Oak Park, Michigan 48237
Business Phone: 248-227-0638
Odds & Ends
What are the Odds or unusual things you might find in that fill in the blanks in your ancestor's life?
There's Gold in them thar deeds
How to find your ancestor's land and what might that deed tell you regarding family relationships.
Those Dang Foreign Church Records #&%*(@>?!
Examining Swedish and French-Canadian church records. What can they tell us and how can we get through that foreign language.
Let your fingers do the walking!
Dig into city directories and see what we can learn from them. Just how much can they tell us about our ancestors and other family members? Learn what they have to say about the community where our family resided. How can that help us in our research?
Those Pesky Females
Having trouble with your female ancestor's surname? Just what was her name at birth, at death and in between.
Gram & Gramps Were from Canada eh?
This talk points out what is available to the genealogist researching these distant shores. Especially emphasizes resources for the province of Ontario.
Fasten Your Seatbelt - Genealogy on the information highway
Using the internet in your research? Look at some great sites to use and explore your search engine.
Show examples of mistakes found in vital records, obituaries, census records etc. and discuss ways to try verifying the information.
Count Your Census?
Discuss U.S. and or Canadian census records. Whatís on them, how accurate are they, what is a census year, and lots of other tidbits.
The Grave Yard Shift
Tips on how to find your ancestors burial site. Why bother? What can you find there?
Did I Say That?
Effective query and letter writing tips. Will discuss how best to approach your writing before you put pen to paper. Doís and Doníts to help you get the best results.
Sourcing: Now How Do I Do That?
Talk about what is a source, why you should source and how to source in a way thatís right for you.
Where the heck is it anyway?
Tips on how to organize and store your genealogy papers and notes. Is there a better way?
Over Wayne County Way
Researching in Detroit and Wayne County (MI) can be overwhelming. This presentation gives tips on how to find what you need, where to go or if you need to go there at all.
The walls come tumbling down.
Tips on cracking or breaking down those brick walls in your research.
Family Tree Fact or Fiction
How to determine if what you see in family trees on the internet is accurate or not. Can you trust what's printed there?
Items you never, never throw away. Let's delve into what you already have and decide what you must pass on to the younger generations.
Family History Bug
Beginning genealogy and beyond. Where do I start and what do I use along the way to get what I'm after? What should I be after?
Interested in a subject not listed? I'm working on some new talks so email me
I can provide my own projector & laptop.
I will need a screen & table.
I will supply handouts.
Please contact me for other requirements if more then 150 miles from Metro Detroit.
Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, Mi 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan 2015
Niles Public Library Family Hisotry Day, MI 2013
French Canadian heritage Society of Michigan 2013
Farmington Genealogical Society, Farmington, MI 2014
Monroe Genealogical Society Monroe, MI 2014
Ingham County Genealogical Society, Mason, MI 2013, 2014
Waterford Genealogical Society, Waterford Twp., MI 2014
Muskegon Genealogical Society, Muskegon, MI 2015
Downriver Genealogical Society, Wyandotte, MI 2015
Diane is a professional genealogist and speaker who began researching more than 30 years ago. She is a past president and newsletter editor for the Ford Genealogy Club http://fgc.dianesgenealogy.com/
Diane has published the The Cryderman Family of North America and Our Fick Family (Fick's of Lenawee & Midland Counties in Michigan). Diane provided much of the research for the privately published history of the Roberson family in Michigan. Diane & Karen Krugman transcribed and published Ford Family Cemetery which includes the final resting place of the Auto manufacturer Henry Ford. She has also assisted the Lenawee County Family Researchers in transcribing cemeteries in that county.