Monday, March 19, 2012

Upcoming Event : Navigating the 1890 Gap, March 26

If you've been one that has been genealogically frustrated by the "missing" 1890 United State federal census, you may want to attend, "Navigating the 1890 Gap : Research With State Census Records," a free program sponsored by the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society, Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Kris Rzepczynski
Presented by Kris Rzepczynski, Library of Michigan, professional genealogist and lecturer, this talk will be of special interest to all genealogists who have missing family members because of the lack of 1890 Federal Census.  The original data for most of the 1890 Census is no longer available because almost all the population schedules were damaged in a fire in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. in 1921. The fire destroyed 25% of the materials and another 50% were damaged by smoke and water.  The surviving original federally held 1890 census records were destroyed by government order during the 1930s. The only schedules that have survived are a handful of population schedules that weren't in federal hands, and some special enumerations.

Kris is currently the Michigan Coordinator at the Library of Michigan and has worked there for more than 11 years.  In addition to his work-related duties, he is a passionate genealogist and has presented at national, state, and local conferences, including the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ohio Genealogical Society, Public Library Association, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Library Association, and dozens of local genealogical societies. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Historical Society of Michigan, Historical Society of Greater Lansing, Michigan Library Association, and is a Past President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.      

Preceding the general meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Mr. Rzepczynski will also present a “Family History Essentials” class where he will talk briefly about the Library of Michigan, his role there and some of the resources available to genealogists.  He will also spend a few minutes on some of his research successes. 

All meetings of the genealogy society are free to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information contact the society.

Nameless Picture of the Day
 unknown woman
Can you identify the woman in this tintype?  Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.