December Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018 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.
Note: This meeting is being held one week later than normal due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 
Our speaker this month will be Jeffery Mason.
"What You Need to Know About Will and Estate Records"
Will and estate records contain a wealth of information about a family and are a primary source for providing proof of relationship for periods before the 1850 census records and birth/marriage/death certificates. Many will and estate records offer information as to the marital status of the deceased, the names of their children and even approximately how old each child is. This talk will discuss the information that can be found in these records as well as methods for obtaining them.
Jeff Mason has been an active genealogist for the last 40 years, researching in the Midwest as well as England & Wales. His English research has taken him to many locations in the country, including his ancestral hometowns. Jeff is a contributor to the Find-A-Grave project, as well as the administrator and co-founder of the Nason Family DNA project through
The class, beginning at 3:15 p.m. will be:
"Beginning Genealogy Part 2: Census Records and City Directories"  
This is the second in a series of three classes this season focusing on Beginning Genealogy.
tds 10/29/18


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