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The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy February 25 10:30am

Join us for our February General Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 25th 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Speaker:  Sharon Hoyt, CGSM

The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy
One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a two-week job, and never returned.  The enduring mystery of his disappearance was deepened by the records he left, which differed from his family's stories about him.

Years after his disappearance, a small but vital clue from a family member’s record led to a wide network of August’s previously unknown relatives and associates.  Investigating the people who shared his early years not only revealed his mysterious origins, but provided a likely answer to the century-old question of his fate.  Learn how thorough records analysis and research on family, friends, and neighbors can help break down even long-standing brick walls.

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Not Your Usual Records with Amy Johnson Crow - Spring 2017 Seminar

Registration is open!

Join us Saturday May 6 2017, 9 am - 3 pm to hear Amy Johnson Crow speak on using unusual records in your research. 

Topics include:

• Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
• After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Vets
• Finding Ancestors Before 1850
• Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

DNA Interest Group

The DNA interest group meets regularly on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:15 to 3.45 pm in the Cañada College Library.

In January 2017 this group will start working through the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.  More information about the book can be found on the National Genealogical Society's website.

If you have question about the group or the book study please contact Chris Green at pastpres@smcgs.org.

The purpose of this group is to ask questions and get help interpreting your DNA results and deciding on next steps. The format is similar to that of all of our Special Interest Groups – there will be no charge to attend but membership in SMCGS is a requirement to join.


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