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President’s Message – 2013-14

Dear Members:

Even though we are in the midst of the Society’s annual three month summer hiatus, there is still a great deal happening with the Oakland County Genealogical Society. I’m sure you want to know about recent developments.
First of all, the Society will have a new home as of October, 2013. We will no longer meet at the Troy Civic Center. Unfortunately, TCC requires that a minimum of 75 percent of the members of a group using their meeting rooms be Troy residents. Our membership is far too geographically diverse for us to comply with this requirement. Consequently, this coming season we will meet at the Kilgour Centre. This facility is owned by the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit. It is located at 2360 Rochester Court in Troy near the intersection of Rochester Road and Stephenson Hwy, just south and west of the I-75
interchange. The Kilgour Centre is a modern facility with a homelike feeling. It offers all the standard amenities, and it has a flat entrance and a large lighted parking lot. It is also equipped with state of the art digital facilities, including Wi-Fi. The Society’s board believes you will find the Kilgour Centre to be an excellent place to meet.

Because of this move we can once again provide refreshments at our meetings. Please let me know (irvinr(at)ocgsmi.org) if you would like to volunteer to help with this, for instance make the coffee or bring some cookies. In addition to our regular refreshment offerings, special refreshments will be available for purchase (from the SASD) at the October 1st Open House & Help Night. On that occasion you will be able to enjoy a glass of wine, a soft drink, or some other liquid refreshment.

Secondly, the Society seeks your help in a number of other areas. For instance, with the passing of long-time delegate Ann Martin, we need a new delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies to inform our members about FGS issues and events. There is also an opening for an at-large seat on the Society’s board, where one can contribute ideas and aid in determining the Society’s direction. In the past there has been someone in charge of arranging for refreshments, and we once again need someone to fill that role. These are only three of the many openings. Your help is also needed for our many
transcription and indexing projects. The truth of the matter is that the more who volunteer and participate in OCGS affairs, the more the Society can accomplish for its members as well as the genealogical community at large. So please consider lending a hand.

Please note that your annual membership application now has a questionnaire on the back. This is meant to better inform the Society’s board of your needs. So please take a few moments to fill it out.

Lastly, the program schedule for the coming year is in place with the exception of the speaker and topic for the joint meeting with the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research next January. The OCGS is offering a diverse and informative group of programs. These include information about the sacramental records of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Fire Insurance and other large scale city maps, and Irish research techniques. Other programs have a technological bent. Among these are a discussion of genealogy software programs including Legacy and Family Tree Maker. There will be a program about creating and using timelines for genealogy. To aid us in our online research, one talk will cover the recent changes in FamilySearch.org. The year’s final presentation will discuss the how’s and why’s of using Facebook for genealogy. All in all, it promises to be an informative year. Please plan on attending as many sessions as possible and don’t forget to bring your friends and relatives. Everyone is welcome.

Irv Rabideau, President

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