September 5th Meeting
Placing Your Ancestors in Historical Context: A Tale of Two Franks
Why did your ancestor settle here? How did he get there? What was life like there? What prompted him to move? At the heart of genealogy – for me – is the answer to all of the decisions that played out to ultimately shape my life. True, many decisions are very personal – moving with family – but our ancestors lived in an ever changing world with forces pushing and pulling on their lives. We’ll look at the wonderful world of background sources, and their cousin, finding aides, to give depth.
Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. From her website: http://genealogydecoded.com
Beth Foulk is a delightful and entertaining speaker with a wealth of knowledge and resources. Come join us for her presentation.
October 3rd Meeting
Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Look at Naturalization Records
Throughout American history, immigration and naturalization laws have ebbed and flowed with the political climate. As a result, tracking down documentation and evidence of your ancestor’s path to citizenship can be a challenge. Come learn about the paperwork involved with the process and how naturalization encompassed a variety of individuals from immigrants even to the native born.
Lori Cox-Paul is the Director of Archival Operations for the National Archives at Kansas City. In this capacity she plans, develops, and executes long- and short-range plans of the archival program, including accessioning, arrangement, description, reference, preservation, and outreach programs. She supervises a staff of 14 employees. Lori has a B.A. in English and History from Hastings College and a M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. She is active in numerous professional organizations.
Midwest Genealogy Center Event Calendar
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At each of our meetings we offer an opportunity for members to "brag" about some genealogical find, for example, a long searched for grave, a missing family member, an ancestor in a ship's passenger list and the like. For bragging, you contribute $1. This fund will be accumulated and then when we have enough funds, we will have a drawing and use the money to give a member a subscription to an on-line service or a book or something else the genealogist desires. This method gives us a way to tap into all the vast experience and knowledge among our members.