Our June Meeting Will Be Hybrid

“Finding Courage to Accept the Good, the Bad and the Unexpected in your Family History”

We hope all our local members will join us on June 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5500 N Adams Rd, Troy, MI 48098. We will be “broadcasting” via Zoom for our more distant members.

A case study will be presented by genealogist Karen Batchelor on lessons learned and wisdom gained from over 45 years of researching her unique family history with its many surprising twists and turns.

This will be a  hybrid meeting and we hope to see our local members in person!
Our more distant members may join us via Zoom. This will be a learning experience for all of us.

If you cannot attend in person, register to watch on Zoom here:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOChqjsqHNKiUeHMsNhzmbkMqJ2g54FH

Our speaker, Karen Bachelor, a Detroit attorney is recognized as the first know black member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Our Quaker Ancesters

 

Quakers were among the earliest settlers in North America and as they moved west, they were often the earliest settlers in newly-opened territory. Quakers were amazing record-keepers. Not only did they record births, marriages, and deaths, they kept extensive records on those who came into their local meetings and those who left. Transgressions by members of the community were publicly discussed and recorded, and as they came to believe that slavery was evil their records on Quakers who kept slaves became extensive. Learn about the history of these pioneering Americans and how to find the rich records they left behind.

Please register in advance for the meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vc-2oqjgqHt3jCf0o_mnoMBS3hnW_AkYb

The handout for the meeting is available to members in the member’s area.

This program is scheduled to be Zoom only. Our June meeting will be hybrid, plan to attend in person if you are a local member!

Our speaker, Annette Burke Lyttle, owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels. She has a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Annette has been researching her family on and off since high school, and she has been a full-time genealogist since 2012. Her genealogical education has included the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the British Institute, the ProGen Study Group, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Study Group. She is coordinator of the Virtual Intermediate Foundations course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She leads the year-long Best Practices Study Group and is editor of The Florida Genealogist.

Acorns to Oaks Volume 45 Issue 2

Acorns to Oaks Issue 45-2 is Available

Members may download Acorns to Oaks from the member area of the website. You must be a current member and log in to download this issue and any of the back issues. If you are a current member and do not remember your password, please use the FORGOT PASSWORD link on the right side of the home page in the login box. If you still can’t log in, please email for help: info@ocgsmi.org

Login here: https://ocgsmi.org/member-login/
Download the issue here: https://ocgsmi.org/our-quarterly-acorns-to-oaks/
Join or renew here: https://ocgsmi.org/join-us/
Download back issues here: https://ocgsmi.org/acorns-to-oaks-back-issues/

PLEASE NOTE:
Some email addresses are rejecting our email claiming we are sending spam content. We cannot control how email servers handle our outgoing mail. Please check the website for new content occasionally, and add these email addresses to your whitelist:

list@ocgsmi.org
info@ocgsmi.org

Lumber Barons and the Shanties that Worked for Them

Our next meeting is via Zoom on April 2, at 7 p.m.

A historical look at the Michigan lumber industry and the men that worked for it. Available records to locate them will be discussed, and sources identified.

Register in advance for the meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcuGhqTkoG9wUKJLziJqPlLsF0QrYC5Yo

This program is scheduled to be Zoom only. We would like to have hybrid meetings, but we need a volunteer to manage the second computer to do so. Volunteer if you can! email: president@ocgsmi.org.

Our speaker is Derek J. Blount, the Vice President of OCGS.

The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan Webinar March 16

Beginning Irish Genealogy

Following the clues from your U.S. paper trail, this program will help show you different resources and examples of that paper trail and then we will talk about different Irish websites that will help you once you are researching over the pond. This is a virtual meeting via Zoom.

The handout is available in the member’s area. Search 2024 and select March.

Our speaker is Cathy Cottone. Cathy McCarthy Cottone has been researching her family since 1991 when she inherited her Grandmother’s bible.  Cathy’s roots are in England, Ireland, Croatia, Finland and Norway. Cathy has worked as a genealogist at the Lyon Township Public Library in Lyon Township,  for over 22 years, helping others research their roots. Cathy has been a member of Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan for over 22 years and has served as a board member, including a past editor of The Irish Tree.

Cathy’s motto is “Genealogy Before Housework”.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldempqzMoG92xNjrR8cfR-SyDW1e9ABnw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This and our programs April-June are scheduled to be Zoom only. We would like to have hybrid meetings, but we need a volunteer to manage the second computer to do so. Volunteer if you can! email: president@ocgsmi.org

1850 Agricultural Census for Oakland County

The 1850 Agricultural census for Oakland County was transcribed from microfilm by our members many years ago and published in Acorns to Oaks. A database derived from that transcription is has been posted in the members area. You need to be logged in to see the database.  Find it here.

 

 

Acorns to Oaks Available in Print

We no longer print and mail  Acorns to Oaks to members but they may download each issue in the member’s area.

Great news! We are making the current issue, and following ones available in a print version from Amazon Books. For those who prefer print, this is a great option. Prime members receive free shipping!

You can find Acorns to Oaks 45-1 here: Acorns to Oaks: Vol 45, No 1: OCGS, Taylor, Jay R: 9798879702552: Amazon.com: Books

Beginning Irish Genealogy

Join us for our virtual program on March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Following the clues from your U.S. paper trail, this program will help show you different resources and examples of that paper trail and then we will talk about different Irish websites that will help you once you are researching over the pond. The handout for this meeting is available to members in the member area.

This and our following programs are scheduled to be Zoom only. We would like to have hybrid meetings, but we need a volunteer to manage the second computer to do so. Volunteer if you can! email: president@ocgsmi.org.

Check back a week in advance for a Zoom registration link.

Speaker: Cathy Cattone

February Program – Finding Black Ancestors

Finding Black Ancestors: February6, 2024 at 7:00 via Zoom.

The presentation discusses the unique challenges of African American genealogical research, sharing some of the relevant history and resources available to research. It includes a case study of researching freedom seekers (Underground Railroad), free blacks and enslaved persons. Our speaker is Rozlyn Kelly.

This program is scheduled to be Zoom only. We would like to have hybrid meetings, but we need a volunteer to manage the second computer to do so. Volunteer if you can! email: president@ocgsmi.org.

Register in advance for the meeting here.