Saturday, June 2, 2012

Upcoming Feature Event : Ancestry Day, July 14 comes to Southwest Michigan!  The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is sponsoring a day-long event, Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Lawrence, Michigan, featuring representatives from, Loretto Szucs and Juliana Szucs Smith.

Loretto Szucs
We can all agree that Ancestry has become a genealogical household word and the first thought when doing online family history study.  Ancestry Day is a golden opportunity for area historians to get together for a day of useful information and comradery with other researchers.  I had the pleasure of attending Fort Wayne's Ancestry Day last July, an experience that I wrote about in the August 8 and August 11 posts of this blog.

In what is truly one of the most affordable events of its kind, VBRGS brings Ancestry to the Van Buren Conference Center, Lawrence, for the minimal cost of $20.00 per person.  This fee includes five lecture sessions, a full banquet luncheon, and automatic entry into a drawing for a free World Deluxe subscription to, a Family Tree Maker software package, and a variety of other door prizes.  In addition, VBRGS will have a large display of local history materials for view and sale.

Loretto Szucs is a widely known genealogical lecturer and author, appearing at most national genealogical conferences.  Some of her more noted written works include Chicago & Cook County : a guide to research, Ellis Island : tracing your family through America's gateway, Hidden Sources : family history in unlikely places, They Became Americans : finding naturalization records and ethnic origins, and perhaps her most noted, The Source : a guidebook of American genealogy.

Juliana Smith
Juliana Smith, Loretto's daughter, has made her own place in the genealogical world, having given lectures around the country.   Both Juliana and Loretto will be in attendance for the day, and as time permits will be available to answer questions.

Lectures for the July 13 Ancestry Day will include:
  • Find Them Fast : Searching for Your Family on
  • A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project
  • Midwestern Resources on
  • Hidden Treasures at
Whether you're a frequent user of, have been thinking about becoming a subscriber, or just love to use the internet for your family history research, you won't want to miss Ancestry Day. 

To register, you can visit the VBRGS website and sign up online, or print out the form and mail it in.  In either case, space is limited and the deadline for registration is July 6.  This blogger hopes to see you there!

Nameless Picture of the Day
 Unidentified couple
Photographer - Blair, Allegan
From the collection of Gloria (Goodrich) Krogel

Can you identify the young couple in this photo?  Do you have knowledge of the photographer?  Please contact us if you any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the five character catalog number with your e-mail. 

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