Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Free and Pay LiveStreamed Sessions from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

If you have some free time on June 6 through June 8 the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is hosting its 45th Annual Jamboree -- a genealogy conference. For the second year, the society will also hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014 a one-day conference which will be held on June 5.

BUT you do not have to travel afar to experience the conference. This year, various sessions will be Live Streamed for those who could not travel to the conference. Fourteen sessions will be streamed for free while five sessions from the DNA one-day conference will be streamed for a nominal fee. 

The SCGS has a webpage dedicated to the Jamboree and an announcement detailing which sessions will be Live Streamed. The announcement also has the links to register for each of the Live Streamed Sessions. Handouts are available through an app that works on a variety of devices.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Mt Clemens Public Library's Holiday Closure Days for Next Week

It seems Spring just arrived ... now Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner.

For those of you that visit the Mount Clemens Public Library, please take note that the library will be closed Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26. The library will reopen on Tuesday, May 27, with its standard hours.

Holiday hours previously announced did not include Friday.

See you soon at the Mount Clemens Public Library!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

MCGG Surnames List has been Updated and Added to this Blog Site

The MCGG Surnames List was recently updated. And the updated list is now on this blog site! See the Surnames by Name and Surnames by Location pages and use your browser's find feature or manually scroll the list.

Macomb County Genealogy Group Members have the option of adding the surnames they are researching to the MCGG Surnames List. This list is another way for other researchers to find you. Contact is made through a special email so your own email is not given out unless you desire it.

Please note: the prior version of the MCGG Surname List is still on our website hosted at Rootsweb. That prior list will either be updated or removed in the near future.

See you soon at the Mount Clemens Public Library!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting topic is My Best Research Trip

This Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is My Best Research Trip. Let's share our best research trips and maybe inspire some for this Summer.

ALSO, June's meeting is our Annual Summer Pot-luck and Silent Auction of Genealogy Materials. If you have any items to donate, mark the bag with "Genealogy." You can bring it to any remaining meeting or drop it off at the library's information desk. All proceeds raised go to support the Genealogy and History Room.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Follow up to Friday's Meeting

We hope you enjoyed the presentation on the Suburban Library Co-Op's Digital Archive.

You can search the digital archive using the catalog of any participating library in the Co-op. To keep your search focused only on the digital archive, change the focus from "Everything" to "Local History Search."

A quick tutorial on how to search the digital archive is available on the genealogy page of the Mount Clemens Public Library's website. At the fourth bullet point down there is a "click here" to reach the tutorial.

To find similar digital archives or collections for other localities, first search for a library or archive in the locality you are seeking. Then review that library or archive's website for a link to a digital archive or collection.

One site Deborah Larsen showed at the end was, the Ontario Library Consortium. Not all Ontario counties participate at this time. But it is worth looking through. 

Also, at the end we talked about a really neat website with digitized newspapers. Fulton History is run by one man and is free though donations are accepted. At the bottom of the left-hand column, just above the crawling "spider" with a human face, is a scrolling list of links. On link takes you to a help page. Another link takes you to index of the newspapers included in the database. (At the top of the page you can download the list as a Microsoft Excel file.) There is also a link to a separate historical photos section. Here is a YouTube video about the man and his computer system behind the Fulton History website.

Have fun searching for your hidden gems!

See you soon at the Mount Clemens Public Library!