Genealogical Society of Monroe County, MI
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Saturday, August 17
Ellis Library Lock In  (Special Event)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ellis Reference Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer Rd, Monroe, MI
We are taking over Ellis Library once again (with Lou's approval)! 
Join us at Ellis Library on the second floor for an evening of research and camaraderie with other genealogists.  Be inside the library before 5:00 when the library closes for patrons and have your research notes prepared for an evening of research.  Ellis is an LDS affiliate library and has access to several on line databases, like Ancestry Library Edition and FamilySearch.  They also have microfilmed church records, newspapers and an extensive genealogy collection.  
Please let Rana know if you plan to attend so we can make sure we have enough pizza and feel free to bring a snack to share with the group. 
It's a great chance to meet new members and learn about new resources to advance your genealogical research.

GSMC September Meeting
Saturday, September 7
GSMC September Meeting  (Meeting)
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
Join Dr. Zochowski to learn about the basics of next-generation sequencing, or the process by which your DNA can be extracted, sequenced, and assembled into your unique genetic code.  Sequencing contributes to our understanding of many different biological systems, including the ability to gain insights into ancestry.  

Saturday, October 5
GSMC October Meeting  (Meeting)
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
Tobin T. Buhk will make a return to GSMC to discuss the student murders in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He is a freelance author specializing in historic true crime.  To research his first book, Cause of Death, he volunteered in a county morgue.  His subsequent true-crime publications include Skeletons in the Closet, True Crime in the Civil War, and Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids. Mr. Buhk lectures frequently on historic crime.  

GSMC December Meeting
Saturday, December 7
GSMC December Meeting  (Meeting)
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
 "Using Polish Websites to Find Grandpa's Village"
The ancestral birthplace has been identified by using passenger manifest and naturalization records.  Now what?  This presentation will provide tips for using several Polish websites to locate records.  
Since 2007, Valerie Koselka served as Corresponding Secretary, Vice-President and is the current President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan.  She represents PGSM as a delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council and the National Genealogical Society.
Valerie is a member of several local genealogy societies including Downriver Genealogical Society, Dearborn Genealogical Society, Detroit Society of Genealogical Research, and the Western Wayne Genealogical Society.  She joined the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and Northeast, Eastern European Genealogical Society, and the Polish Genealogical Society of America. 
She volunteers at the Westland Family Search Center twice a month and admins several Polish genealogy groups on Facebook. 
She lives with her genealogist husband, Tom, in Westland.