Researching the Old Northwest

Were your ancestors in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin prior to 1850?  This area was commonly referred to as the Old Northwest in the early 1800s. Find out what these states have in common and what records are unique to each state. This talk will cover early records, who settled them, and various websites to …

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Society Board Meeting

A board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18, 2021 at 7 p.m. Whether the meeting will be  in person or Zoom has yet to be determined.  Please check back for more information.

Ethnic & Religious Group Migrations to Michigan

  This talk will examine the sources that exist about the various ethnic groups that came to Michigan, mainly focusing on the Allen County Public Library’s collection. We will look briefly at the histories of these groups and examine books, and occasionally, websites, that will allow one to do further research on these groups. This …

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The 19th Century History of Oakland County

The first history of Oakland County was produced in 1877. It was part of a nationwide phenomenon that led to the writing of hundreds of county histories over a 10-year period following the 1876 centennial of America’s birth. Largely a collection of oral histories assembled by the publisher, L. H. Everts and Company of Philadelphia, …

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Michigan Online: Family History Tools for the Great Lakes State

This session will explore key Michigan online genealogy resources, including both popular and lesser-known sites, as well as effective search strategies for Michigan research. Kris Rzepczynski will present this program. Kris Rzepczynski is a senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research. ... He is a former …

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Society Board Meeting

OCGS board meeting will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7 p.m.  A decision of format, in-person or zoom will be announced prior to the meeting.  Please mark your calendars.

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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Society Board Meeting

A board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2022  at 7 p.m. Whether the meeting will be in person or Zoom has yet to be determined. Please check back for more information.

Where are the Early Dead of Detroit?

OCGS Vice President, Derek Blount will present a review of the early cemeteries of Detroit and what happened to them, and the people buried there.