October Meeting

    Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the Education Center Auditorium of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The meeting is free and open to the public. 
Our speaker will be Katherine Willson
Join us this month as Katherine Willson gives us two presentations.
"They Didn't All Come Through Ellis Island!  Finding and Analyzing Passenger Lists" 
If as many ancestors came through Ellis Island as families are led to believe, the island would have sunk!  Learn about the multiple points of departure from Europe, ports of entry into the U.S., how to find passenger records online, and how to analyze these lists as a means of filling in your ancestors’ life stories.  
During the Class time at 3:30 pm, Katherine Willson will present:
"Finding Living Relatives (Reverse Genealogy): Who, Where & Why"
Let’s step away from researching our deceased ancestors and attempt to locate living relatives who might be in possession of Great-Great-Grandma’s family Bible, photos of Civil War ancestors, or letters written from the home country.  We’ll discuss online sites that allow us to look for potential living relatives at no cost and methods for contacting them without sounding like a scammer or a phisher!
Katherine Willson is a highly-acclaimed and professionally-trained national public speaker and professional genealogist. She gives keynote addresses, conference presentations & facilitates genealogical workshops. Katherine has been teaching all levels of genealogy research for the past twelve years. Her passion for genealogy combined with practical and creative strategies keeps Katherine’s audience actively participating in her engaging presentations! Katherine is a member of the GSWC and currently serves on the board.
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