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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Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group

Virtual

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 …

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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.

Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group

Virtual

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 …

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Finding Records of Your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestors

Many of us have ancestors who migrated through Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. What records did they leave behind – and how can I access them? We will explore who created them, what information is in them, where they are held, the reason why they were created, when they begin and end, and how these …

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Oakland County Genealogy Society DNA Special Interest Group

Virtual

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 …

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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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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.

Michigan-Ontario Migration

Shirley Hodges will present information on migration between Michigan and Ontario and how it affected both countries.  The lecturer will share ideas on ways to find these individuals and explain possible reasons people migrated between Michigan and Ontario in both directions, including factors such as employment and business opportunities, new transportation routes and cheap land.