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Shirley Gage Hodges

Shirley Gage Hodges has been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes in Community Education Programs at various high schools and has also been a guest lecturer for several Michigan State University, The Union Institute and Davenport College programs.

Shirley has presented lecturers, seminars and workshops locally and regionally both in the United States and Canada since 1994. Her lectures are accompanied by visual aids, handouts and examples.

Although Shirley specializes in tracing your female ancestors she covers a wide variety of topics for both the novice and advanced genealogist. Her interest in sharing her love of genealogical research and her sense of humor have delighted audiences.

In 2006 Shirley was elected to the office of President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild where she served until 2010.

Her memberships include The Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and local societies. Shirley was recently honored with the Eaton County (Michigan) Heritage Award and the Library of Michigan Genealogy Appreciation Award

Shirley began contributing articles to Global Genealogy's online magazine/newsletter in June 2006.

Awards: Specialties:
  • Tracing Females
  • Census Records
Lecture Titles:
  • Immigration: The Journey to America
  • Church Records: The Ties That Bind
  • Ethnic Migration to Michigan
  • Family Historian or Pack Rat?
  • Family Skeleton or Esteemed Ancestor?
  • Little Known Facts About the Census
  • Newspapers: A Pot of Gold
  • Maps, Gazetteers and Directories
  • The Joys of Genealogy ( Luncheon or Dinner Talk )
  • Whither Thou Goest: Tracing Your Female Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Ancestor Through Military Records
  • UsingLand Records in Genealogical Research
  • Church Records: The Ties That Bind
  • Ethnic Migration to Michigan
  • Family Historian or Pack Rat
  • Family Skeleton or Esteemed Ancestor
  • Genealogy and Genetics
  • Immigration
  • The Journey to America
  • Little Known Facts about the Census
  • Making the Most of a Genealogical Research Trip
  • Maps, Gazetteers and Directories
  • Me and My Computer - What a Team
  • Michigan-Ontario Migration
  • Newspapers: A Valuable Research Tool
  • Research Facilities in the Great Lakes Area
  • Research Facilities in the Mid-Michigan Area
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors
  • Researching Your Virginia Ancestors
  • The Joys of Genealogy
  • The Importance of Preserving Your Family Heirlooms
  • The Importance of Women in the Civil War
  • The Internet: Blessings and Curses
  • The Orphan Trains
  • The Role of Women in History
  • There's Gold in Them Thar Hills: Did your Ancestor Go West?
  • Tiptoeing Through the Tombstones - A lecture and slide show
  • Using Vital Records to Their Full Advantage
  • What's in a Name?
  • Whither Thou Goest: Tracing Your Female Ancestors
Contact Information:

Shirley G. Hodges
14850 23 Mile Road
Albion, MI 49224-9508

Phome: (517) 629-2345
Contact between 9 am and 9 pm Eastern Time

web: Hodges Family Association

Speaking Fees & Details:
  • Pre-agreed honorarium
  • Lodging and transportation
  • All topics require audio visual equipment
  • Will provide a master for handouts/syllabus
Editor's Note: Shirley Hodges is the author of the popular Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930

Articles written by Shirley Gage Hodges and published by Global Genealogy

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