- June Meeting
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 the Oakland County Genealogical Society is pleased to present a program titled “Secrets of the Dead” by OCGS member Sandy Kinter. Join us as we search for some of the Secrets of the Dead – as we “walk” through this “virtual” cemetery. Learn the meanings of the various symbols often found on tombstones. What useful information can the genealogist find on those stone slabs? There will be no need for insect spray or sunscreen on this cemetery visit. Please join us for this interesting and informative presentation.
The Society meets at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083. The TCC is located just north of Big Beaver Road on the west side of Livernois. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and the public is invited. There is no charge. The Troy Community Center has a flat entrance and ample lighted parking.
- May, 2013 Meeting
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 the Oakland County Genealogical Society is pleased to present a program titled “Creating Your Family History with Microsoft’s Publisher together with Ten Simple Steps for Sharing it” by Gloria Saluk. Collecting your “Dead Relatives” is only the first step in being a good genealogist. After you save it, you have to share it. Gloria Saluk demonstrates the basics of using Microsoft’s Publisher program to create family histories you can share with your relatives. Included are her ten steps for putting it all together – and how to have fun doing it. Please join us for this interesting and informative presentation.
OCGS meets at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083. Because of the special mayoral election that evening, our meeting is being switched to room 402. The TCC is located just north of Big Beaver Road on the west side of Livernois. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and the public is invited. There is no charge. The Troy Community Center has a flat entrance and ample lighted parking.
The Southfield Public Library will host a program, “Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship”, as a part of the Library of Michigan’s 2013 Michigan Notable Authors Tour. This event will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room. The evening’s program will be presented by author Barbara Krueger, who will discuss the architecture of some of the churches as well as her specialty, stained glass.
The Michigan death certificates index are now on-line at FamilySearch.org. The site appears to be having difficulites, but try back as things like this usually resolve quickly.
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- Independence Township Records Added To the 1890 Census Substitute Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013
New Genealogical Records on the Internet
Oakland Society adds to digitized early township records
The Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) has digitized the 1884, 1889, and 1893 tax assessment rolls for Independence Township, Oakland County Michigan. Volunteers created an index of the names in the records, and the index is available on the Society’s website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The index and images are also available at the Oakland County Historical Resources website at http://www.OaklandCountyHistory.org. The digitization was funded from the Society’s Ruth S. Kennedy Oakland County Records Preservation Fund.
The release of the databases marks an addition to the Society’s 1890 Census Substitute Project, which focuses on locating and digitizing Oakland County records created between 1884 and 1894. The 1884 and 1894 State of Michigan Census for Oakland County and the Federal Census for 1890 for Michigan no longer exist, so replacement data is very useful to genealogical researchers.
The OCGS Board of Directors has allocated additional spending from the Kennedy Fund to continue the 1890 Census Substitute Project. Custodians of Oakland County records which are suitable for inclusion in the project are encouraged to contact the project director, Pamela Epple, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the Kennedy Fund are appreciated, and may be made with a check to OCGS at the Society address.
Founded in 1977, the Oakland County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to locating, publishing and safeguarding public and private genealogical records; and to encouraging and instructing in the science of genealogical research and compilation through workshops, sharing, and other educational means. Donations, gifts and legacies are tax deductible. OCGS meets at the Troy Community Center in Troy, Michigan; a meeting schedule and more information are available on the Society website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The Society is a charter member of Oakland County Historical Resources.
OaklandCountyHistory.org is the work of Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR), a 501(c)(3) consortium of libraries, genealogical and historical societies, which seeks historical materials pertaining to Oakland County, Michigan to make them searchable and accessible to the public. OCGS is a member. OCHR offers affordable membership options to organizations dedicated to preserving Oakland County history. Please contact Karen Knox, director of the Orion Township Public Library for membership information, (248) 693-3000.
Contact: Pam Warren
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- FGS Conference Ambassador!
OCGS has become an Ambassador for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. In case you were not at our last meeting or missed getting a brochure, you can get information about the conference on a special website. The conference will be held at Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.
Several members of the Society have already registered and will be attending. Don’t miss this chance to attend a national conference so close to home.
- April, 2013 Meeting
The Society will meet on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at The Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083 (just north of Big Beaver). The community center has a flat entrance and ample lighted parking. Meetings are open to the public and free of charge; all are welcome.
The program: “When a Rose is Not a Rose: Women Soldiers in the Civil War”, will be presented by Judith Coebly. Most of us are unaware that almost 900 women served surreptitiously as soldiers in the Civil War even though the Union and Confederate armies would not accept women into their ranks. When their true identities were discovered, these patriots in disguise were sometimes punished, always removed, and told to return home. Most reenlisted in other units – sometimes seven or eight times. They fought like demons and would not quit. Judith Coebly’s presentation includes vignettes of their experiences, accompanied by photographs and etchings.
The Society has two transcription projects in full swing. We are indexing the 1884, 1889 and 1893 censuses of Independence Township, which we will add to our Oakland County 1890 census subtitute project at: www.ocgsmi.org/free-genealogical-data/1890-census-substitute-project-for-oakland-county/. Addiionally we are indexing the surname charts which have been submited by our members over the years and posting them on our website at: www.ocgsmi.org/free-genealogical-data/surname-books/. Please stop by at the publication stable and volunteer to help finish thes important projects. You may also volunteer today by replying to this e-mail.
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