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A Day with Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre

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Michigan Library and Historical Center

702 West Kalamazoo Street

Lansing, MI 48912

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The Michigan Genealogical Council and Archives of Michigan are proud to present our 2017 Fall Family History Event!

Spend a day with Pamela Boyer Sayre & Richard G. Sayre!

Pamela and Richard regularly lecture at regional and national conferences and teach at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR). They are both Certified Genealogists (CG), Certified Genealogical Lecturers (CGL), and Fellows of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA).


9:15 am
Introductions and Housekeeping

9:30 - 10:45
Session A
Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress -- Pamela Boyer Sayre
Even if you never visit Washington, DC, you should explore the holdings of the Library of Congress. We’ll mine the online collection for its wealth of documents, maps, books, photographs, even sound recordings, and learn to successfully search the online catalogs.

11:00 - 12:15
Session B1
NARA Website & More -- Richard G. Sayre
Even if you never go to Washington or one of the regional branches, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has information to help your genealogical search. The NARA website and Fold3.com provide access to NARA’s records. The website is a portal to information about records, genealogy research information, and even access to many individual records. We will discuss researching records, researching people, ordering publications, and ordering records. Also, we will explore NARA’s partnership with Fold3.

Session B2
Michigan Naturalizations Indexing Project -- Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan
Kris Rzepczynski, senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan, will discuss the digitization and indexing project to make naturalization records from nearly 70 Michigan counties freely available online. One of the most valuable record sets available to family historians, naturalization records document the process of immigrants becoming United States citizens. This collection of Michigan naturalization records includes hundreds of thousands of records from across the state, ranging in some cases from the 1830’s to the 1980’s. In a partnership with FamilySearch, the Archives of Michigan is enlisting volunteers to transcribe key genealogical information from the records. Once completed, the collection – including both the images and index – will be freely available only at Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org).

Session B3
Resources for Family History Research at Library of Michigan -- Kendel Darragh
Learn about the print materials in the Library of Michigan collections, including (but not limited to): newspapers and indexes, city directories and state gazetteers, current NARA film collection and Canadian census, Michigan plat and other maps and atlases, land records, county and local histories, cemetery readings, vital records, Michigan documents (including the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society’s collection) and more!

12:15 - 1:00
Enjoy your lunch (either ordered from Grand Traverse Pie Co. or one you brought from home) in the cafeteria and get to know other attendees.

1:00 - 2:15
Session C1
Did He Serve? Researching Military Service Records -- Richard G. Sayre
Even if your ancestors were too poor to own land or valuable personal belongings, chances are that one or more of them served in some arm of the United States military within the past 200–plus years. Men as young as 16 or as old as 60 may have participated in the local militia units. However, most men who served were between the ages of 18 and 30. Don’t overlook military records in your genealogical research. They can reveal vital statistics, ancestors’ locales, health histories, and politics. Some files may even contain original birth, marriage, or death records. Many types of records exist relating to a veteran’s military service. This lecture covers compiled service records, bounty land records, pension files, records relating to service, (draft records, post or regimental returns, correspondence, muster rolls, etc.) and published indexes to use as starting points in military research.

Session C2
Coming to Your Census: Using State Census Records -- Daniel Earl
, Professional Genealogist, Michigan Genealogical Council
Most genealogists are familiar with the US Federal Census, a once-every-ten-year snapshot of our ancestors. Many states conducted their own censuses between Federal Census years. These records can be a boon for genealogists! This lecture focuses on Mid-West state census records. Participants will learn how to access them and how to extract the most information from them to help build their family tree.

Session C3
Using Michigan Documents including the Pioneer Collection -- Bernadette Bartlett
, Library of Michigan
Was your ancestor a pioneer, public official, state prisoner, business owner, licensed professional, etc.? This presentation by the Library of Michigan will focus on using Michigan state and local government information, including the Pioneer and Historical Collections, to add context and detail to your family’s story.

2:30 - 3:45
Session D
Rogues & Rascals: Divorced, Litigious or Downright Criminal Relatives -- Pamela Boyer Sayre
Many researchers from “good” families never consider looking for ancestors in records like court minutes, divorce actions, or prison logs. This lecture helps attendees to explore the possibility that unsavory characters add spice to our family stew, and actually should be referred to as savory characters. Divorces were more common than most of us realize in the early 1900s and before. Land was important in early America, and simple farmers often filed lawsuits that resulted in long drawn-out proceedings naming many people intertwined with the family. Even good citizens sometimes ran afoul of the law, resulting in prison sentences for such criminal actions as making or selling moonshine whiskey. Wills often quietly told stories of the “bad apple” in the family by their absence or meager inheritances. This lecture presents ideas for unlikely sources to search, with examples from the lecturer’s own family. We will take a humorous look at why genealogists should be delighted to find such records.

The Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan are open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday parking is free at the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available during registration.

Regular price is $60.00, with early bird pricing of $50 until 11:59 pm, October 15. The syllabus will be available via download prior to the Saturday event.

An optional box lunch $10.00 from Grand Traverse Pie Co. choice of sandwich, Grand Traverse Club, Ham and Cheese, Roast Beef and Swiss, or Mediterranean Veggie. All lunches will come with chips. a cookie, and water.

An optional printed syllabus is $5.00

The syllabus will be available via download prior to the Saturday event.

Lunches cannot be guaranteed after the Early Bird registration period; however, every attempt will be made to provide a box lunch to any attendee who wishes one.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking onsite adjacent to the building.

What can I bring into the event?
You may bring a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or paper to take notes if you wish. Photography and audio or video recording of presentations is prohibited without advance consent of the presenter.
A sweater or light jacket is recommended due to temperature fluctuations in session rooms throughout the day. Be sure to bring your questions and enthusiasm too!

Will handouts or a syllabus be available?
A link to the downloadable syllabus will be emailed to all attendees the week prior to the Fall Family History Event. An optional printed paper syllabus is available for $5.00.

Is there a Friday evening lock-in connected with this event?
Yes, there is a lock-in at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Friday evening. Initially, registration is limited to attendees. If space remains the week of the Fall Family History Event, registration will be opened to all. Registrations are being handled by the Archives of Michigan, and registration information will be included with the confirmation email to attendees.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Only if you are not the registered attendee or do not receive an email confirmation that you are registered.

Can I update my registration information?

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact the Michigan Genealogical Council with any questions via email at seminar@mimgc.org.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Please advise us prior to the day of the event if another person will be using your registration. Use seminar@mimgc.org to contact us with this information.

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