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Meetings

The Oakland County Genealogical Society meets at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, October through June at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5500 North Adams Troy, MI 48098 (between Long Lake and Square Lake Roads). The church has a flat entrance and ample lighted parking. Meetings are open to the public and free of charge; all are welcome.

The Joint Meeting with DSGR has been cancelled for this year and will reappear in the 2015-2016 season.

7 October 2014, “Open House & Help Night,” Bring your questions, bring your laptops, and bring your friends as we have our inaugural meeting at our new home. Experienced researchers will be available to answer your questions whether they are about sources in a specific locality or that one item that might crumble your brick wall.

November 4, 2014, “Finding a needle in the Haystack of Territorial Papers,”–Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens will help us learn about the variety of territorial records housed at the National Archives that will assist in solving dilemmas posed by frontier ancestors.

December 2, 2014, “Planning A Genealogy Vacation that Produces Amazing Results!” Carole Schaffer will discuss planning the ancestral journey you’ve been dreaming about. Her presentation will include defining your trip goals, finding informational sources before and during your trip, planning your itinerary, how to pack, when to go, what to do when you’re there and recording your journey and findings.

January 6, 2015, “Researching your Family History at the Archives of Michigan,”–Kris Rzepczynski will present an introduction to the Archives of Michigan. This program will explore the genealogical collections available there.

February 3, 2015, “Priceless Photo/Film/Video Preservation Workshop,” –Rob Hoffman will explain where to begin to organize and archive family analog possessions. It includes the top ten preservation mistakes and how to avoid them.

March 3, 2015, “Birmingham Pioneer Families,” –Pam DeWeese will introduce listeners to Birmingham’s three earliest settlers; John West Hunter, Elijah Willits and John Hamilton. It will place them in the context of what was happening in Michigan and the country in 1818.

April 7, 2015, “A Century of Change: 19th Century U.S. Marriage Laws and Customs,”–Barbara Snow. Wonder why you can’t find that marriage record from the 1800’s ? How you can (sort of) identify wives in deeds? Why did so many cousins marry? Why people married some place other than where they lived? Just how old did they have to be to be married? Our understanding of the written and unwritten rules that governed a marriage can help us better understand (and better research) our ancestors.

May 5, 2015, “Venturing into Genetic Genealogy-What You Might Learn About Your Family History from DNA Analysis,”–Jim Sims, PhD will provide a beginners overview of how a genealogist might use DNA analysis to further their research. Using data from Y-chromosomes, autosomal DNA, and X-chromosomes will be discussed. DNA tests better suited to anthropology, such as SNP testing and mtDNA, will be mentioned briefly.

June 2, 2015, “Dos and Don’ts of Cemetery Research”- Gail Hershenzon,”–Told in a humorous way, this presentation will focus on how to communicate effectively with cemeteries through letters, phone calls, and visitations to get the information you want. Using actual letters received at Woodmere Cemetery and sharing stories about those who visited the cemetery office, researchers will be shown some what-to-dos and what-not-to-dos when contacting cemeteries.

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