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January 3 Meeting–Register Now!

Alexander Tolksdorf will make this presentation which is designed to help those new to researching German records. It will focus specifically on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. This ranges from using FamilySearch’s catalog to using German repositories like to contacting local archives. Additional attention will be provided to …

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Estate and Probate Records Topic for December 6

Laressa Northrup will present an overview of estate records created when a person died will include individuals with and without will; and guardianship and coroner’s records. We will discuss what may be included in a probate record and what clues to look for. Types of wills, inheritance laws, and where to find probate records will …

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The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan’s Next Meeting

The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan’s next virtual meeting will be held Saturday, November 19. The meeting is free and open to the public.  More detailed information is on the flyer.

Registration Link For November Meeting

Our next meeting is Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m. Uncover Your Family’s Story Using the Genealogy Center’s Online Catalog and PERSI.  Elizabeth Hodges, Genealogy Librarian at the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library will present. This is a joint  meeting of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research and the Oakland County Genealogical Society. …

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Updates on This Site

On October 25, 2022 the following additions / updates were made. Please note that members must be logged in to view member’s only content. Updated Acorns to Oaks Public Surname Index to include Volume 43 of Acorns to Oaks Updated Member’s Only Surname Index to include Volume 43 of Acorns to Oaks Updated Member’s Only …

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Bloomfield Hills Family History Center Hours

We are pleased to announce our new hours: Tuesday 10am-1pm Wed & Thur evenings 6-8:30 Friday 10am-4pm Sat 10am-2pm Our holiday closings will be Nov 22-26 and December 19-31. Also we will be closed if the local schools have a snow day. The center phone # is 248-647-5671. We are willing to make special appointments for …

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Beware of Spoofed Phone Number and Caller ID Information

One of our board members has had their phone number spoofed and used for outgoing calls. The caller ID for these calls indicated “Oakland County GS”. We discovered the spoof because the call recipient returned the call and the board member talked to them. Please note that the Society DOES NOT have a phone number, …

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Story Telling Techniques to Improve your Family Narrative

Storytelling techniques can enhance any type or length of story. Author Laura Hedgecock illustrates how family history storytellers can borrow concepts from creative nonfiction to empower their narratives to connect through generations. LAURA HEDGECOCK is passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. She comes by that passion honestly; her grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout …

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Program Schedule Announced

We are happy to let you know that the program schedule for 2022-23 is complete and posted on the website. Please go to to review this year’s offerings. Our president, Judy Muhn has prepared a message to our members,  please access it here. In addition, we have sent membership renewal notices to members who …

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Research in DC

Greetings! The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society is traveling to Washington, DC October 23-29 for both research and “tour-on-your-own” – and we hope to see you on the bus! Please share this email with your members. The Portage Senior Center is sponsoring the trip and will make the decision July 31 whether the trip is a …

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