43rd ANNUAL SPRING SEMINAR by the GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF MONROE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
March 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
On Saturday, March 21, 2020 The Monroe County Community College – Administration and Student Services Building 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161 will be the venue for the 43rd Annual Spring Seminar by the Genealogical Society of Monroe County from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The seminar will feature keynote speaker Kristine Smets.
Kristine Smets, founder and sole researcher at Chainlines LLC, holds a history degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, a Masters of Arts in History degree from Kent State University and a Masters in Library Science degree, also from Kent State University. A native of Antwerp, Belgium, Kristine is fluent in English, Dutch and French and makes frequent research trips abroad.
The seminar is open to attendees of all experience levels and backgrounds. Registration is fee is $30 for those registering by March 11th, and $35 for late registrations. A complete schedule and registration information are available on the Genealogical Society of Monroe County, MI website, https://gsmcmi.org/cpage.php?pt=75
The program includes four, one hour, sessions:
Immigrants from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg
Who were they? Why did they leave? When did they arrive? How did they get here? Where did they settle? This lecture hopes to answer all your questions about immigration from the Low Countries to North America.
How to Find U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Records
Learn how to find clues about your 19th and 20th century ancestors’ immigration in records such as passenger databases, port of departure lists, border crossing reports, passport applications, naturalization petitions and more.
Introduction to Researching Your Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg Ancestors
This lecture will provide an overview of the most important records in these three countries, show you what you can find on-line, and help you interpret the documents even if you don’t know Dutch, French or German.
Going Beyond: Using Other Records to Tell Your Low Countries’ Ancestors Story
While civil registration and parish records in Belgium and The Netherlands allow the genealogist to go back many generations, there are other records that can help you fill in the details of your ancestor’s life. This lecture will show you how population registers, military records, land records and more, can bring your family history to life.