Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015 Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group’s next meeting at the Petoskey District Library, 3-5 p.m. Monday, November 20. Topic: Naturalization Records & Sources. The group meets every third Monday of the month. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. Each session will focus on a different topic. The group will be led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.

Barbara was born and raised in Ohio, lived in Texas, Indiana, and now Michigan. She was always a history buff but never really knew what genealogy was until she became a secretary at a Methodist church in Indiana in the early 1990s. It was after attending a class taught by a good friend that she became really hooked.

Her story begins with just a 3”x 5” piece of note paper with the name of her father, his parents and their parents. No other info was included, no date of birth/death, locations, etc. so the saying “beginning from scrap” really applied here. With that basic info and knowing they were from Kentucky, she began her quest. Computer genealogy was just in its infancy at the time, so everything needed to be done by hand, searching books, records, and reeling through film and micro-fiche. So much has changed; more records are on-line but not all records will ever be posted.

Barbara is an active member of the Charlevoix County Genealogical Society, the Emmet County Genealogical Society, Charlevoix County History Preservation Society and a volunteer at Raven Hill Discovery Center with the Todd Family Research project. She has taught genealogy for many years, researched for clients, co-authored a book on her father’s family, and currently hosts the Charlevoix Public Library’s Genealogy Interest Group. According to Barbara, “I am pleased and excited to have been asked to host an Interest Group at the Petoskey District Library. Am I addicted to genealogy … Yes; I guess you could say I am!”

2017 meeting schedule and topics:

January 16: Getting Acquainted with Each Other & What/Where You’re Researching
February 20:  What Was the Name?  What is in Your Name?  What Does It Mean?
March 20: How to Organize Your Records (Charts, Photos, Paper Records)
April 17: Family Tree vs. Roots Magic & Other Popular Software Databases
May 15: Using Vital Records (birth, marriage, death)
June 19: DNA Presentation with guest speaker Ed Evans
July 17: Genealogy Magazines (What’s Available to Help in Your Research)
August 21: What Charts Can You Use in Research
September 18: Searching Canadian Records
October 16: Online Family Trees Intro and Basics
November 20: Naturalization Records & Sources
December 18:   Guest speaker Rick Wiles

For questions, e-mail or call Barb at (231) 675-0987.