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GLADWIN COUNTY – Our Genealogical Society meeting was full of new research information.  President Barb Curtindale chaired the meeting and introduced the Library Director, John Clexton, who has held the position for approximately six months. John talked about multiple changes coming up in the near future for the library, but stated our Genealogy Society will have only one major change. We have six computers in our genealogy room that all operate on the Windows 7 program. As of January of 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and will be at risk for virus and corruption attacks, and valuable records could be lost or destroyed. Our antiquated equipment needs to be replaced by Windows 10 operational computers at a cost of over $600 per computer. Because we are operating under a joint venture with the Library, we ask our readers to please help us out, if possible, with this expense. Anyone wishing to help meet our promised objective, please send a donation, or donate a Windows 10 computer,  to the Gladwin County Genealogical Society Inc. These donations will help us continue to operate at a high-quality level.  

We were afforded a presentation by two members who were the acting delegates to the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar that was held in July. Both gave informational reports about several learning sessions that they attended. Two of the most notable pieces of information we wish to relay to all researchers is that all Michigan counties have been mandated to share their probate records with Michigan Archives. Also, the website, SeekingMichigan.org is moving all its digital archives to Michiganology.org. Please take note that this process is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.  

Our next general membership meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Gladwin County Library.

Our Gladwin County Genealogical Society Inc. has teamed up with the Mid Michigan Community College for instructional genealogy classes.

Dates, Times and Cost

Oct. 24, 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 7, Nov. 12, Nov. 14, Nov. 19, and Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harrison Campus, Technical Education Center and the cost is $35 per person.

Class Description

In this life long learning class, you will be instructed and guided through your family history on the web. You will learn fascinating things about your ancestors such as when they came to America, where they came from, the struggles they had to endure, their successes, occupations, medical histories, and much more. You will also learn what free websites can be researched from home. Please bring paper and pencils (with erasers).

Also bring any known family information of yourself, parents, grandparents, etc. – where they were born, lived, and their nationality. You will be provided genealogy forms that will help you organize your family tree. The more experienced researchers should bring their ancestor charts.

Instructors will be Barb Curtindale and Bill Boyd. Barb is current president of both the Gladwin County Genealogical Society and the Harrison Area Genealogical Society. As well, she is Historian of the Michigan Council and has over 45 years experience in researching genealogy. Bill has nearly 15 years of research experience and is the current vice-president of the Gladwin County Genealogical Society Inc. Likewise, he is a member of a world research team. Both Barb and Bill taught genealogy at the Gladwin Middle School for three years. The instructors will be aided by other researchers from our society.

Questions? Can be referred to Stacy Carlstrom, at lifelonglearning@midmich.edu or 989-386-6651, or by calling the Gladwin County Library at 989-426-8221.

Registration can be done online at – midmich.edu/lifelonglearning. 

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