Shirley Gage Hodges

14850 23 Mile Rd.
Albion, Michigan 49224-9508

Phone: (517) 629-2345

Phone: 517 712-0126


Contact between 09:00 am to 09:00 pm Eastern Time


Eaton County, Michigan, Heritage Award
2008 Library of Michigan Genealogist of the Year Award
2012 Lucy Mary Kellogg Award


Tracing Females
Census Records


Church Records: The Ties That Bind
Ethnic Migration to Michigan
Family Historian or Pack Rat
Family Skeleton or Esteemed Ancestor
Genealogy Tips and Tidbits
Immigration: The Journey to America
Little Known Facts About the Census
Making the Most of a Genealogical Research Trip
Maps, Gazetteers and Directories
Me and My Computer - What a Team
Michigan-Ontario Migration
Newspapers: A Pot of Gold
Research Facilities in the Great Lakes Area
Research Facilities in the Mid-Michigan Area
Researching Your Ohio Ancestors
Researching Your Virginia Ancestors
The Harvey Girls
The Importance of Preserving Your Family Heirlooms
The Importance of Women in the Civil War
The Internet: Blessings and Curses
The Joys of Genealogy ( Luncheon or Dinner Talk )
The Orphan Trains
The Role of Women in History
The Role of Women in World War I
There's Gold in Them Thar Hills: Did your Ancestor Go West
Tiptoeing Through the Tombstones
Township Records: An Untapped Source
Tracing Your Ancestor Through Military Records
Using Land Records in Genealogical Research
Using Vital Records to Their Full Advantage
What's in a Name
Whither Thou Goest: Tracing Your Female Ancestors
Writing Your Family History

Speaking Conditions:

Honorarium, lodging and transportation
Using PowerPoint presentations
Travel and lodging accommodations
Supply masters for handout/syllabus material

Previous Engagements:

Arizona Lecture Series 2013
Arizona Family History Expo 2011 & 2012
East Valley Chapter, AZ Family History Society, 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference 2009
Green Valley AZ Genealogical Society 2008
South Carolina Genealogical Society 2008
Illinois State Conference Oct. 2007
FGS Conference, Ft. Wayne, IN 2007
Fort Worth Public Library, Fort Worth, TX 2007
Lake Havasu Arizona Genealogical Society 2007
Ontario Genealogical Society 2005 & 2009
Ohio Genealogical Society Summer Workshop 2002-2011
Anchorage Alaska Genealogical Society 2003


Shirley has been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes and seminars both for the novice and advanced genealogist in the U. S. and Canada since 1994. She has also been a guest lecturer for several college-level programs. Visual aids, handouts and examples accompany her lectures. Although she specializes in tracing your female ancestors she covers a wide variety of topics for both the novice and advanced genealogist. Her interest in sharing her love of genealogical research and her sense of humor has delighted audiences. Shirley served as President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild from 2006-2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and local societies. She became a columnist for The Global Gazette in June 2006.

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