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Michael LeClerc to Speak at Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar

18 June 2014

Michael LeClerc, chief genealogist at Mocavo, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, July 18th and 19th in Lansing, Michigan.  The Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council are the hosts for this two day seminar.

The seminar kicks off with two tours of the Archives of Michigan, at 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 18th.  Seminar go-er's will have six sessions to choose from Friday afternoon.

2:00-3:00 p.m. 

  • Researching Your Family History at the Archives of Michigan by Kris Rzepczynski
  • Church Records:  The Ties That Bind by Shirley J. Hodges
  • Road Trip! No Really, It's Not All Online! by Jessica Trotter
3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • The Genealogy of a House by Jill Arnold
  • Self-Publishing by James N. Jackson
  • He Said, She Said:  Divorce Records and the Family Historian by Bethany Waterbury
Saturday, July 19th provides attendees with six more options and two presentations by Michael LeClerc.  Those sessions are:

9:30-10:30 a.m.-Finding Your Family in Canada by Michael Leclerc

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Demystifying Michigan Court Records by Jessica Miller
  • Becoming a Family History Medical Detective by Kamila Mazurek
  • Researching Your Family History at the WMU Zhang Legacy Collections Center by Dr. Sharon Carlson
1:00-2:00 p.m.-Reading and Understanding Old Documents by Michael Leclerc

2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors by Kris Rzepczynski
  • So Your Female Ancestor Has No Surname? by Karen Krugman
  • Irish Oral Tradition: Seeking, Analyzing, and Proving by Richard Doherty
Additionally, the Archives of Michigan will be open for research 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  

Registration is required for the Seminar.  The cost to attend the two day seminar and Saturday's lunch is $50.

For more information on sessions and speakers, please go to the Seeking Michigan website.

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