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Michigan Historical Center
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Saturday, October 26th, 2013
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Session A: Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com
In addition to describing and showing dozens of examples of “lesser-known” databases at Ancestry.com (little-known military records; non-population census schedules; soldiers and sailors homes, tax and bank records and much more), this presentation focuses on the use of the catalog and other ways to find treasures that don’t surface towards the top in global searches.
Session B: Midwestern Treasures
Hidden in archives, genealogical and historical societies, libraries and online database collections are thousands of little-known records and clues will lead you to new clues and discoveries.
Archives of Michigan Tour
Get a behind the scenes look at the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection and the original source documents available at the Archives of Michigan.
Session C1: New York Colonial Research
William Ruddock, Genealogist
Colonial New York offers very unique challenges to genealogists: 1) Very few communities maintained vital records. 2) As land was held mostly by a few land owners, the use of property records to establish relationship is limited. 3) There were varying courts for probate records. This lecture will focus on the resources that are available to genealogist including church, census, tax, court, manorial, military, lease records, merchant, estate papers and other records. The focus will be on what to expect when using these records and where to find them.
Session C2: Researching Military Records at the Archives of Michigan
Jill Arnold, Archivist, Archives of Michigan
This program will provide a general overview of resources at the Archives of Michigan that are instrumental in learning about a soldier’s military career. The presentation will briefly walk researchers through print, microfilm, and original source material from the Revolutionary War through the Korean War.
Session C3: Collections at the Clarke Historical Library
Frank Boles, Director, Clarke Historical Library
The Clarke Historical Library has a number of resources of interest to genealogists. The presentation will discuss the holdings of the Clarke Library with an emphasis on genealogical material, as well as the policies and procedures involved in using the Library.
Session D1: Finding Family with DNA Testing
Richard Hill, DNA Testing Advisor
Richard discovered the power of DNA in the course of his long search for biological ancestors. He will introduce us to several forms of DNA testing as he shares the fascinating story of his personal odyssey. His presentation has evolved over time as newer DNA tests have yielded surprising results. Richard’s talks have been well received by genealogy associations and DNA conferences, including the 7th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy sponsored by Family Tree DNA and the Family History and DNA conference recently held in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Richard’s full-length book about his search is drawing rave reviews. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is a page-turning saga of personal detective work that appeals to genealogists, adoptees, and anyone who loves a good mystery. The book was recently honored as a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2013. The eBook version was a Gold Medal Winner of the 2013 Global Ebook Awards. The book is available in print and electronic formats from Amazon.com, Smashwords, and other online booksellers. More information can be found at FindingFamilyBook.com.
Session D2: Beyond the Usual Civil War Research Sources
Mark Hoffman, DNR Deputy Director
This session will focus on less frequently used primary resources related to Civil War service, especially in the Union Army. It will be most helpful for those who have already documented the basics of military service, but want to know more about what is was like for their ancestors.
Session D3: Did Your Ancestor “Make A Run For the Border”?
Jan Saleski, Genealogist
Tracking 7 million crossings back and forth across the Canadian border 1895-1957 is EASIER THAN EVER !! – In 1895, the U.S. began keeping records on people crossing into the U.S. from Canada all along the U.S./Canadian border, records more detailed than the typical passenger manifests for immigrants. The Canadians began keeping similar records for people crossing the border into Canada in 1908. While many of these records have been available on microfilm for years and many included soundex indexes, in the past couple years this genealogical treasure trove of ancestral villages and migration documentation has become accessible on-line for even the most frugal researcher. Learn the scope of these records, and strategies for navigating this resource quickly and efficiently.
Session E1: Archival Research: You Can Do It!
Jessica Miller, Archivist, Archives of Michigan
This program gives an overview of resources available at the Archives of Michigan, including an overview of the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection. Attendees will learn about several types of records that are relevant to genealogy research, strategies for searching those records, and ways to prepare at home before visiting the Archives.
Session E2: Family Historian or Pack Rat
Shirley Hodges, Genalogist
This lecture will provide information on the types of records collected by the genealogist and the preservation of those records. This lecture will emphasize the importance of recognizing the materials and information that we have in our possession as well as the preservation of them. The focus will be on learning to recognize the types of things we should preserve and the best way to accomplish this. Most family historians have boxes of documents, photographs and family letters and records. Learn how to preserve those paper based artifacts and protect them from the ravages of time and exposure to contaminate.
Session E3: Hidden Gems in FamilySearch
Don Hinkle, Lansing Family History Center
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Its online presence is at FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch.org has an amazing array of resources to use. However, many users only scratch its surface. This session will show some of the hidden gems.
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