Ah, the last week of October brings the end of Family History Month, but first, we have a week full of events and opportunities!

Sunday, October 25, starts off with John Beatty sharing his knowledge about “Ancestry’s Public Member Trees: How to Explore, Evaluate, and Add Value.” This talk will explore some of the benefits and pitfalls of the Public Member Trees and will offer advice on how to make your own Tree outstanding. Be there, 1-2 p.m., in Meeting Room A.

Kay Spears concludes her computer assistance series with “Mysteries of Microsoft for Beginners: Excel, PowerPoint and Access” on Monday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Computer Classroom. Explore Excel, PowerPoint and Access and how you can use them, with helpful hints on some things you should do, what each program does, and some of the things to avoid. Register early. Space is limited. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register.

Tuesday, October 27, offers “Finding Billy Yank and Johnny Reb: Beginning Research on Your Civil War Soldier,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A. Join Delia Bourne and learn about service records, pensions, regimental histories, salt lists, questionnaires and more to help you discover your Civil War soldier.

Melissa Tennant will present “City Directories: More than Basic Facts,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room A on Wednesday, October 28. City directories provide more than just a name and address for a particular year. Discover the stories held within these volumes.

Thursday, October 29 we will have John Beatty with “Death Heads and Clasped Hands: Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography for the Genealogist.” Many tombstones of the past had icons and carvings that had deep meaning at the time but are lost on us today. This talk will explore some of those symbols and offer a guide on how to interpret them. Be in Meeting Room A, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30 brings our “Midnight Madness Extended Research Hours,” 6 p.m.-Midnight, in The Genealogy Center. You know you've always wanted to stay to research after everyone else leaves! So stay until Midnight to research and celebrate the end of another great Family History Month! As an added bonus, we are also offering three mini-programs:
6:30 p.m. – “Family Connections via Facebook,” presented by Melissa Tennant. Discover a place where everyone wants to hear your latest genealogical discovery or help you find the answer to your latest family query. Learn how family connections and an entirely new genealogical community is waiting on Facebook.
7:30 p.m. – “What Can I Find in The Genealogy Center’s Free Databases?” Curt Witcher will guide you on a tour of the many useful resources available for free on GenealogyCenter.org.
8:30 p.m. – “Seeking Michigan Ancestors?” Kris Rzepczynski will explore search strategies and the growing array of genealogically rich Michigan resources available for free at Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org). Current content includes death records from 1897-1939, The Detroit News card index, state census records, and Civil War enlistment records.
Note: No preregistration is necessary for Midnight Madness, but you must be in The Center by 6 p.m. You may leave at any time, but there is no re-admittance. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for more information.

Saturday, October 31, brings the end of Family History Month by presenting one last program, “Success with Fold3,” presented by Delia Bourne, 10-11 a.m., in the Globe Room. Millions of documents await discovery at Fold3! Learn how to browse and search records in this premier collection of military records, newspapers, and city directories.

And don’t go anywhere! WinterTech is right around the corner!