Genealogy

Genealogy @ Your Library: Cemeteries and Census

Census and cemetery records are two of the most common resources for finding genealogy information and can be accessed through your own computer.  However, knowing what you are looking for and how to use these records to full advantage is key.  Join Barbara Snow of the Washtenaw County Genealogical Society as she shows tips and tricks for getting the most out of your genealogy research.  

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 27 -
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Room

Genealogy 101

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Have you always wanted to look for your ancestor's but didn't know where to start?  Join us on Wednesday, July 20 from 10:00 am until noon for a beginner’s look at how to use census, birth, marriage, and death records to start your family research. 

Upcoming sessions

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Investigate History at the Library


Make use of our genealogy and Michigan history resources at the library. Our database page has links to  

genealogy resources like Ancestry.com (in-library use only), HeritageQuest, and Seeking Michigan. If you're looking for Michigan history, we can help there, too. Our history resources include MeL Michigana, which gathers several online historical archives and collections in one place.

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All resources are available for use within the library. Those you can access from home may require you to log-in with your Canton Public Library card. 

Family History Sleuth: Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

“Fun”damentals of Digital Photos

Join us Thursday, August 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Internet Lab and learn how to make digital photos from old snapshots so you can email them to family and friends or share them on your Facebook page. And if you have digital photos being held “hostage” inside your cell phone or digital camera, this class will show you how to set them free! Also, learn basic editing techniques to make your good pictures look great. Then explore a few of the endless creative possibilities for using and sharing your photos. This beginner-level class includes some hands-on computer training. Prerequisite: Basic computer, mouse and Internet skills.

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Who Are Your Ancestors?

Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will show us the tools and data bases available to Canton Public Library users to find our long, lost relatives.  Find out why you are especially handy in the kitchen, have a burning passion for politics or can create beautiful art pieces from virtually nothing.  Was it because of your great, great grandparent?  Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM and learn how to find your answers. 

Resources for the Beginning Genealogist

Many beginning genealogists struggle to get started with their research. It's difficult to know where to begin. The Library of Michigan has a wealth of information for genealogists in all phases of their research. If you're researching here at the Canton Public Library, be sure to use our genealogy databases HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only). Here are some great books to start your research as well:

The handybook for genealogists: United States of America

Organizing your family history search: efficient & effective ways to gather and protect your genealogical research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Evidence explained: citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Discover Your Unique Family History!

Ancestry Library Edition makes searching for your family history much easier. The new version features search forms with an improved look and feel; location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties; map filters; name filters with Soundex; improved country and state pages. Give it a try if you are looking for U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals, books, photos and more.

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