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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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
TITLE: COME HOME (TAR ABHAILE)  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club 2068 Michigan Ave Detroit MI 48216

My name is Mike Kelly, born and raised in the Detroit area. I spent the first six months of my life at 5656 Christiancy Ave., tucked behind Holy Redeemer Church at the corner of Vernor and Junction. Both my parents were raised in the area and attended Holy Redeemer High School. The first connection to the Detroit area was my grandfather Joseph J. Kelly born in Galway. He came to the area in the early 1900’s and that’s where my Kelly story begins.

I attended St Monica elementary School in Northwest Detroit and later attended Catholic Central High School..yes, when it was in Detroit. I went on to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Special Education. Eventually I earned a Masters degree in Learning Disabilities and an additional two endorsements.

I retired in 2010 after teaching for 39 years, all in Special Ed. and most years with Farmington Public Schools. I married my High School sweetheart Rose in 1971, we have two children and currently two grandsons.

So why Genealogy?? Love of history to start combined with enough family stories to pique my curiosity, a pride in my Irish heritage, and the need to find out more about my Irish story.

Little did I know that when this this adventure began nine years ago that I would have not only have the opportunity and Blessing to connect with my Galway cousins, but also an invitation to

"Come Home"!

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club 2068 Michigan Ave Detroit MI 48216
It all started when Ontario native, Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS, wanted the girls in her local Girl Guide group to learn about their heritage. Why not teach them about researching their family history? To do so, Kathryn first had to learn how to research her own Canadian, English and Welsh ancestry.

That was over 18 years ago, and today, Kathryn is an author, educator, speaker and professional genealogist specialising in finding your ancestors in Canada. She is the owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.

The author of Digging Your Canadian Roots, as well as fifteen mini-research guides featuring Canadian genealogy, Kathryn has also written articles for FamilyTree magazine, and The In-Depth Genealogist.

Kathryn is the past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and a past Director-at-Large with the Association of Professional Genealogists. Currently, she is the Canadian virtual chat coordinator with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, as well as one of the founding partners of Great Canadian Genealogy Summit. Kathryn continues to lecture about Canadian and Loyalist research throughout Canada and the United States.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Immigration and Naturalization Records for Family Historians  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

Jessica Harden is an archivist at the Archives of Michigan. She currently works with records from the Office of the Great Seal, staffs the reference desk, works with local government agencies that send records to the Archives, gives presentations about Archives of Michigan resources, and contributes to digitization projects. Jessica earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree and archives administration graduate certificate from Wayne State University in 2009.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Using DNA for Surname Studies and for Multifamily Genealogy Projects - Dr. James Sims  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
The speaker trained as a professional scientist (BA in biology, PhD in the biochemistry division of a chemistry department). He retired from his day job in Texas and moved to Michigan in 2013.  Since retirement, he speaks on the topic of genetic genealogy in the metro Detroit area. The speaker has more than 20 years of experience as an amateur genealogist working mostly in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic states from the British colonial period to the 20th century. He has more than 15 years of experience in genetic genealogy. The speaker serves as the volunteer administrator of the Symes DNA project, which is associated with the Family Tree DNA testing company.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Our People Were Farmers: Farming in Michigan, Background & Resources  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm
Gaelic League/Irish American Club, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
Dan Fantore started his genealogical research in 1995 and concentrated on his German and Italian ancestors.  He volunteered as a librarian at a Family History Library center for eight years.  He earned his certification as a Genealogical Records Specialist (lapsed) and has worked for clients on African-American, Scottish, Italian, French, and research.  His Mother grew up on a farm in Port Hope, Michigan and he loved to visit the farm to bale hay, feed cows, plant crops, and collect the chicken eggs.  Dan is a former special education teacher and was named Teacher of the Year by his colleagues.  Dan teaches classes on several genealogical and family history topics.