Genealogical society hosts event focused on European immigration to region

REED CITY — For local residents who wonder why and how their ancestors chose to arrive in the northwest region of Michigan, a genealogical seminar might shed some light on their forefathers' actions.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Reed City Depot, and feature speaker and local educator Nancy Burmeister. She will discuss Europe's changing borders in the mid to late 1800s, and reasons why Europeans immigrated to the U.S. and settled in this area of Michigan.

Debra Miller-Tossey, Osceola County Genealogical Society co-president, is looking forward to the event.

"I like it when people discover their family history," she said. "It's interesting to wonder why our ancestors came here and learn what they did. With this seminar, I look forward to maybe getting answers on why my own ancestors came here. I know a little bit, but I'd like to know more."

Miller-Tossey said society members also will be available at the Reed City Business and Community Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 5, which is one way to alert residents to their presence.

"We're trying to be more out there in the public eye and looking for ways to receive more donations," she said. "Also, maybe more people would want help researching their own family."

The genealogical society documents can be found inside the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, located at 4918 Park St. in Reed City. The groups has a collection of newspapers, microfilm, obituaries, census records, old photographs and more for attendees looking to learn about their heritage and family past.

Light refreshments will be provided during the seminar, which is free to attend. Donations, however, will be accepted.