Farmington Genealogical Society

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Our website will provide interesting articles and helpful ideas on pursuing your personal research.  We plan to update the website frequently, so please check back often.
If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you'd like to pass along, please feel free to send us an email.  Click on the "Contacts" tab for the proper person to address.
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The Farmington Genealogical Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May except December at the Downtown Branch of the Farmington Library, located at 23500 Liberty Street in Farmington, Michigan.  We begin our meetings at 6:30 pm with discussion of our research -- both good and bad, giving each other encouragement as well as solutions.  The time for our speaker is 7:00 pm.
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The Library is one block west of Farmington Road and 1 block south of Grand River.   There is parking at the library and behind the businesses that face the west side of Farmington Road, as well as a parking lot just south of the library, behind the CVS store.

Seeking Michigan Adds New Death Records

The Archives of Michigan is thrilled to announce that images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 - 1939 are now available for free at Seeking Michigan:  The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted.  Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available at the site for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for Michigan ancestors.
This 1921-1952 collection of death certificates and indexes, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and FamilySearch, covers a critical period in the growth and development of Michigan.  Here, researchers will find evidence of the influx of Eastern European immigration, the emergence of Detroit as the automotive capital of the world, and a state crippled by the Great Depression.  Those ancestors that immigrated to Michigan, worked the assembly line, and sturggled to make ends meet can all be found here.
An individual's last name, first name, county and township/village/city of death, birth year, age, and parents' names are all indexed and searchable.  Additional information, including the decedent's occupation, cause of death, burial location, and birthplace is listed on the certificate itself.
Michigan death records from 1807-1952 are now all in one place, for free!  And, as luck would have it, Seeking Michigan is also celebrating its 6th birthday today.
Enjoy and happy searching!

The Detroit News Indexes

The Archives of Michigan received well over 1 million index cards from The Detroit News at the end of 2014.  These cards have been scanned into batches of 500 - 1000 cards per PDF file.  The tables of files are organized alphabetically by starting and ending subject.  These index cards appear to cover from the beginning of The Detroit News into the late 1990s.
The Archives of Michigan does not have microfilm of The Detroit Newspaper at this time.  Because the cards are organized by subject, be prepared to look for different but related subjects if the first subject you try doesn't yield a result.

Passenger and Crew List Indexes

The Passenger and Crew List Indexes are now ready to examine.  
Check out the index of those who crossed into Michigan from Canada between February 1901 and December 1952.  There are instructions to order a copy of those you are interested in when you click on the "Passenger and Crew List Indexes" button on the left.   

A New Genealogy Radio Station

There is a new radio station in town just for genealogists.  The program will be on WCXI, 1160 AM on Saturday evenings from 5-6 pm. The station is located in Southfield and covers a large area.
The goal is to entertain and inform the public about researching their ancestry, do's and don't's, linking historical events and the lives of their ancestors, local historical society events, and so forth.
Anyone who is on the program is free to talk about their organization and any events they would like the public to know about.
Give it a listen!

"Breaking Brick Walls with Facebook's 5,000+ Genealogy Groups"
Tue - 01/19/2016
National public speaker and professional genealogist, Katherine R. Willson, will present the many faces of a favorite resource among genealogical researchers -- that of Facebook.  With the formation of thousands of regional and surname-specific genealogy groups, Facebook is quickly breaking down brick walls that have blocked researchers.  You will be guided through the process of creating an account, joining groups, and managing notifications.  Come see how you can find your family!
"Life In An Asylum"
Tue - 02/16/2016
FGS member, Maureen Prest, gives a brief description of the history of th psychiatric institutions from the medieval era until today.  Focsing on the emergence of the public lunatic asylums, we will learn about the notion of charitable institutions, and the business of caring for those with mental illness.  The humanitarium reforms, emergence of physical and drug therapies leading to profound changes in the care of those with mental illness will be described.  Maureen will conclude with the movement in the 20th century leading to deinstitutionalization.  
"Goodgle Earth and Genealogy"
Tue - 03/15/2016
Lunatech 3D's own, Doug Willett, will show us the wonderful aspects of using Google to learn more about the neighborhood of our ancestors -- both present and especially those areas of long ago.  He'll show us how to overlay maps from two centuries ago with today's maps and show us how to interpret those images.