Wayne County Genealogical Society Programs

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The Wayne County Genealogical Society holds a business meeting eleven times a year. It does not meet in December. Programs will be in-person with an option to attend virtually with most programs. Short business meetings will be held following each program. Programs usually begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the Conference Room of the Wayne County Public Library unless otherwise noted.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Sharing your Legacy
Do you have a story to share? Join the Wayne County Genealogical Society and the Wayne County Public Library as we provide an opportunity for attendees to share oral histories, stories of photographs, documents, research successes, research trips, and heirlooms. Each person will be given 5-10 minutes to share their story. At the discretion of each attendee, he or she may choose to permit the library to add their story on the library's YouTube Channel.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Writing Your Family Narrative
With the close of the holiday season, did you spend time with family and create memories? There is no better time than the present to write down your memories. Deb Kitko will provide some alternatives to recording those memories.

Monday, March 27, 2023

If Walls Could Talk
Presented by Chris Drain
Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? Or maybe you are trying to find the house or building your ancestor built. This program focuses on types of research and repositories, both online and in courthouses, that will enable you to construct house histories for homes and historic buildings.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Collateral, Circumstantial, and Negative Evidence: Finding Abraham Summers' Identity
Presented by Pam Blaha
Overcoming Obstacles with a Different Approach: Pam began researching in 2005 and Abraham Summers was always a brick wall. He has a common name, lived in Virginia in burned counties pre1800, and never wrote about his family. Despite fathering 17 children, very little was written about their parents. Pam has taken a different path to uncovering Abraham’s family.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Indenturers, Redemptioners, and Apprentices
Presented by Peggy Lauritzen
It is frequently assumed that the only bound Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. This lecture will examine the many different forms of servitude and indentureship in early America.

For more information on the upcoming programs of the Wayne County Genealogical Society, visit the chapter's website or Facebook page.