Our Programs

Membership meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding July, August, and December) at 7:00 pm at:
The Copeland Center
2306 Fourth Street (between Northline and Eureka)
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

July and August 2018 – no meetings


Image: Jacques Nicolas Bellin’s 1755 map Partie occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada : pour servir à l’intelligence des affaires et l’état present en Amerique. Available from BAnQ, (

September 19, 2018 – Suzanne Sommerville – Geography for French­ Canadian Genealogists

Geography is more than the physical details of an area. It includes the response of human beings to the “lay of the land,” the opportunities and challenges of particular places, the politics of any given time, and family ties. In her PowerPoint presentation,  Suzanne will show that long before the U.S. Declaration of Independence, French, and French-Canadian voyageurs, setting out from the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, were participating in the survey of all the major waterways of our continent, except the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. Using maps and excerpts from historical documents, she focuses on

  1. Names of Places in Historical Perspective
  2. Overview: Chronology of Canadian History
  3. Population Changes in Canada.


Irene Miller
No Man’s Land

October 17, 2018 – Irene Miller — No Man’s Land
Irene Miller, a Holocaust survivor, will take you on a survival journey little written and known about. Yowill sleep in the winter under an open sky on the no man’s land; you will freeze in a Siberian labor camp where the bears come to your door front. In Uzbekistan, you will live on boiled grass or broiled onions, and shiver with malaria. You will spend years in orphanages. When this is over you will wonder how a child with this background grows up to become a positive, creative, accomplished woman with a joy of living and love to share.




November 28, 2018 – Cathy Cottone — Beginning Irish Genealogy
(Please note the later date due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)


December — no meeting


January 16, 2019 — Jill Arnold — Immigration & Naturalization Records for Family Historians
This program will introduce researchers to strategies helpful in finding records to document an immigrant becoming a United States citizen. The presentation includes an overview of what information can be found in naturalization records, sources for obtaining naturalization records, tips for overcoming stumbling blocks in naturalization research, and a brief history of naturalization laws in the United States. The talk also includes a discussion of ship passenger lists and a real-life research walk-through.


February 20, 2019 — Membership Sharing


March 20, 2019 — Derek Blount — Scotch-Irish Research: Who They Are & Where We Find Them


April 17, 2019 — Pending


May 15, 2019 — Laressa Northrup — History of the Quakers


June 19, 2019 — Pending