Program outlines how-to basics of family history search

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Family legacies in Lincoln Park pre-date the city’s 1925 incorporation, including Joseph and Mary Eberts in the late 1800s with children Wilfred, Edna and Joseph. Lincoln Park will celebrate its 90th anniversary as a city this weekend.

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Family legacies in Lincoln Park pre-date the city’s 1925 incorporation, including Joseph and Mary Eberts in the late 1800s with children Wilfred, Edna and Joseph. Lincoln Park will celebrate its 90th anniversary as a city this weekend.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – More than a few people have on their “bucket list” thoughts of researching their family history. Just as often, they may not know how – or where – to begin the search through the ancestral roots.

That question will frame a program this week hosted by the Lincoln Park Historical Society, “Adventures in Genealogy.”

“How people get started will be part of the presentation,” said Jeff Day, curator of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. “There will be forms and introductory information available.”

Featuring Sherry Huntington, president of the Downriver Genealogical Society, “Adventures in Genealogy” will offer tips on conducting genealogical research with examples and anecdotes from Huntington’s search through her family history.

Day said the museum possesses among its holdings information and photographs of longtime city residents, but recommends that would-be family historians contact the DGS for more thorough searches.

Genealogy has become increasingly popular in the digital age, Day said, and those uncertain of how to begin have far greater resources available than ever before.

“Nowadays with the Internet is easier for people who have the time,” Day said. “You can put as much time as you want into it, but it has to start with the basics.”

The program begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the museum, 1335 Southfield, and is free to the public. For information call the Museum at 313-386-3137 or go to www.lphistorical.org.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)