.  In this seminar, Bobbi Schirado will show us how easy it can be to relate our own and our family's story.
Pamela J. Cooper
Speaker Bios 
Session E12
3:30 – 4:30
Pensions of the Poor
Was your ancestor too poor to be in records? Think again. The poor have always been controversial and a society issue. For centuries, mankind has tried to help the poor through government-run programs.  The records these programs produced during the late 19th and early 20th centuried will be reviewed.
David E. Irwin
Speaker Bios 
Session E13
3:30 – 4:30
Scots-Irish Migrations to Canada & the USA (from 1700's-1800's)
A brief overview of Scots-Irish History from the Plantation of Ulster in the 1600's to the migration of the Scots-Irish to both the USA and Canada with a focus on the time period 1790's-1880's.  It also reviews tracing and researching your Scots-Irish ancestry utilizing the best online websites for documentation going back to the 1790's and up to the early 1900's.
Kris Rzepczynski
Speaker Bios 
Session E14
3:30 – 4:30
Utilizing Fold3 at the Library and from Home
Previously known as Footnote, Fold3 is an interactive repository of millions of images of original documents, many from the National Archives, including naturalization records, city directories, and Civil War service records.  Named after a traditional flag-folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans, the database now emphasizes its outstanding collection of military records and indexes.
Archives staff
Session E15
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.

The Archives of Michigan will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
If you do not wish to attend any Saturday 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:
Saturday early bird registration is $35.
An optional
box lunch is available for an additional $5.
After October 19 registration is an additional $10.
Electronic registration via EventBrite.
Paper mail in registration.
Paper topic descriptions and speaker bios.


Friday, October 28, 2011
Special Free Pre-workshop Event at the Michigan Historical Museum

If attending the Friday sessions only, we request you register so we have an idea of how many are attending.  workshop@mimgc.org.
1:30 p.m.
Shirley Hodges
The Importance of Women in the Civil War 
2:45 p.m.
Archives staff
The Genealogy of a House 
4:00 p.m.
Archives Staff
Tour of Archives 

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