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Saturday, May 20 through Saturday, May 20
Regular Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Madison Heights Library, 240 W. 13 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071 Phone: 248-588-7763
Tom Koselka will present his talk on "Should I Join A Genealogy Society?" and "Rookie Mistakes".
The first talk:   Researching is like solving any other puzzle.  The buddy system works and many hands make light work.  By becoming a member of a genealogy society where you live, one can take advantage of the educational opportunities and mentorship of experienced family historians near your home.  Joining a genealogical society where your ancestors are from unlocks many of the hidden treasures known to those who live and conduct research in your area of interest.  Yes, you can do research from a distance with the right helping hands.  The road to the treasure of your family history can be best traveled by those who know and understand what local and unique resources are available - and how to find them!.
The second part of this program, Rookie Mistakes And How To Avoid Them,  is designed for beginning genealogists.
A brief business meeting will precede Tom's talk including election of officers for the 2017-2019 term.
Please join us.
04/10/2017  tk

Saturday, June 17 through Saturday, June 17
Regular Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This month we are on the road to Lansing for a research trip to the Library of Michigan and Archives.
 We can meet at 10:00 a.m in the snack room for a brief orientation and coffee if you like.  Come prepared to use the collections in the Library and Archives. 
Seeking Michigan will help you to prepare for your trip by using the guides and Answer catalog:   http://seekingmichigan.org/
The library has a great newspaper collection, the J. William Gorski Collection which contains many church jubilee books and maps.  You might want to research in the Archives instead.   Seating is limited; please let us know if you plan to spend most of your time in the Archives.  This will help to plan staffing for the day.
If you have any questions, please contact me at vkoselka.pgsm@gmail.com
See you there!
It is best to car pool for this event. 

Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 16
Regular meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
St. Clair Shores Library, 22500 Eleven Mile Road, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48081
Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, PhD,  is an award-winning Polish-American historian, scholar, author, professor and co-founder of the Piast Institute located in Hamtramck, Michigan. His presentation is entitled:  Immigrant Women and Their Daughters:  The Polish Experience. 
Join us. 

Saturday, October 28 through Saturday, October 28
Annual Seminar  (Monthly Meetings)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 East Maple Road, Troy, MI 48083
Sophie Hodorowicz Knab is the author of The Polish Country Kitchen, Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore, Polish Herbs, Flowers & Folk Medicine, Polish Wedding Customs & Tradition and Polish First Names.
Sophie will present a talk based on her latest book:  "Wearing the Letter P:  Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945.  
The second talk will focus on Polish customs and traditions. 
The Ties that Bind: Connecting with our Ancestors through Polish Customs and Traditions
There are many ways to connect with our roots. Besides the geneology tree, the documents and ship manifests what are your other links to your ancestors? Is it a particular dish or meal? Is it a place? An action? An object?  This presentation will look at different ways of incorporating something of Polish customs and traditions into our everyday lives or on special days as a way of bringing us closer our ancestors. Don't have a custom or tradition? Perhaps this presentation will inspire you to start one!
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is the author of From Shepherds to Shoemakers, her blog about Polish genealogical strategies and personal experiences, speaker at various meetings and seminars and assists many researchers on the Facebook group, Polish Genealogy and Genealogy Translations.  
Julie will present her talk:  "I Found My Village! Now What?" Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources". The second presentation is entitled:  "The Ins and Outs of Geneteka: How it Works, and How to Use it Most Effectively".
Seminar registration details to follow.

Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, November 18
regular meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Plymouth District Library
Kathy Petlewski will present her talk called:  Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors' Arrival to the United States. 
Join us for the last meeting of the year.