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How Africans Became African-Americans: Creating New Families & Culture in a Strange Land
Tuesday, February 2
How Africans Became African-Americans: Creating New Families & Culture in a Strange Land  (OCGS Meetings)
7:00 pm
 
Persons forcibly kidnapped from a 3,000-mile stretch of West Africa and enslaved in North America came from a wide variety of different ethnic groups with distinctive traditions.  They formed new families and established common values, traditions, and a group identity.  They used the term “African” in the 1770s, “colored” and “Negro” in the 1830s, “colored,” “Negro,” and “Afro-American” in the 1900s.  “Black” and “African American” became the dominant terms after the 1970s.
Presenter:
 

Dr. De Witt S. Dykes, Jr.

De Witt S. Dykes, Jr. teaches African American History, American History, history of African American Women, history of the Civil Rights Movement, African American Urbanization, history of American Families, and history of American Cities at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. Dykes was the featured speaker in the “Black Family Life Lines” Genealogy Seminar sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women in seven cities in the Summer of 1992. He received the Lucy Mary Kellogg Award from the Michigan Genealogical Council for contributions to teaching, researching, and publishing family history and genealogy in 1996. Dykes has served terms as Vice President, History, and as Historian for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, a national organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Dykes was a co-founder and served as the first President of Detroit’s African American Genealogy Society, the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society. Dykes was also a co-founder and President of the Michigan Black History Network. He is currently doing research for a book on the History of African Americans in Michigan.



Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group
Saturday, February 20
Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group  (OCGS Meetings)
An online presentation via Zoom, check back a week prior for a registration link
These are held cooperatively with the Highland Township Library, and currently use the Library’s Zoom virtual platform for the presentation. Registration is required for the events, watch Facebook for the event registration link or check our website two weeks in advance to find the link in our program schedule.



Our People Were Farmers: Farming in Michigan, Background and Resources
Tuesday, March 2
Our People Were Farmers: Farming in Michigan, Background and Resources  (OCGS Meetings)
7:00 pm
NOTE: This will be an online meeting, the link will be added in advance.
 
Many family historians find that their ancestors were farmers. The presentation will talk about the pervasiveness of farming, sources for farming history including, deeds, plat maps, the agricultural schedule of the United States Census, the 1938 Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Rural Property Inventory, and Centennial Farms.
Presenter: Dan Fantore



Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group
Saturday, April 3
Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group  (OCGS Meetings)
10:00 am
An online presentation via Zoom, check back a week prior for a registration link
These are held cooperatively with the Highland Township Library, and currently use the Library’s Zoom virtual platform for the presentation. Registration is required for the events, watch Facebook for the event registration link or check our website two weeks in advance to find the link in our program schedule.


Fake History: Busting the Myths
Tuesday, April 6
Fake History: Busting the Myths  (OCGS Meetings)
7:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5500 N. Adams Rd., Troy, MI 48098
Note: if an online presentation is substituted a link for registration will be posted in advance. Please check in advance of the meeting.
 
How does history get tangled and twisted sometimes? How do inaccurate accounts and historical myths get passed along down through time? And... most importantly, what resources exist to help straighten it out! This presentation focuses on multiple resources that can be used not only to investigate the history of Oakland County but also to correct some common errors.  We will examine questions such as: How do you determine something is inaccurate in history? How do you know if a source is reliable? Why are dates frequently incorrect? How come people got it so mixed up?"
Presenter: Carol Bacak Egbo



Scandalous Ancestors
Tuesday, May 4
Scandalous Ancestors  (OCGS Meetings)
7:00 pm
NOTE: This will be an online meeting, the link will be added in advance.
 
This session provides ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors including a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that began in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois.
Presenter: Jessica Trotter



Researching in Ontario: Your Maple Leaf Connection!
Tuesday, June 1
Researching in Ontario: Your Maple Leaf Connection!  (OCGS Meetings)
7:00 pm
NOTE: This will be an online meeting, the link will be added in advance.
 
The records of Ontario begin before the formation of what is now called Canada. Indigenous peoples lived here for centuries with European settlements initially a part of the fur trade. By 1668, the first European settlement was at Sault Ste Marie. Records for "Upper Canada", "Quebec" and "Canada West" and more, created the sources that carry us from the early settlements into the modern Canadian census records, vital records and more that will link you to your ancestor. Learn about how to connect across the border and the records that can help you!
Presenter: Judy Nimer Muhn


Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group
Saturday, June 19
Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group  (OCGS Meetings)
An online presentation via Zoom, check back a week prior for a registration link
These are held cooperatively with the Highland Township Library, and currently use the Library’s Zoom virtual platform for the presentation. Registration is required for the events, watch Facebook for the event registration link or check our website two weeks in advance to find the link in our program schedule.