Dearborn Genealogical Society

Dearborn, Michigan

Programs & Meetings
Programs for our 2014-2015 year are being finalized. Below are the programs we offered during the past year.

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Meetings are held at the
Cherry Hill Baptist Church
1045 N. Gulley, Dearborn Heights, 313-565-1460
on the 4th Thursday of the month, except as noted below.

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Program
8:15 p.m. Break
8:30 p.m. Discussion

    Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
    Steven C. Stanford
    Henry's Family, from Roots to Branches

    Here we concentrate on the people closest to Henry Ford. His father and mother, his siblings, his wife, his son, and grandchildren all come into focus as we seek to understand Mr. Ford by the people most important in his life. What of his relationship with Evangeline Dahlinger? We will look into that as well.

    Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
    Katherine Willson
    Using Facebook for Genealogical Research

    Facebook is quickly becoming a favorite resource among genealogical researchers for its vast networking capabilities. With the formation of many thousands of regional and surname-specific genealogy groups, Facebook is quickly breaking down brick walls that have blocked researchers for years – often within 24 hours of posting a query! Katherine's presentation will introduce members to Facebook as a genealogy tool and will guide the participants through the process of efficiently utilizing Facebook for their specific genealogical needs.

    November, 2013 -- No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving

    Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
    Ceil Wendt Jensen
    Records Arising from Death

    This session covers North American and European funerary customs and records. We will cover records from churches, undertakers, stonemasons, cemeteries, and societies that sponsor burial grounds for their members. Learn about home wakes and view photos made at graveside. The lecture includes photos of funeral cards and announcements, record books, cemeteries, tombstones and exhumation. You may be surprised at the wealth of information available.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Wally Schlegel
    Research within the Old Austro–Hungarian Empire

    The trend in genealogy in the last few years has been to search vast databases indexed by Ancestry, Fold3, FamilySearch and multiple other associations. To do genealogy in western Europe has now evolved into searching for 'Ortsippenbuecher' online. The method for successful research in Eastern Europe has not changed significantly in the last decade. Although there are now more shortcuts that can be used, it is still a matter of finding a location, knowing the religion of your ancestral family, knowing how to use a decent gazetteer and obtaining microfilm to read. The research strategy is the same regardless of ethnic group or location within the greater Hungarian empire that existed prior to World War.

    Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Bobbie Snow
    Marriage in the 19th Century

    We spend a lot of time looking for marriage, divorce, and property records, but this talk will look behind those records. What laws and customs dictated how marriages were contracted or how separations were arranged? What made a valid marriage? What defined the rights and responsibilities of husbands and wives? How did things change from the formation of the country in the early 1800s to the end of that amazing century of growth and progress?

    Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Richard Doherty
    Exciting Developments in Ireland and Northern Ireland Online Research

    This lecture explores exciting, recent developments of strategic free and fee websites for genealogical research in Ireland’s 32 Counties. Emphasis is placed on those with searchable databases and digital images of original records. Also included is a discussion of plans for new or enhanced Irish genealogy websites.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Don Hinkle
    WIKI Can Assist Your Family History Research

    We will be discussing The Family Search Research Wiki, and her sisters the Research Courses & Discussion Forums, and how they are Family Search’s solution on how to solve one of the largest genealogical challenges of our time. Learn how to tap into the Wiki's knowledge, the Courses free lessons and the Forums worldwide help for dead ends.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 -- The 2014 Annual Fort Wayne Bus Trip has been cancelled.

    Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Michael Hauser
    Detroit's Magnificent Downtown Movie Palaces

    (NOTE: 3rd Thursday this month)
    Annual Heritage Dinner at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.)
    Cost of the dinner is $12 per person.

    Presented by Michael Hauser of the Detroit Opera House. His presentation will be focusing on the majestic theatres that once surrounded Grand Circus Park and were designed by world-renowned architects. Topics will include programming. Concessions, specialty venues, local exhibitors, and demographic changes. Attendees will also be able to browse through photos and artifacts from these palaces, view several DVDs, and participate in a question and answer session (where they can bring up memories of their own neighborhood move house).

    The buffet menu will consist of:
    Breaded Pork Chops
    Broasted Chicken
    Kielbasa and Kraut
    Mashed Potatoes with gravy
    Salad and bread
    Apple Crisp

    Come and join us for an evening out at Detroit’s Magnificent Movie Palaces – be sure to “add a bit of glam” by dressing up for a “night on the town”.

    There will be a prize for “Best Costume”.


Updated Thursday, 12-Jun-2014 04:40:08 MDT