Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans

8/23/22 - To All Flemish Heritage Magazine Subscribers: Due to unforeseen issues with the post office, over half of our Heritage Magazine recipients, myself included, have not received their magazine. The digital copy is posted below. We have initiated an investigation with USPS. Thank you for your patience and understanding. - Cheryl Heckla

You can scroll through this entire issue of Volume XXXXI Issue 2, July 2022 of the Flemish American Heritage Magazine below or click the upper right hand of the document and it can "pop out" in full size. GSFA members receive 3 issues of the Flemish American Heritage Magazine per year. Click here for more information on becoming a member.

Volume XXXXI Issue 2 verticle.pdf

GSFA News and Site Updates:

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Margaret Roets, who died May 20, 2022, at the age of 101. She will be missed by all of us at GSFA - she was truly the backbone of this organization and worked at the library here until quite recently. She was the pround member of the BAA Retirees, BAA Auxiliary, Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans, The St. Clair Shores Historical Society, Friends of the St. Clair Shores Library, and the Roseville Historical Society. She was the President of the Historical Society of St. Clair Shores for 10 years and was also the recipient of the 2010 Alexander Macomb Historical Award. Visitation is Monday, May 23, 2022 from 4 - 8 PM. Service is Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 10:30AM - 11:30AM. Click the link for her obituary for locations and other details. www.vanfuneral.com/obituaries/Margaret-M-Roets?obId=24894180

In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations sent to Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans. This library/museum was her passion. Please click here to donate.

Here is a link to the photos from Margaret Roets' 99th birthday drive by! https://photos.app.goo.gl/tC5MbMtGdBZvtvQp8

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June 19, 2020 - Quarantine Family Activities! Visit our Family Fun page for ideas to keep you and your children busy!

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MAY 9, 2020 - In honor of Margaret Roets' 99TH birthday, there is a drive by and honk party in front of her home in St. Clair Shores today for Margaret on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:00 . There will be a book to sign somewhere on the block and at the moment, we don't know if its driving north to south or south to north! E-mail Cheryl at flemishlibrary@gmail.com for the address.

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Poll: Please visit our facebook page and take a poll regarding interest in touring the Detroit Institute of Arts' focus exhibition to celebrate one of the museum's most iconic paintings, Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Wedding Dance (1566), on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the artist's death. Visit our facebook page here.

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On June 6, 2019, Cheryl Heckla was interviewed by ATV (Belgian TV) during her visit to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. She is currently touring Belgium for several weeks. You can see the interview here --> https://atv.be/nieuws/hoog-bezoek-en-binnenkort-meer-toeristen-voor-red-star-line-museum-79837

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The GSFA's new Youtube Channel is now available!

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"Five Things All Family Historians Should Do Before They Die" by Curt B. Witcher, published in a recent "Genealogy Gems Newsletter". This is a timely and insightful article that discusses the necessity of getting our family stories recorded and the current available methods to do so.

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Welkom! Thank you for visiting our GSFA website. As the largest collection of Flemish genealogical records outside of Belgium, the GSFA helps people trace their Flemish and Belgian heritage; publishes a newsletter and magazine of pictures, stories, queries, and genealogy information; and has a large library of genealogy and Belgian heritage material at the American House in Roseville, Michigan, USA.

NOTE: The Gazette van Detroit and it's parent, The Belgian Publishing Company, ceased publishing and operation on December 31, 2018. All content and holdings have been transferred to GSFA. Please contact the GSFA library with questions about the Gazette at 586-777-2720.

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Upcoming Events Snapshot:

MAY 9, 2020 - In honor of Margaret Roets' 99TH birthday, there is a drive by and honk party in front of her home in St. Clair Shores today for Margaret on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:00 . There will be a book to sign somewhere on the block and at the moment, we don't know if its driving north to south or south to north! E-mail Cheryl at flemishlibrary@gmail.com for the address.

Save The Newspaper Project - Continuing:

HELP! Please lend your hands to help save thousands of pages and many decades of Flemish-American history. Do your part in helping make them available for researchers like yourselves by joining our "Save the Newspaper" team. We need additional pairs of hands for as little as a couple of hours a week. It may sound dramatic, but every hour saves a few months or more of history. A day in the library can sometimes preserve an entire year! The Gazette van Detroit published a Flemish language newspaper in Detroit for nearly 105 years and we are currently scanning and digitizing every page of every issue and creating searchable documents! It's a delicate operation, but a relatively simple process. It's a rare opportunity, rewarding and quite fascinating work. You do not need to know the language.

Please visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.

The Leon Buyse Library Tour:

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The GSFA Library Research Center and Belgian American Museum are open for business again - FINALLY!

PLEASE NOTE: Our hours of operation have changed:

January - October: We are generally in the office on Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 am until 3 pm EST (please call ahead to ensure we are available, 586-777-2720). We are open to the general public for walk-in services, 10:30 am until 3 pm EST, the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

November & December: We are generally in the office on Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 am until 3 pm EST (please call ahead to ensure we are available, 586-777-2720). We are open to the general public for walk-in services, 10:30 am until 3 pm EST, the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Special hours available by appointment. Please call 586-777-2720.

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Volunteers Needed:

We are always in need of volunteers of varying skill sets to assist with our many projects & events - visit our Volunteer page for a complete list of opportunities. We are in the midst of the two major projects listed below with which we require immediate and on-going assistance - please share these opportunities with others.:

Save The Newspaper Project:

HELP! Please lend your hands to help save thousands of pages and many decades of Flemish-American history. Do your part in helping make them available for researchers like yourselves by joining our "Save the Newspaper" team. We need additional pairs of hands for as little as a couple of hours a week. It may sound dramatic, but every hour saves a few months or more of history. A day in the library can sometimes preserve an entire year! The Gazette van Detroit published a Flemish language newspaper in Detroit for nearly 105 years and we are currently scanning and digitizing every page of every issue and creating searchable documents! It's a delicate operation, but a relatively simple process. It's a rare opportunity, rewarding and quite fascinating work. You do not need to know the language.

Please visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.

The Belgian American Museum Cataloging Project:

Our Belgian American Museum is packed full of interesting traditional cultural pieces, each of which need to be cataloged with photos and detailed descriptions. It is a fascinating, yet time-consuming project. Please consider helping us with this important work.

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Our Mission - To share and promote with pride the preservation of our heritage and to help educate persons interested and learning about genealogy by providing resources and assistance.

GSFA is proud to be the largest library of Flemish genealogy records outside of Belgium. Please come by and take a look around or ask questions. We also have a museum of interesting traditional cultural pieces, as well as books, shirts, and many other items for sale.

The GSFA is staffed by volunteers and is funded by donations and proceeds from memberships. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today. There are several ways to help us with funding. Check out our Membership & Donations page for further information. Thanks!

GSFA is always looking for volunteers! Do you have a few extra hours a month during the day and/or an occasional Saturday to assist with several ongoing projects or help with special events? In many cases, your genealogy skill level doesn't matter! Please Visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.