EventsDeep Dive into Family History Series

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Deep Dive into Family History Series

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
East Lansing Public Library


A 7-week introductory family history series for all ages! Special speakers, hands-on demonstrations and opportunities to search library ancestry resources, Q&A, personal consultations, genetic genealogy & DNA discussion, and optional research assignments will be included. We encourage young people to attend with a family member to work together on their family history this summer. Attend one or all sessions and we will have a group sharing event to close out the series!  Each session you attend = one entry into the DNA Kit giveaway drawing!

Topics & Speakers:

June 13: Ginger Ogilvie presenting Genealogy 101

June 27: Library of Michigan collections

July 11: African American Genealogy - Jessica Trotter

July 18: DNA & Genetic Genealogy - Ginger Ogilvie

July 25: Lansing Family History Center

August 1: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors- Jessica Trotter

August 8: Closing Comments, Group share, and DNA Kit raffle

*Please note the 8/1 meeting will be in the Family History meeting room #2, all other dates will be in the large meeting room.

Genealogist Bios:

Jessica Trotter is an archivist by education—but works in public libraries by day. She has presented regionally for the past eight years including annually for the Archives of Michigan Barbara J. Brown / Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, for the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library, and at the NGS Conference in 2018 as well as part of their Virtual On Demand Lectures in 2020. Her genealogy research areas include Midwest, African American, British Isles, Canadian, and Early American research. She is the current President of Lansing Area African American Genealogy Society and maintains a genealogy research related blog called Genie Road Trip at:

Ginger Ogilvie is a professional genealogist who is passionate about helping people connect with their roots. As a descendant of Utah pioneers, she has studied several westward migration patterns, and has researched families in all regions of the continental United States, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Scotland. Ginger has a B.A. in History and holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is a member of: Association for Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Utah Genealogical Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society, and several other local societies. Ginger loves to incorporate DNA testing into her research and is a founding co-administrator for the Ogilvy Y-DNA Surname Project through FamilyTreeDNA. Find her at

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