I made it to my room monitor assignment by 7:30 a.m. and the doors were open and the room half full, what the heck? Oh, well, I guess there were some early risers. Jill K. Morelli presented, Glory to God! Dutch Christian Reformed Church: Online, Parish and Archives Records. Ms. Morelli spent a lot of time on the history of the church and toward the end talked about the records available at Calvin College.
This session was followed by Migration Patterns of Germans within America by Sharon Cook MacInnes. Three phases (1607-1805; 1815-1871; after 1871) were discussed and migration tips provided for each phase. My German ancestry came during two phases, one came in the early phase and came into Pennsylvania. Later, around 1874, my other German ancestor arrived. Resources for each phase was provided.
One of the holes in my Michigan research knowledge is the records of the Northwest Territory and when I saw Early Land Records in Michigan and the Old Northwest Territory by Angela McGhie, I knew I would be sitting in the Grand Gallery AB room for this one. This was one of my favorite presentations. It was also a session that I met up with two Calhoun County friends. Ms. McGhie talked about land entry resources, timelines for each territory, statistics, types of records available, where to find these records, and more. I was so excited when I left this session that I went immediately to the Bureau of Land Management vendor table and used their database and had a couple of certificates printed!
- Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide.
- Genealogy and the Law by Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich
- The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide by James M. Beidler
- Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors by Ian Maxwell