May Program

     The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will meet on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Education Center Auditorium at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Note: This is one week earlier than normal due to the Memorial Day holiday. 
The meeting is free and open to everyone.  A map of the location can be found on the "About Us" page of this website.  
    Our program will be "Researching There When You Are Here"presented by Karen Krugman. Her presentation focuses on researching in places other than where you live. Not all of us are lucky enough to live in the place where our ancestors settled.  This talk will show you the tools you need to research in places away from home. This presentation is useful for researchers of all levels from beginners upward. Come join us for this great talk--your ancestors are waiting!    
Karen Krugman has been a professional genealogist since 1998 and has spoken to genealogy groups in metro Detroit as well as other areas of Michigan and Ohio. Her talks are given with a humorous spin that is unique to her. She is past president of the Ford Genealogy Club. Karen has written five books and is co-author of The Ford Family Cemetery, where auto pioneer Henry Ford is buried.
The class following the presentation will be "No Dumb Questions"Bring your genealogy questions to this popular class session. An expert panel of GSWC Members will be on hand to provide ideas and solutions.
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Faces Never Forgotten

Help the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund find a photo for every name on The Wall.  Michigan has 2,665 soldiers on The Wall and 636 do not have pictures yet, including 6 from Washtenaw County. Put your genealogical skills to work by visiting to learn how you can help. Use the Advanced Search to look by city, county, or state.
                                     Faces Not Forgotten
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The purpose of our society is to aid and assist members in genealogical studies, to encourage the collection and preservation of family and public records, and to promote the exchange of genealogical information. The society functions primarily through the volunteer efforts of its members. All are welcome to participate in the many varied service activities we offer.

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County (GSWC for short) was founded in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit organization on 25 August 1977. The GSWC became a member of the newly organized Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) in May, 1974. The MGC seeks to coordinate and encourage activities in the field of family history throughout the State of Michigan. The GSWC is also a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

If you are interested in genealogy and local history, you are welcome to join us. Membership includes all programs and activities, use of the society library and files, and subscriptions to the quarterly publication Family History Capers and to the GSWC Newsletter. We welcome those who are beginning their family research as well as those more experienced. Our meetings are open to the public.

For those who are researching in Washtenaw County, our website is designed to provide the essential information you need to make your task easier. For those who live in Washtenaw County, our aim is to provide basic information about local and nearby genealogical resources and Internet links to other helpful locations. We hope you will find our website to be genealogically useful and informative.

At the present time, we are not set up to receive and process inquiries via the web. To request research, please read the instructions under Research Questions, then communicate with us by mail.

Genealogy Library in Indiana Threatened

Budget Cuts are threatening the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library.  For more information please click here.

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