Thursday, July 10, 2008



The Library of Michigan's 2008 Abrams Genealogy Seminar - "Piecing Together Our Past" - will take place Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing.

Dr. George K. Schweitzer, author of nearly 20 genealogical research books and a frequent speaker well known for his use of period costumes, will present Saturday's keynote address - "Tracing Ancestors Back Across the Atlantic" - co-sponsored by the Ingham County Genealogical Society. Dr. Schweitzer will give a second program, on Civil War genealogy, later on Saturday.

Participants may mix and match sessions from two research tracks. The first focuses on popular research topics and highlights resources at the Library of Michigan, including: Revolutionary War research, Michigan death records, and using city directories and newspapers for genealogical research. The second track features sessions spotlighting the collections at the Library of Michigan and other Michigan research institutions, including the Archives of Michigan, the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, the Public Libraries of Saginaw, and the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven.

Registration for the 2008 Abrams Genealogy Seminar is $40, which includes a boxed lunch on Saturday and a seminar syllabus. Ingham County Genealogical Society (ICGS) members are eligible for a discounted registration rate of $25.

The Sheraton Lansing Hotel (925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing) is offering a special discounted rate of $89 for participants. Call (517) 323-7100 for reservations, and mention the Abrams Genealogy Seminar to receive the discount.

The complete schedule of events and registration form for the Abrams Genealogy Seminar are available here. If you have any questions, please contact the Library of Michigan's Special Collections Services at (517) 373-1300. The Library of Michigan is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., two blocks west of the State Capitol in downtown Lansing. The main entrance and visitor parking are located north of Kalamazoo Street, just east of M.L. King Boulevard.

If anyone has additional questions about the Abrams Genealogy Seminar, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.


Kris Rzepczynski
Genealogy Coordinator
Library of Michigan

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