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Genealogy Lock-In at the Waterford Library May 4, 2013

We are sharing this information we received it from the Waterford Genealogical Society. You can download a flyer here.


  1. Jewish Genealogy Research–Kathy Stricher, Presenter. How is Jewish Genealogy different from other searches? If you are searching for Jewish Ancestors, this presentation will give you the start you need. We will cover migration patterns, Jewish customs and traditions, and search sites.
  2. Native American Indian Genealogical Research–Irv Rabideau, Presenter. Mr. Rabideau’sNative American Genealogical Research workshop will convey information that will help you find yourNative American connections. Necessary research techniques will be discussed, and numerous research strategies will be examined in detail. A wide range of sources, both standard and Native American specific, will be extensively examined. High value Internet sites will also be discussed.
  3. Michigan Roots: Genealogy Research in the Great Lakes State–Kris W. Rzepczynski, Presenter Drawn by high-paying manufacturing jobs and inexpensive land, thousands of people from all over Europe and the United States, including the Deep South, New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, migrated to Michigan during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This session,aimed at researchers whose ancestral trails extend to and from Michigan, will explore these migration patterns and provide an overview of the rich and abundant genealogical resources available in print and online.
  4. Using Google Earth for Genealogy–Doug Willett, Presenter. Many genealogists are familiar with Google Maps. But do you use Google Earth? The class will cover how to apply this powerful site to genealogical endeavors. Come and learn how to discover more about the neighborhoods of your ancestors. We will take a look at how to use the free services of Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Search to help enhance and simplify your genealogy research.
  5. Software, Searching and Writing Queries–Tom Koselka, Presenter. This class is designed for beginners and will compare genealogy software, look at search techniques and query writing. We willcompare three popular Windows genealogy programs, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic; Tips for searching online databases such as Ancestry.com, Seeking Michigan.org andFamilySearch.org.; and How to write a query with examples of the good, the bad and the ugly.Getting Started and Taking That Next Step–Kathy Stricher & Sandy Kinter, Presenters. How to start tracing your family history. Kathy will discuss getting started on your genealogy. After doing your “homework” the next step is moving on to libraries and genealogy collections. Sandy will discuss how to prepare for your genealogy research trip and places to visit.Photo Scanning and Restoration–Ray Riggs, Presenter. This class will give an introduction and overview of scanning, organizing, retouching and restoring photos. Computer programs used to demonstrate techniques will be Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.Useful Websites–Sandy Kinter, Presenter What websites are the most beneficial to you in your genealogical research? Many free useful websites will be accessed and discussed during the class.The Many Facets of FamilySearch.org–Wally Schlegel, Presenter. You maybe familiar with using the search function of the website FamilySearch.org to look for your ancestors, but there are many other features of the website of the largest genealogical organization in the world. Wally will show you some of them, such as the Learning Center, searching for records, using the catalog, where to look for free software (such as Personal Ancestry File) and accessing books that have been digitized.


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