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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- Annual Fort Wayne Bus Trip
Registration is now open for our Annual Bus trip to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public library. Download your registration form and send it in today!
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit's Magnificient Downtown Movie Palaces
(NOTE: 3rd Thursday this month)
Annual Heritage Dinner at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.)
additional dinner details will be available in April.
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).