AFGS Calendar of Events

Presentations by guest speakers are open to the public free of charge through a grant from              The LeFoyer Endowment Fund  

Seating is limited to 50 persons so pre-registration is required

Sunday, March 1, 1:30 pm:

What Happened to the Children?: The Orphans of the Irish Famine and the Canadian Quarantine Station at Grosse Ile by Chuck Arning, Public Historian and retired National Park Service Interpretive Ranger.

During the winter of 1847 a vast number of barely seaworthy vessels, commonly referred to as “Coffin Ships,” set sail for Canada with sick, diseased and starving Irish families.  Between June 1847 and early September 1848, over 600 orphans were sent to Quebec City from the quarantine station on Grosse Ile. Chuck will discuss what happened to the children.

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Sunday, March 8, 1:30 pm:

Using Social Media for #Genealogy by Marian Burk Wood, author of the best-selling book, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past.”

Decode the hashtags of #family history, #genealogy, #genchat and more.  Social media like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are fun, free and good places to gain family history knowledge, find useful and timely information, connect with researchers and possible relatives through posts and live chats.  Marian will present practical tips for how to lurk and learn or participate by asking questions and adding comments.

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