Programs are usually the 3rd Saturday of the month at Hackley Public Library at 10:30 AM. The doors will open at 10:00 AM. Theprogram will be in the lower level, Room #2. Use the FRONT DOOR ONLY! There is parking on the street, access to the front door only. Handicap ramp is also available. You can take the stairs or elevator to the lower level. Restrooms are also available in the lower level. Meetings are FREE to the public or anyone interested in their family history!

No programs in July & December. 





August Program

Saturday, August 17, 2024 @ 10:30 AM

"Wills, Thrills, and Chills: Digging into Probate Records”

Speaker, Kris Rzepczynski


This session will provide an overview of probate records, the different types of records created, including wills, inventories, and calendars, the family history content to be discovered, and where to find them online and onsite.

A Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research, Kris has worked in the genealogical community for more than 23 years. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University.





September Program

Saturday, September 21, 2024 @ 10:30 AM

"Cemetery Sleuth” 

Speaker, Cristine Bouwkamp


The Cemetery Super Sleuth presentation will explore how to identify clues that might be able to point a genealogist towards a research source. We will start with some interesting emblems, symbols and move on into harder clues like monument shapes, and even some grave lot locations that might give us some hints. 

Cristine is a seasoned memorial consultant at Superior Monument & Patten Monument Company. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Cristine has demonstrated exceptional expertise in memorial design, highlighted Achievement of becoming a Certified Memorialist from Monument. Builders of North America. Currently serving as the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Patten Monument Group, Cristine brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her role, fostering strong connections within the community and driving innovative solutions in the memorialization field. Cristine currently serves as the Chair for the MBNews, and President Elect of the Women's division of the MBNA. She is an industry writer and speaker, and volunteers as an advisor for cemetery boards.