ne of the genealogical societies I belong too is the Waterford Genealogical Society in Waterford, Michigan (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~miwatgs). It is a very active and progressive group. Similar to many societies, it works in conjunction with the local library.
A favorite perk from my association with the Waterford Genealogical Society and Waterford Township Public Library is their series of Saturday morning classes called Genealogy U. These free classes are run by Irv Rabideau, a retired librarian and genealogist. The fact that a large room is filled on Saturday mornings during the winter and spring attests to the fact that Mr. Rabideau (he would say to call him “Irv”) is well worth the effort. He’s funny and extremely knowledgeable. I really like his style. Check out this list of PDF handouts from his various classes. He teaches Genealogy 101, 102, 103 and 104. I like these classes so much that I have taken them twice. He also holds special classes such as French Canadian Research, Irish Research and African-American Research. Be sure to check out this link—you will come away with all sorts of goodies!
The Waterford Library also posts a helpful list of links to genealogical information on: Waterford, Oakland County, Macomb County, St. Clair County, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Texas, California, Tennessee, Canada, Immigration, Ethnic groups and general genealogy sites.
On the evening of May 4, the Waterford Genealogical Society is hosting a “lock-in” at the Waterford Public Library. This event is great fun for the genealogy-minded. You arrive for dinner followed by a series of classes. There is a break for prizes, and then you continue on with more classes. You can choose from a nice variety of topics. It’s a great way to meet other people who are hooked on this habit.
The society has a fabulous newsletter that discusses genealogical events happening in numerous places in Southern Michigan as well as Ohio. In addition, there’s a section of useful genealogy websites that have been submitted by members.
If you want to check out prior newsletters, here is the link:
The Waterford Township Public Library has a splendid selection of genealogy books, many more than you usually see in a public library. If you do a search for “genealogy” on their home page (http://www.waterford.lib.mi.us), you will see what I’m talking about. Be sure to check out the libraries in your area. National Library Week is April 14 – 20.
I belong to a number of historical and genealogical societies, but many of them are out of state so I can’t reap the full benefits of my membership. Be sure to check out your local libraries and societies. If one doesn’t thrill you, keep looking. There are plenty of small towns around you, and there can be substantial differences in their programs and outreach.
Thank you, Waterford Genealogical Society and Waterford Township Public Library!
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