Monday, July 18, 2011

Upcoming Event : Local "House of David " Author & DNA in Genealogy, July 25

Clare Adkin, local author of Brother Benjamin : a history of the Israelite House of David, will be the speaker for the next meeting of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS), Monday, July 25, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur.

In addition to answering questions about his former book, Mr. Atkin will also discuss his newest release, Quiet Guilt : The State of Michigan v. StarrBoth books will be available to view and copies of the newest  available for sale, autographed if desired.  In 2010, Clare also wrote Memories of Iddles School [Allegan County, Michigan], enumerating memories of his time there, presenting a history of the school and some of the teachers and students.  A copy of the Iddles School book will be available for viewing.

About Clare's latest book, Bob Myers, noted historian and Curator of the History Center in Berrien Springs writes, "Here's a novel that reads like history - good history, the kind of tale you can't put down.  Clare Adkin captures the feel of Michigan during the Great Depression in an intermingled tale of love and courtroom drama, using historical details that brings the era and the characters to life..."

Mr. Atkin has Master of Arts In History & Social Sciences degrees from Western Michigan University & Michigan State University.   In addition to the above books, he has also written several articles for Michigan History Magazine and other area publications.  For more information regarding his writings and resume visit his website.

Immediately preceding the program will be a "Family History Essentials" mini-class entitled DNA in Genealogy, presented by Pam Pender at 6 p.m. 

Both programs, sponsored by VBRGS, are open and free to the public.   Contact the society for more information.

Nameless Picture of the Day

 Cabinet card of young woman,
photographer - McCullum & Cunningham, Dowagiac, Michigan

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