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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

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

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In order to find information on your Irish ancestors, you will need to do as much research as you can here in the United States. Events in the lives of your ancestors, including births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths could have been officially recorded at the time they took place, but in many cases, you need to know exactly where an event took place in order to find a record of it. If you don’t know the place, the answer might be on the paper trail your ancestor left behind here in the US. This program will help show you different resources and examples of that paper trail. I have been following the “paper trail” of my ancestors since 1991 – I hope that my experiences will help you find that “golden nugget” to help you in your research!


Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 6:00 pm –Beginners Genealogy Class — Taylor Community Library
A beginning genealogy class will be held at the Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee Road, Taylor, MI.


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.


Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 6:00 pm –Beginners Genealogy Class — Taylor Community Library
Learn how using census records can start your family history research at the  Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee Road, Taylor, MI.


February 20, 2019 — Thomas Koselka — Finding Records of your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestor
Many of us who live in Michigan have ancestors who came through Detroit and Wayne County. What records did they leave behind – and how can I access them. This session examines the records created by, for, and about our ancestors in Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. We will explore who created them and when, what information is in them, why they were created, and where they can be located today.


March 20, 2019 — Derek Blount — Scotch-Irish Research: Who They Are & Where We Find Them
Derek Blount will review some of the records now available after the fire in the 1922 destroyed 700 years of records. Derek will do a review of online records and records still not digitized and how to find them.


April 17, 2019 – Dan Fantore — Our People were Farmers
This presentation recognizes that most family historians find that their ancestors were farmers. The presentation will talk about the pervasiveness of farming, sources for farming history including, Deeds, Plat maps, the Agricultural schedule of the US Census, the 1938 WPA Rural Inventory, and Centennial Farms.


May 15, 2019 – Laressa Northrup — Quaker Research: Beyond Hinshaw’s Records.
This is a presentation on how and where the Quakers started in England and where they were in the US. This presentation will also cover the types of records they kept and how to get everything out of them. I will also cover where to find these records.


June 19, 2019 — Pending