Our People Were Farmers: Farming in Michigan, Background and Resources (OCGS Meetings)
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Many family historians find that their ancestors were farmers. The presentation will talk about the pervasiveness of farming, sources for farming history including, deeds, plat maps, the agricultural schedule of the United States Census, the 1938 Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Rural Property Inventory, and Centennial Farms.
Presenter: Dan Fantore
Dan Fantore began researching his family history in 1995, starting with his German-Lutheran families of Port Hope, Huron County, Michigan. Since then he has also researched his Italian roots, using Italian civil records. Dan was a family history center volunteer librarian in Annandale, Virginia for eight years. Dan was a special education teacher and was voted Teacher of the Year by his fellow teachers at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. Dan Fantore earned his certification as a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist (lapsed). He has done research for clients and others including research in German, Scottish, French, Italian and African-American research records. Dan teaches classes in genealogy and family history including Italian and German research, Evaluating Evidence, Breaking Down Brickwalls, Our People Were Farmers, and Writing for Family History. After researching for years, Dan has recently been spending his time writing family histories for all of his families.