Benzie Area Genealogy Society

"Genealogists do not gather facts, but breathe life
into all  that have gone before them"
                 Family Tree Magazine
Next Monthly General Meeting will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020

DNA Cluster Group

This is a new group that will be meeting the
3rd Monday of each month from 1:00pm -3:00pm

First Meeting is Monday, Oct 21st!

at the Benzonia Public Library  (in conference room) 
 891 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616

We will share our findings and help with
understanding the results, along with new 
technologies and more!

There is no cost for this event and it is open to the Public!

Free Webinars​




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                                                                                          October 2019 

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Protecting privacy online is a continuing concern. Family historians need to decide what personal and family history information we'd like to keep private while still sharing with cousins and other researchers. Learn more about what controls online privacy and what methods and tools are available to give us the best chance to protect our privacy choices.

Fri, Oct 25, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Do you have ancestry with membership in the Eastern Star? The Daughters of Rebekah? or another woman’s fraternal organization. This lecture focuses on those female fraternal auxiliaries and the rich genealogical material of family members who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies.

Wed, Oct 30, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, filenaming, captioning, and sharing.

November 2019

Tue, Nov 5, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Australia (and the rest of the world), is very fortunate to have free access to Trove - a website of the National Library of Australia. Trove contains many digitised newspapers, some from all the Australian States and Territories up to 1954. While not every paper ever printed has been digitsed there is a wide selection. But the Trove site is not just newspapers but also has Picture Australia, theses, maps, now the New South Wales and Commonwealth Government Gazettes. There are a number of ways to make your search more directed and ways to organise your research using the site.

Wed, Nov 6, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Learn how and when ethnicity estimates can be useful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery will be covered. This talk covers: 1. How ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect 2. Differences between the DNA testing companies 3. Additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates 4. How to identify situations in which they can be very helpful 5. Several examples where ethnicity estimates helped solve a genealogy mystery will be covered.

Wed, Nov 13, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

The National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, was established by an act of Congress in 1865. The purpose of the home system (initially called the National Asylum) was to provide for the care of the large number of wounded and disabled veterans from the Civil War. Records of kinship and other treasures abound in these records—over 400,000 records of these veterans are online free of charge. The home from its inception was intended to be more like a planned community of today, than a simple home and hospital. Extensive amenities and vocational training were provided. The largest branch and showpiece of the system was the Central Branch at Dayton, Ohio, Eventually growing to 11 homes or branches spread across the country, they are today Veteran’s Administration hospitals. Additionally, state and Confederate homes were established. We will also discuss strategies for finding these records.

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know
Tue, Nov 19, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

November is Native American Heritage Month and what better time to delve into Native American research. Learn about records, libraries, archives, websites, and databases and analyzing what you find. Be prepared for some surprises on where you might find more about this amazing heritage.

Wed, Nov 20, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

The borders of German-speaking lands in Europe followed a non-linear pattern that is at first difficult to unpack. Learn about the gamut of on- and off-line tools to overcome this difficulty.

Fri, Nov 22, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Anything handled by a court of law is lengthy, and that is good for genealogical research. Documents containing information about a death date, relationships, personal and/or real property, and place of residence are common in intestate files. Learn about the court process from first petition to final discharge, and picture what home

December 2019

Tue, Dec 3, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Wed, Dec 4, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied.

Wed, Dec 11, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.

Tue, Dec 17, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States.

Wed, Dec 18, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar.

January 2020

Wed, Jan 22, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Leave this class armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient.

For all webinars - once you register, you receive an email notice 1-2 days before the
 webinar and then a final reminder about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you.  
Webinars do have a limit to the number of participants so log in early so you get a spot! 
You can register for as many webinars as you want in advance!