February Meeting

    Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 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 Bethany Waterbury. 
 "Grandma Was Adopted? Using Adoption Resources and DNA Testing to Build the Family Tree" 
If you have an adoption or unknown parentage event in your family, you know how challenging it can be to fill those branches on your family tree. Depending on the state and time period, adoption records can be extensive or non-existent. Increasingly, genealogists are successfully turning to DNA testing to work around restrictions on access to adoption records. This talk will explain which records are available to genealogical researchers during different time periods and provide information to determine whether DNA testing might provide the answers you are looking for.
Bethany Waterbury, owner of Next of Kin research, is a full-time professional genetic genealogist. She specializes in the use of DNA testing, along with other research techniques, to resolve complex kinship problems, especially for adoptees and others of unknown parentage. She also identifies missing or unknown heirs for probate cases across the country. Ms. Waterbury is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the National Genealogical Society where she serves on the NGS Committee on Genetic Genealogy.
The class beginning at 3:30 pm will be: 
"African-American Churches in Washtenaw County"  presented by Omer Jean Winborn.
tds 1/24/17

Connie Olson receives the Lucy Mary Kellogg Award

We want to congratulate Connie Olson on her being awarded the Lucy Mary Kellogg award for 2016 by the Michigan Genealogical Council.
ECR 11/14/2016 

Click Here to download a complete Schedule of our 2016-17 Programs.


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