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Family History Center under new leadership

January 19, 2012
The Alpena News

The Alpena Family History Center announces both a new director and new hours of operation.

Located at 411 Long Rapids Plaza in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building, the Family History Center is now under the leadership of Katie Isaacs.

An administrative missionary, Isaacs arrived in Alpena in August 2011 from Huntsville, Texas, where she had completed extensive research of her own family tree. Her family group sheets now includes a husband of 43 years, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Katie Isaacs, the new director of the Alpena Family History Center, is anticipating the release in April of the 1940 federal population census by the National Archives. Volunteers are needed to index this major project.

Her primary genealogical expertise is in southern families, including families from the areas of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi where she has found military and land records to be of great value. Isaacs said she enjoys Northern Michigan, especially the beautiful snowfalls.

New hours of operation for 2012 are: Tuesdays from 1-8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Isaacs will be available on Tuesdays, while RoseMarie Guthrie, the previous director, will continue to be available on Wednesdays to assist.

All training and the use of readers and computers are still free thanks to the volunteer leaders and staff of the Family History Center. The staff now includes Carol Banas, Wendy Bevin, Evelyn Broegman, Leonard Davey, Charles High, Clifford Isaacs, Robert Lakin, Linda Muma, Toni Pysher, Christopher Raines and Janet Romas.

The Family History Center utilizes the vast collection of the LDS Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City, which has international connections to almost all countries of the world. Microfilming began in the late 1920s in many areas of Europe. In foreign countries, one can locate cemeteries, churches, civil records and much more.

Some of these documents are now available through the Family History Center site online. Special collections housed in the Alpena facility include over 500 filmed copies of early birth, marriage and death for nearly all counties in Michigan; Northeastern Michigan, Native American collection to include the Gruet rolls; and a great representation of Polish/ German/ Prussian villages.

In addition, the Alpena center has 13 premium Internet sites available for family history research at no cost. These sites include:

In April, the National Archives will release the 1940 federal population census. This census contains more information than any census so far and will open up opportunities for the younger generation to begin searching for their roots.

Indexing the census will be the next challenge. Volunteers are needed. Anyone who has Internet at home and is willing to donate some time should call 358-9809 or stop into the center to learn.

Today at 7 p.m., a program "Genealogy from my Home Computer" will be presented at the center in conjunction with the Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society. This program will explain how to use the LDS internet site to discover your roots. All are welcome and the program is free and without solicitation.



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