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Saturday, October 21
Scotch Irish Research  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
“Scotch Irish Research” - Derek Blount will review some of the records now available after the fire in the 1922 destroyed 700 years of records. Derek will do a review of online records and records still not digitized and how to find them.
Derek Blount is a professional genealogist with his own business, “Lost Branches”. He has worked for 29 years on his family genealogy traveling America, Canada and United Kingdom gathering records, visiting cemeteries and churches. He holds a B.S. degree from Oakland University and has completed course work at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg. He also serves as Vice President of the Oakland County Genealogical Society and is also on the Board of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research. He holds memberships in the Association of Genealogical Professionals and the Society of Genealogists in London. Derek also serves as the Genealogist for the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit.

Saturday, November 18
Beyond Dry Facts: Telling Your Ancestors’ Story  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, speaker, and GeneaBlogger obsessed with family history and passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. Maybe that’s because she came to family history via storytelling.

She’s the author of two books (so far). Blogging for Family History: How Launch a Blogsite and Make It Successful, guides family historians as they choose a website-building platform through making their blog or website shine. Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life guides and empowers memory collectors and family storytellers with down-to-earth, practical storytelling advice and creative ideas for preserving and sharing personal and family stories.

Along with Pat Richley-Erickson (aka DearMYRTLE), Hedgecock heads up the leadership team for GeneaBloggersTRIBE, a group of 3100+ online genealogy content providers. Ms. Hedgecock’s website is full of family history and storytelling resources and her blog ( is all about preserving and sharing memories and stories. A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Mrs. Hedgecock enjoys speaking at workshops for retirees, local genealogy clubs and events, and on the radio, spreading the message that personal and family narratives connect loved ones with their family and ancestry.

In addition, Ms. Hedgecock serves as a webmaster for various websites, frequently guest-posts at other genealogy sites, and serves as an officer for Detroit Working Writers and her local Toastmaster’s club.

When she’s not writing or playing webmaster, Ms. Hedgecock enjoys spending time with her husband, playing soccer, nature photography, and finding her roots—which might explain her messy house.