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October 27, 2020 – 6:30PM – MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition is a family history database available through the Michigan eLibrary with access to a wide range of historical documents, images, and public records. Discover the fundamentals for navigating MyHeritage and learn key strategies for finding specific records within its collections.

November 24, 2020 – 6:30PM – Library Edition Library Edition is a comprehensive family history database with access to a wide range of historical documents, images, and public records. Learn the process of navigating’s vast collection of records and other strategies as you enhance your family history research skills.

December 15, 2020 – 6:30PM – Library of Michigan Digital Collections – Matt

Library of Michigan Digital (LMDigital) is the Michigan state library’s digital repository. Find both digitized materials from the Library’s own collections as well as other content from partnering cultural institutions, government agencies and individuals from around the state. Discover how to utilize this vast digital collection as well as other key online resources for your family history research.

January 26, 2021 – 6:30PM – Michigan County Poor Farms

Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poorhouses or poor farms. Explore the early history of these facilities in their attempts to become both self-sustaining entities and refuges for a county’s poor, elderly and destitute. Discover the lives and stories of those that resided at these poor farms. Learn about their transition to serving individuals with chronic illnesses and what eventually led to many of them shutting down in the later part of the 20th Century.

Staff Biographies

Adam Oster

Adam Oster is the Community Engagement Librarian for the Library of Michigan whose role is to provide reference assistance and promote the library’s collections and services. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Political Science and Secondary Education Certification. He also has a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University.

Matthew Pacer

Matt Pacer has many roles at the Library of Michigan, including Michigan Collection Curator, LM Digitization Coordinator, Rare Book Room Coordinator, Reference Librarian, and an all-around swell guy. He is here to help you discover resources that meet your research and learning needs. Matt holds degrees from Wright State University, Kansas State University and Wayne State University.