Category: OCGS News

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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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 https://ocgsmi.org/events 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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Survey of interest in Free Family Tree Maker Webinar

Family tree Maker has offered to present a webinar about the program to our members. This would be in addition to our normal programs. We wish to gauge interest prior to making a decision on the offer. Please fill out his survey to help us. The results will be recorded and reported to the membership. …

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Next Season

The Board has met and scheduled meetings or the next year. Derek Blount, our VP and Program Chair, is busy confirming next year’s topics and dates. We are planning for hybrid meeting so those who choose canl be in person at the church. Testing on that is ongoing.  We will be posting them as soon …

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Helpful Sources for African-American Genealogy

Searches for African American ancestors on most of the well-known genealogy platforms such as Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com often lead to dead ends, particularly for those who lived only in what became the Confederate States of America. However, there are records from the Freedman’s Bureau, AfriGeneas.com and even Canadian records that can be extremely helpful. Speaker: …

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Finding Your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestors

You are invited to an Oakland County Genealogical Society Zoom meeting. When: Mar 1, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Many of us who live in Michigan have ancestors who migrated through Detroit and Wayne County. What records did they leave behind and how can we access them? This session examines the records …

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