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Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: 155 S. Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

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On Saturday, March 22, the Plymouth Historical Museum will hold the seventh in a series of genealogical workshops to help family historians of all levels research their American ancestors. This seminar features Dave McDonald, CG.
 
Dave is a return visitor to the Plymouth Historical Museum. His 2012 lectures were so well-received, we're bringing him back, this time for a full-day appearance! A past president and trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Dave's nearly 40 years of research experience and 30+ years of lecturing mean he has a wealth of experience to share. His research specialties include the states of the old Northwest Territory, the Great Plains and New England; he also has done significant work in the British Isles and Germanic Europe. His articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and NGS Magazine, as well as in a number of state society journals and quarterlies. He'll be lecturing at Samford University's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in June 2014, and has coordinated the English research track for the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History in Salt Lake City. These are his lectures for Saturday, March 22:

Document Transcription, Analysis & Research Plans

Every competent genealogist, whether working for personal pleasure or to serve clients, should be capable of transcribing documents. This mini-workshop will go through the process of transcription, which leads to full evaluation of a document's clues and assertions. Using those materials, then, a prospective research strategy can be developed for continuing research and the construction of valid, reasoned, sound genealogical conclusions.


Enough Already! Start Writing! Finding the Forest Amidst the Trees; or Completing a Genealogical Project

There comes a time in every researcher's life when the mound of papers, reels of images and shreds of ideas overwhelm and stagnate. We'll consider clues, both internal and external, that it really is time to bring the research to a close and to move toward a well-presented, carefully documented written product regarding your families.

New Yorkers to the Midwest

With the opening of the Erie Canal, trans-Allegheny migration became a much simpler and widely-available prospect. New Yorkers populated the upper Midwest, particularly Michigan, throughout the early 19th Century. Their role and place in the state's development, as well as that of neighboring states like Wisconsin, Illinois and the Plains, is critical to grasping both the history and the communities our ancestors inhabited.


American Colonial Era Research

The historical "pushes" and "pulls" that encouraged trans-oceanic migration from England and the Continent will be remembered, along with the types of records present and available in New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the coastal South. We'll also reflect on the lasting impact of those early days in both the development of the American psyche and the records we seek and use in genealogical research endeavors.

The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 3:30 p.m. There will be limited seating and the event will fill up rapidly, so please buy your ticket early. The fee for the day, $40, includes the four lectures, lunch, and the option of touring the Museum's special exhibit, "Vintage Project Runway," during lunch and the afternoon break. Tickets are available at the Plymouth Historical Museum or on below using PayPal.

The Plymouth Historical Museum is located at 155 S. Main Street, one block north of downtown Plymouth. For more information, call the Museum at 734-455-8940.
 
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