September Meeting; Sunday September 26, 2021

Our September meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom beginning at 1:30.  A zoom link and information on how to join the meeting will be sent to members one week prior to the event. Non-members wishing to attend may send a request by  Thursday September 23rd to 

Program: "Beyond Dry Facts: Telling Your Ancestor's Story" by Laura Hedgecock 

Genealogical storytelling requires a transition from researcher to writer. Learn down-to-earth strategies to help you write compelling, relatable stories about your ancestors. 

    Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, speaker, and GeneaBlogger. She is passionate about helping others tell personal, family, and ancestor stories. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serves  as secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and Detroit Working Writers, and is President of the 3400+ member GeneaBloggers Organization. 

Laura's  book, Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of your Life, guides and empowers memory collectors with down-to-earth, practical advice and creative ideas. Her website,, provides practical advice on preserving and sharing memories and family stories.

Class: "Land Patent Records & Bureau of Land Management Website" by  Annette Baker

Annette BakerLearn how to use the General Land Office Records on the Bureau of Land Management Website and  land tract book records at to find your ancestors who obtained public lands from the United States government.  

Annette Baker lives with her husband, Ken, in Rowe, New Mexico.  She has  lived in New Mexico for 13 years, moving there from Wellington, Ohio.  Annette is a member of  the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), The First Families of Ohio (FFO) of The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), Society of the Families of the Northwest Territories (SFONT of OGS), and Santa Fe County Genealogy  Society in New Mexico.  She is the mother of 3 adult children:  Brandi Kiehl, Ian Baker (US Navy veteran), and Sergeant Grant Baker (active duty US Army).

2021-2022 Lectures and Classes

Click here for information about our meetings and the meeting schedule through May 2022.


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