Archive for September 13th, 2011|Daily archive page

Brighton Library Offers Tips on Genealogy Research

Join genealogist Karen Trzcinski at the Brighton District Library as she presents County Courthouse Records, a program for beginning and advanced genealogists on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The program is an overview of the numerous types of records found at county courthouses and how they relate to building a family history.

Trzcinski will discuss the importance of not overlooking the county courthouse when exploring one’s family history. The everyday joys and hardships of your ancestor’s lives can often be found among the documents and original records of the local court. Marriage certificates, divorce records, land grants, deeds, wills, probate records, military rosters and an abundance of other genealogical records are tucked away in books, folders, file cabinets and boxes just waiting to be discovered.

Those attending the program will learn how to avoid major pitfalls when looking through courthouse records. Trzcinski stresses developing a plan of action before heading to the courthouse to ensure the most efficient use of your time. Researching old records can become overwhelming and researchers often are disappointed when they visit the courthouse because they really don’t know where to begin.

Oftentimes, obscure records may contain a wealth of useful information. Additionally, county clerks themselves might not be aware of older records that may be in storage and haven’t been used for years.

Join Trzcinski for an informative evening of genealogical know-how. To register or learn more about the program County Courthouse Records at the Brighton District Library call 810-229-6571 x 227 or visit our website The library is located at 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI 48114.

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