Our Programs

embership 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

December – no meeting

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 6:00 pm –Beginners Genealogy Class —
Bacon Memorial District Library
Learn how using census records can start your family history research at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, 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 documents were created and what did they leave behind – and how can I access them. This presentation 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 are they 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 — Joann Kotcher — Donut Dolly American Red Cross Girl’s War in Vietnam
Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Joann was one of the first women allowed in a combat zone. She will discuss the riveting story of her service as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly. These brave young women set up recreation centers and brought books, snacks and a welcome reminder of home to soldiers in the field. A highly dangerous mission, Kotcher, and other Donut Dollies, assigned to combat and combat support duty often found themselves in foxholes nose to nose with the enemy. She spent a year in Vietnam during the height of the war and, upon her return, was awarded the Civilian Service Citation for merit and bravery. She will be selling her book.

October 16, 2019 — Joe Grimm — The Faygo Book
The Faygo Book is the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century. The story of Faygo, Detroit’s beloved soda pop, begins over a hundred years ago with two Russian immigrant brothers who were looking to get out of the baking business. Out of more than 40 bottlers in Detroit’s “pop alley,” Faygo became the last one standing. In The Faygo Book, author Joe Grimm carefully measures out the ingredients of a successful beverage company found in dicey times in a boom-and-bust town. Take a large cup of family, a pinch of innovation, carbonate it with nostalgia and a rambunctious rainbow of flavors and you have Faygo pop. Yes, we call it pop, despite the industry’s plea for a more grown­ up name. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. These stories will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. The Faygo Book is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book. There WILL be a pop quiz. He will be selling his book.