"Who Do You Think You Are?" comes to the Farmington Hills Library for three (3) weeks, on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 13th and running through Sept. 27th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Volunteers from the Farmington Genealogical
Society will present the best practices for locating ancestors, neighbors, friends or those cousins who haven't been heard from in a long time.
Topics to cover include the census, church records, cemeteries and newspapers, courthouse records, immigration and naturalization and military records. Participants can create family trees, write family stories to pass down or just satisfy a curiosity. Useful websites will be demonstrated and lists of different research websites, books and organizations will be distributed. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome.
For further information and to register, please call 248-553-0300 and ask for the reference desk. Learn to do family trees, family histories and other genealogy. The classes will be offered at the Farmington Community Library on Thursdays at 6:30pm in September. Register for any or all three classes. Free and open to anyone.
Thursday, September 13: Start your search. How to find and use vital records: birth and death, marriage, church and cemetery records. Keeping track of results using basic family tree and family group charts.
Thursday, September 20: Learn all things census. With the release of the 1940 census in April, there are many ways to search for relatives - or even yourself! Also learn to use historical newspaper articles, obituaries and other print materials for research.
Thursday, September 27: Immigration and naturalization records including passenger lists, border crossing records, Ellis Island records and the like are a wealth of ancestral information. Also learn to research military records, some of which go back to the Civil War.