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Dearborn Genealogical Society

Dearborn, Michigan

2014-2015 Programs & Meetings

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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 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Richard Hill
    Finding Family with DNA Testing

    Learn how Richard's landmark use of DNA Testing solved the mystery of his birth and opened the doors for other adoptees to find their biological families. Motivated to share his secret and tips, he created his website

    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Kathy Petlewski
    Immigration and Naturalization

    Unless our ancestors were Native Americans, they traveled to the United States from another country. Find the methods, resources, and historical background to guide you in your search for the arrival records of your immigrant ancestors and how they became naturalized American citizens.

    November, 2014 -- No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving

    Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Heirlooms and Memories

    Bring your favorite heirloom from your family or tell how you got started in genealogy. This is an audience participation program.

    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    Diane Oslund
    Mistakes Everywhere

    Genealogy speaker, Diane Oslund, will show examples of mistakes found in vital records, obituaries, and census records.  She will discuss techniques that verify data and discover the facts.

    Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    Katherine Willson
    Little Known and Rarely-Used Google Search Tricks
    Using Google before using or

    Many genealogists barely scratch the surface of what Google has to offer.  This presentation offers tips & techniques for doing more efficient research utilizing Google’s full capabilities.
    Learn little-known Google search tips that greatly reduce online search time. Learn to use other countries' Google sites, translation features, uppercase word OR, symbols such as the tilde, minus sign, quotation marks, asterisks, double periods, and more.

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    Jim Barringer
    Progress Report on Newspaper Digitizing Project

    The Downriver Genealogical Society has developed a program to scan of 60 years of newspapers from Wayne County, Michigan. Each issue of any newspaper is more than just a collection of names but also local history (good and bad). Jim will also provide a few short videos of the process.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    Gail Hershenzon
    Ethics and Etiquette in Genealogy Research

    Gail is the past Vice President of the Dearborn Genealogical Society and author of two books Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery and Michigan Memorial Park. Gail will give a power point presentation on the proper etiquette to use in your genealogy research. She will also discuss the correct ethics in sharing that information.

    Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    Michael Hauser
    A Trip Down Memory Lane: J. L. Hudson Department Store

    (NOTE: 2nd Thursday this month)
    Annual Heritage Dinner at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.)
    Price of the dinner is $12. Resesrve your seat today!

    Back by popular demand from last year's successful Downtown Detroit Movie Palace program, Michael Hauser, of the Detroit Opera House returns. This year's Heritage Dinner program focus on the history of the J. L. Hudson Department Store. He will also tell us how he acquired the photos and artifacts that he brings along for viewing. Come, enjoy, and share you memories of Hudson's!.

    Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    DGS Yard Sale
    Please contact the Society e-mail address for the location and additional details.


Updated Monday, 04-May-2015 04:24:22 MDT