Meet Author, Lecturer and “Hoosier Daddy?” Blogger Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
April 2, 2016, is the date of The Chicago Genealogical Society’s 2016 Spring Genealogy Seminar with Author, Lecturer and “Hoosier Daddy?” Blogger Michael D. Lacopo, DVM at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Come spend a day with Michael and the Chicago Genealogical Society.
Who is the “Hoosier Daddy?” Blogger? Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.
He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day. He is teaching at the 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the June 2016 session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).
Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
Register today to spend a day with Michael and the Chicago Genealogical Society. You can find more information about the genealogy seminar on the CGS website. Register online or mail in the registration form to reserve your seat for this great seminar. We are excited about Michael visiting the Chicago Genealogical Society. Hope you can join us on April 2nd for this great genealogy day!