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Saturday, December 3
GSMC December Meeting
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
Rana Willit will provide information about the Michigan Pioneer Certificate Program.
 
 



Saturday, February 4, 2023
GSMC February Meeting
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
Subject- Tracing your Dutch Roots 
Alexander Tolksdorf is a genealogist and speaker, specializing in German, Dutch, and Eastern European research.  He began his personal journey in high school, inspired by a trip to Ellis Island and through a correspondence with his great uncle in Germany, who also was an active family historian.  All four of his grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s following the Second World War; as such, the majority of his research experience and focus is in European sources.  Paternally, his family is German, primarily from the Prussian provinces of Westphalia, Posen, and East Prussia.  Maternally, his family roots are Ukrainian.  Thus far, Alex has uncovered and actively researches family lines in Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Russia.  Through this work, he has become very comfortable with research in these counties; including overcoming the language barriers, lack of online record access, and lost or missing records. He relies on civil, church, and a plethora of other records for his research, and finds that all provide illumination and the tools to break down brick walls.  Alex believes that standard records only tell part of the story, with the many additional forms of documentation providing color and texture to a family history.

Alex enjoys his work as a financial analyst at the Ford Motor Company, and is the current President of the Ford Genealogy Club.  He is also active in the Ukrainian-American community of Metro Detroit, serving as the treasurer of the Ukrainian Graduates of Detroit and Windsor, as well as the treasurer and circulation manager of the Detroitski Novyny, the local community newspaper.  He is also on the Supervisory Committee of the Ukrainian Selfreliance Michigan Federal Credit Union.  During his spare time when he is not researching, Alex enjoys walking and exercising with his new wife, Katelyn, and their dog, as well as working on his car, a 2014 Ford Mustang GT.



Saturday, March 4, 2023
GSMC March Meeting
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
 
Tobin T. Buhk will discuss murders in Michigan at our March meeting.  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.  



Saturday, April 1, 2023
GSMC April Meeting
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Cafeteria
Shawna Lynn Mazur was born and has lived in Monroe all her life. In 2007, Shawna was hired by the Monroe County Historical Museums.  Having a bachelor’s degree in history and literature, she was thrilled to be employed in her field. Shawna’s love of history, research and writing led her to write numerous articles for the museum’s newsletter. She also had an article published in Michigan History Magazine and the Little Big Horn Associates newsletter, as well as the local newspaper.  When the National Park Service took over the battlefield, she was fortunate enough to be hired and became an interpretive ranger. She contributed to growing the park and developing some of the park’s interpretive programs, publications and curriculums. Having worked for the River Raisin National Battlefield Park for eleven years, she is currently the administrative assistant and retains the position of ranger. She recently researched and wrote a book for the park about tracing the remains of the Kentucky volunteer militia soldiers who did not survive the River Raisin battles.
 
Shawna has published a book called "Hidden History of Monroe County" and will be sharing stories from her publication.  Copies are available for purchase at the River Raisin National Battlefield.