I am a Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Ambassador. My role as an ambassador is to help promote the FGS 2013 conference through blogging and other social media platforms. The publicity committee provided a few writing prompt questions to answer which you will find below. This time the topic is on Conferences and Research.
- Education-the educational opportunities offered at FGS 2013 are top notched. I have been perusing the conference program and taking note of what sessions I would like to attend. I try to attend a variety of sessions from the various tracts that are available. I look for sessions that will help me further my research. In addition, I look for topics that will help me understand the life and times that my ancestors lived in. For example, I have several ancestors who worked in the railroad industry and I plan to take the Railroad Trilogy session.
- Research-the Allen County Public Library is within walking distance of the convention center and I would like to try and fit in a visit to do a little research there. Currently, I am prioritizing my research needs and will develop research plans before I go. I used PERSI to create a periodical list to look for.
- Exhibit Hall-I enjoy spending time in the Exhibit Hall. Talking to the vendors, seeing what is new in the genealogy world, and looking at books are my favorite activities in the hall. I have already started setting aside money for this part of the conference. I look for books on subjects that will help me in the areas that my ancestors lived.
- Meeting Others-I enjoy meeting and talking with others who share the same passion for genealogy as I do. I try to attend some of the social events. I introduce myself to those who are sitting next to me in sessions. I have found genealogists to be very warm and friendly and you never know who might have that one piece of information that will help you.
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Summer in Michigan is a nice time of the year. There are lots of lakes and rivers to explore and sandy beaches to lay on. Summer is usually a down time for me genealogically speaking. I like to read, garden or go to the beach during the summer. This year, I have decided to try and plan a few genealogically related activities and see if I can accomplish a little in my genealogical world.
I would like to take a couple of day trips. I would like to visit the following:
- Miami and Howard County Indiana-The Graf and Fredricks side of my mom's family settled here before migrating to Michigan. I would like to visit the Miami County Courthouse and get Casper Graf's will and visit a few cemeteries and take pictures. I would like to explore the area. I may need to plan this as an overnight trip from the looks of what I want to accomplish.
- Adrian, Michigan- The Dyer side of my dad's family settled here when they came from New York. I want to check out the library and a couple of cemeteries.
- Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor-There are two civil war era diaries, that mentions my 2nd great grandfather's gunshot wound that he received during the Civil War, that I would like to read. Plus, the library has Lima Township vital records and Baptist records that I am interested in exploring.
- Go to Fort Wayne, Indiana-I will be there for the FGS 2013 Conference in August, but I would like to go at least once and do a little research at the library.
- Last but not least, is to attend the Fredricks Family Reunion. I didn't go last year, but I am, definitely, going this year. Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I have a killer white elephant gift to take this year.
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- Don't underestimate the importance of county level records and repositories. County government is central to Michigan genealogy research. Vital records, land, property, probate, etc. are kept at the county level. Look at County GenWeb websites, too. Most counties in Michigan have one. The good ones have a wealth of information on them. One great example is the Kent County Michigan GenWeb page. Looking at the Kent County page will give you an example of what kind of records and information are available in Michigan.
- Check in the area you are researching for local genealogical societies, historical societies and libraries. Put google to work for you! Many genealogical societies have an online presence and accept queries for their newsletter, some have volunteers to look up information. Historical societies know what is available and where to find it for their locality or can guide you where to go next. Many libraries have a local history section. Check the library's online catalog, if available. Tap into this valuable resource.
- Come to Michigan. Visit our state library and archives, all in one building. Roam our cemeteries, explore our courthouses, and check out our local libraries. After a day of rewarding research, Michigan has even more to offer. Beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches, clear blue lakes, historic islands, rocky cliffs, and great people are yours to explore in Pure Michigan!
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My adorable niece, Cutie Pie, is three today. I hope she has a wonderful birthday. I wish I was there to celebrate with her. Cutie Pie's mom says she loves to do things for herself; is into a Princess stage, especially, Cinderella; likes to do arts and crafts and likes playing dress up. She watches PBS' Dinosaur Train and received Dinosaur Train characters for Christmas. My parents (Cutie Pie's grandparents) visited Cutie Pie this past year and my dad calls her little mook and she calls him big Mook. She talks to them on the phone and they video chat with her. I need to visit Cutie Pie more often because when we video chatted she was pretty quiet. Cutie Pie sent me a beautiful giraffe that she had finger-painted the spots on. I love it! I have it hanging on my refrigerator. Happy Birthday, Cutie Pie. I love you. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past year of Cutie Pie.
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- Michigan Historical Museum-You can take an online gallery tour of exhibits on First People, Settling a State, Civil War, Farm and Factory, Lumbering, Mining, and Growing up in Michigan. Each one of these categories takes you to a wealth of information on Michigan History.
- Downward Bound-photographs and articles about the Great Lakes Shipping industry are featured here.
- Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association-did you know that Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state? Michigan has over 100 lighthouses along it 3200 miles of shoreline. This website has historical pictures, articles, and information on lighthouse keepers.
- Museums-Michigan has many wonderful, historical museums from blacksmith shops, to railway, to civilian conservation corps, and mining museums. Check out the hundreds of museums that Michigan offers by clicking on the museum name, if the museum has a website it will provide a link that will take you to that museum for photos and more information.
- Detroit Historical Museum- a Detroit Historical Society museum has a variety of exhibits on display. It is the premiere museum for the Detroit region history.
- Fort Mackinac-has the oldest building in Michigan on it. It takes you back to the days when the British controlled the fort.
- Colonial Michilimackinac-view pictures of this outpost pretty much as it was in the 1700's.
- Henry Ford Museum-a wonderful museum filled with historical automobiles, from JFK's limousine, to Rosa Parks bus to the Weinermobile. You will find more than cars here, though. Check out the interactive map on its' website.
- Greenfield Village-on the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum. Go back in time to seven historical villages depicting the life and times of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and more.
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- Maps of Michigan-a county formation map, historical maps, and Department of Transportation maps can be found here.
- Michigan Digital Map Library-early Michigan state and county maps are included.
- American Memory Map Collection-this Library of Congress website has maps, cities and towns, military battles, transportation and communication, and other collections.
- Historical Maps of Michigan-a wide variety of Michigan maps can be found here.
- Michigan County Histories and Atlases-a searchable database that includes atlases.
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection-a few unusual maps are in this collection. Isle Royal National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are found here.
- Atlas of Historical Boundaries-this collection from Newberry Library contains great map resources.
- David Rumsey Historical Map Collection-a great map resource for Michigan and other historical maps.
- Maps at Pure Michigan-maps of economic characteristics, railroad maps, colleges and universities, commercial ports and more.
- National Atlas-many printable maps are found here.
- Plat Maps-historical Michigan plat maps at Seeking Michigan.
- Google Maps and Google Earth-don't forget about these easy to use resources.
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